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From brand new to experienced staff, the Guild has training solutions to suit pharmacy assistants at every stage of their career.

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SIR20116 - Certificate II in Community Pharmacy

The Certificate II in Community Pharmacy is your first step in a career in pharmacy. This qualification will provide you with basic pharmacy and retails skills. Expanding your skills provides career growth and opportunities, helping you to secure your future.

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SIR30116 - Certificate III in Community Pharmacy

Comprehensive product knowledge and health information including cough and cold, analgesic and anti-inflammatory and allergies management. Grow and specialise your career with key pharmacy roles: health conditions, front of shop operations, merchandising and display, marketing, stock control, dispensary operations and key product and health categories.

To complete the Certificate III in Community Pharmacy, you will need to complete 19 units - 11 core units and 8 elective units. The elective units have been grouped into three streams: Health, Dispensary and Front of Shop.

SIR30116 - Certificate III in Community Pharmacy (Health)

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SIR30116 - Certificate III in Community Pharmacy (Dispensary)

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SIR30116 - Certificate III in Community Pharmacy (Front of Shop)

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SIR40116 Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy

This qualification will benefit experienced pharmacy assistants who are looking to expand their skills to become a senior pharmacy assistant or front-of-shop manager. Senior pharmacy assistants are often responsible for the management of particular functions in the pharmacy, the management of a range of health categories or for the supervision of pharmacy staff.

To complete the Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy you will need to complete 14 units - 3 core units and 11 elective units. There are a range of units to assist you in developing skills in merchandising, quality assurance, marketing and human resources management. The elective units have been grouped into two streams: Management and Health.

SIR40116 Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy (Management)

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SIR40116 Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy (Health)

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SIR40216 Certificate IV in Community 3624 Pharmacy Dispensary

This qualification will benefit experienced pharmacy assistants who are looking to expand their skills in the area of dispensary. Dispensary assistants work with the pharmacist to provide prescription medicines to pharmacy customers. Under the supervision of the pharmacist, dispensary assistants maintain customer records, select and label medicines and process claims.

To complete the Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy Dispensary,  you will need to complete 14 units - 9 core units and 5 elective units. The core units will provide you with the basic pharmacy and dispensing skills required to operate effectively in a community pharmacy. The elective units allow you to extend your dispensing skills or broaden your pharmacy skills.

The elective units have been grouped into three streams: Health, Dispensary and Management.

SIR40216 Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy Dispensary (Dispensary)

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SIR40216 Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy Dispensary (Health)

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SIR40216 Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy Dispensary (Management)

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Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that matches the skills and knowledge gained through work, study and life experience against the training that is covered in the Community Pharmacy qualifications or individual units from these qualifications.

As we move through life we gain skills and knowledge in many different ways. Skills can be developed by attending short courses, study or training undertaken on the job. Skills and knowledge can also be gained through work in the pharmacy, another business or voluntary work we undertake in the community.

If you are currently working in a community pharmacy or have retail experience from a previous job you should definitely consider applying for RPL as part of your enrolment.

There is a range of benefits to both the learner and employer when RPL is applied:

Learner benefits

  • Recognition of currents skills
  • Qualification achieved in less time
  • Less workload

Employer benefits

  • Less time in training
  • Motivated staff learning new skills
  • Identification of skill or knowledge gaps

Guild Training has developed a new RPL process which allows the learner to determine the skills and knowledge they already have, match this to the training they are required to complete and gather evidence to demonstrate their skills.

The evidence provided by the learner is then assessed by a qualified Guild trainer. Guild trainers have current industry experience which ensures that learners are assessed against industry standards.


The Pharmacy Guild of Australia is a nationally Registered Training Organisation (RTO 0452)

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Page last updated 09 October 2017