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How to Become a Pharmacy Technician- The Easy Read

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How to Become a Pharmacy Technician- The Easy Read

​If you’re checking out this blog, it’s likely that you’re considering a career as a Pharmacy Technician or ACT (Accuracy Checking Technician). You’re in luck, as we’ve dummied it right down so you don’t need to try and understand anything. We get straight to the point, to be exact a bullet point.


Pharmacy Technician


Prior to starting your Pharmacy Technician course, you will need to consider:

  • To have at least 4 A-Levels or equivalent at levels A*-C or 9/4 courses must include:

    • Maths

    • English Language

    • Science

    • Plus, one other subject


Pharmacy Technician studies:

  • You will need to complete a two-year Pharmacy Technicians Course which includes practical and studies.

  • You will need to be hired as a Trainee Pharmacy Technician in a Pharmacy. This is to ensure you are able to complete the practical side of your course.

  • Once complete you can register on the GPHC and work as a Legal Pharmacy Technician


If you’re wanting to elevate your career and take the next step to an ACT check out the below blog segment.  

Accuracy Checking Technician studies:

  • You will need to be registered on the GPHC website as a Pharmacy Technician

  • To have worked at your current workplace for at least 6 months as a Pharmacy Technician

  • You must be able to demonstrate your ability to dispense accurately in your current workplace- references will be obtained to confirm this ability.

  • You will need a *Facilitator at your current workplace

  • Complete a 3-9 month course to validate your ability to accuracy check.

Approved Course Providers

Buttercups Training- Check them out here

NPA- Check them out here

City and Guilds- Check them out here

Pearson/Edexcel- Check them out here

*A facilitator is a selected individual at your workplace who can either be a pharmacist or an Accuracy Checking Technician. Both roles must have been worked for a minimum of 3 years before having the authorities to become a Facilitator.

Did this help you? We wish you the best of luck with your career goals. When you reach your goals make sure to register with Quad Recruitment and we can help you secure a new and exciting role.


We’ve also created a blog about becoming a pharmacist, if you feel like checking this out, please check out the blog here.