Certificate in Pharmacy (Pharmacy Technician - Advanced) (Level 5)

Central Auckland - 20 January 2025


Fees Free!
NZQA Level: 5
NZQA Credits: 140
Learning Style: Mixed Online / In-Person Learning
44 weeks
Start Date:
End Date:
12 December 2025

This qualification is designed for learners who want to acquire the skills to work as a pharmacy technician, including relevant laws for dispensing medications, dispensing techniques, and professionalism and support techniques. This programme enables learners to enter the workforce as a technician, or progress into further study.

The Pharmacy industry is dynamic, exciting and there are many job opportunities for qualified Pharmacy Technicians. You can play a key role in helping patients feel better and get well as fast as possible.

Our Pharmacy Technician course gives you practical learning on campus and will teach you all the key skills and pharmaceutical knowledge you need to start your career.

100 Symonds Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010

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New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy (Pharmacy Technician - Advanced) (Level 5)

Ākonga must:

  • All applicants must be aged 18 or older. 

  • Applicants must hold the New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy (Introduction to Pharmacy Practice) (Level 3) [Ref: 1886] Or equivalent skills and knowledge of working in a New Zealand pharmacy and hold a secondary/tertiary qualification at NZQF Level 3 or equivalent.

  • Have an acceptable New Zealand Police vet check prior to the beginning of practical experience.

  • Applicants with English as second language may need to demonstrate sufficiency in English language via Internal Evaluation Test.

International students additional to the above must meet the following criteria:

  • An academic or General IELTS score of 6 is required with no band score lower than 5.5 or equivalent Internationally Recognised English Proficiency test. IELTS 6.5 is highly recommended to be successful in the programme due to the high level of technical content in the programme; and an interview may be required.

  • International students must have travel and medical insurance and a valid visa.

  • International students and Chemist Warehouse: Conditions apply around work visa restrictions.

* Other English Tests / evidence may be approved as advised by NZQA

The first year of this course's fees are free when this is your first year of study. Ask NZMA to help or find out more here.

If you meet certain conditions you can get a student loan and allowances. Find out if you meet the conditions by calling StudyLink on Freephone 0800 88 99 00 or visit www.studylink.govt.nz.

The cost can be different depending on the subject and duration of the course. View the course cost for New Zealand students here and International students here.


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