SIR40116 Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy

Who should do this course?

  • Experienced Pharmacy Assistants who are looking to expand their skills to become a senior Pharmacy Assistant or front of shop manager

Students can learn:

This qualifications provides you with the next step in your career in community pharmacy. The Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy can further build your knowledge of key health conditions and product knowledge or develop new skills in dispensary or supervision. Tailored streams available include:

  • Management: Maintaining employee relations, manage pharmacy premises, equipment and merchandise, build customer relationships and loyalty, implement continuous improvement, plus more
  • Health: Recognise healthy body systems (new), wound care, continence management, vitamins, minerals and supplements, plus more
  • Or tailor the Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy by choosing units to help you build your future in community pharmacy, your way. Units can include: Dispensary, pregnancy and maternal health,  diet, nutrition and weight management, sleep apnoea, plus many more

Course information:

The Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy consists of 3 core units and 11 electives. This course can be tailored to suit your learning requirements and career goals. Your Guild Trainer will work with you to develop a training plan to meet your needs and the needs of your pharmacy. Most Pharmacy Assistants complete the course in around 12 months.

As the Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy is a flexible course with rolling enrolments, you can start as soon as you are ready.

To undertake a Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy, you are required to:

  • Have achieved the Certificate III in Community Pharmacy or
  • Have relevant industry employment experience as a community pharmacy assistant in a job role that has involved the application of skills and knowledge described in core units of competency from SIR30116 Certificate III in Community Pharmacy, and
  • Have a statement of attainment in the unit SIRCIND002 Support the supply of Pharmacy Medicine and Pharmacy Only Medicines.

To discuss entry requirements please contact a Guild Training Specialist.

This qualification is available to Pharmacy Assistants currently working in a community pharmacy.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning is available for all qualifications. The RPL process acknowledges the skills and competencies gained from work experience, prior training and life experiences. Through RPL, competencies may be granted for specific units within community pharmacy qualifications, meaning some Pharmacy Assistants can finish their course earlier than expected.

How much will this qualification cost?

SIR40116 Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy is a funded qualification under the Queensland Governments 2020 – 2021 Annual VET Investment Plan and is available to eligible students.  Student that are not eligible for the funding have the option of paying the full cost of the training.

Higher Level Skills Program

Higher Level Skills Program is an initiative of the Queensland Government and the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training.  SIR40116 Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy training is funded by the Queensland Government, please refer to the following Fact Sheets for further information, including the eligibility requirements regarding this State Government initiative and/or contact us.

Students eligible to participate in the training under the Higher Level Skills funding are required to pay a co-contribution fee.

Co-contribution - Non-Concessional

Co-contribution - Concessional



*The co-contribution fee may be paid by an employer or another third party

Fee For Service

Students also have the option of paying for the full cost of the training for $2,500 for member pharmacy and $3,500 for non-member pharmacy.

Where a student is paying for the course fees, Guild Training will not collect more than $1500 in pre-paid fees.

Payment plans available for all tuition fees.

​Click here to view course units

How to enrol:

Complete an expression of interest and one of our friendly training specialists will contact you to discuss your training options.

Contact the Queensland Branch on 07 3831 3788 or submit an enquiry to find out more!

*Eligibility criteria applies. Price and saving per enrolment subject to change.

Download Enrolment Forms:

SIR40116 Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy (Fee For Service)

SIR40116 Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy (Higher Level Skills)

For more information
Contact Guild Training


07 3831 3788

Guild Training is a Registered Training Organisation (0452)

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Page last updated on: 04 July 2022