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UK-qualified pharmacy technicians

This section is relevant to those who are currently completing or have recently completed their training and have the new GPhC approved qualifications.

Please note: The two-year transitional period to register without a GPhC approved qualification is now closed. If you apply now on a ‘grandparenting’ application form with the ‘old-style’ qualifications your application will not be processed. Overseas qualified pharmacists and pharmacy technicians must also now complete the approved GPhC qualifications before they are eligible to register and work as a pharmacy technician in Great Britain.

The criteria for registration which apply from 1 July 2011 onwards are in the Criteria for registration as a pharmacy technician document below.

Persons seeking registration as a pharmacy technician from 1 July 2011 must have completed both a competency qualification and a knowledge qualification, (see Annex A of the Criteria for initial registration as a pharmacy technician) and meet the qualifying period of work experience before being eligible for registration.

Criteria for registration as a pharmacy technician

Qualifying period of work experience

You need to provide evidence of having completed a minimum of two years relevant work-based experience in the UK under the supervision, direction or guidance of a pharmacist to whom you have been directly accountable for not less than 14 hours per week. (Please see section 3 of the GPhC Criteria for initial registration as a pharmacy technician).

During these two years, you must have completed at least 1260 hours of work experience (excluding sickness absence, maternity leave and holidays) and at least 315 hours of work experience in each year.

You can include work experience during your pharmacy technician courses and up to 3 months before the start of the course provided that during this time you have been working and carrying out the roles of a pre-registration trainee pharmacy technician in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man or Channel Islands under the supervision, direction or guidance of a pharmacist to whom you have been directly accountable. This is because within 3 months of commencing contracted relevant work experience as a pre-registration trainee pharmacy technician you must commence or register for one of the two required qualifications listed above.

If you hold a non - UK pharmacy qualification you must complete

  • One of the competency qualifications and
  • One of the knowledge qualifications (see Annex A of the Criteria for initial registration as a pharmacy technician)

You must complete these qualifications whilst working in the UK as a pre-registration trainee pharmacy technician under the supervision, direction or guidance of a pharmacist to whom you have been directly accountable for not less than 14 hours per week.

You are not required to complete the full 2 years relevant work experience in the UK if you provide evidence:

  • that you have relevant work-based experience in the UK as a pre-registration trainee pharmacy technician under the supervision, direction or guidance of a pharmacist to whom you have been directly accountable for not less than 14 hours per week whilst you have been completing the two approved UK qualifications. You can include work experience, during your UK pharmacy technician courses and up to 3 months before the start of the courses, provided that during this time you have been working and carrying out the role of a pre-registration trainee pharmacy technician in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man or Channel Islands under the supervision, direction or guidance of a pharmacist to whom you have been directly accountable; and
  • that you hold a non-UK pharmacist or pharmacy technician qualification. You must arrange for your awarding institution to send direct to the GPhC the academic transcript relating to your qualification; and
  • that you are registered or otherwise eligible to practise as a pharmacist or pharmacy technician in the country of your qualification. You must arrange for the regulatory authority or awarding institution to confirm this direct to the GPhC. If the profession is regulated in your country of qualification this is normally in the form of a letter of good standing or certificate of current professional status.