Pharmacy Technician Kaihangarau Rongoā
Pharmacy technicians help pharmacists to prepare and give out medicines.
Pharmacy technicians may do some or all of the following:
- receive prescriptions
- prepare and mix medicines under the supervision of pharmacists
- pack and label medicines
- issue, deliver and keep records of completed prescriptions
- maintain stock levels
- help in the day-to-day running of the pharmacy
- organise and repack bulk supplies into smaller containers for hospital wards and departments
- deliver medicines to hospital wards.
To become a specialist technician you need to be working as a pharmacist technician and complete a New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy – Specialist Technician (Level 6) through Manukau Institute of Technology.
Pharmacy technicians need to have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses).
Useful experience for pharmacy technicians includes working as a pharmacy assistant, or other health or laboratory work.
Pharmacy technicians need to be:
- good communicators, friendly, patient and helpful
- organised, responsible and careful
- able to work within a professional code of ethics and keep information private
- accurate and observant, with an eye for detail
- good at maths.
Pharmacy technicians need to have knowledge of:
- medicines and the laws controlling their distribution
- hazardous substances and how to handle them
- first aid
- the human body and how it is affected by different medicines.
- usually work regular business hours
- work in pharmacies/chemists and hospitals.
NCEA Level 2 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include English and maths.
Pharmacy technicians may progress to senior positions with further training.
Pharmacy technicians can specialise as a:
- Specialist technician
- Specialist technicians check that pharmacies comply with legislation, train technicians, manufacture medications, manage dispensaries and do industrial research.
Years Of Training2 years of training required.
To become a pharmacy technician and do basic dispensary work only you need to have a New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy – Pharmacy Technician (Level 4).
To become a fully qualified pharmacy technician you need to have a New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy – Pharmacy Technician (Level 5).
You can qualify in one of three ways:
- Distance study through Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, while you do paid work of at least 20 hours a week in a community or hospital pharmacy
- Full-time study for 72 weeks at Academy New Zealand
- Full-time study for 70 weeks at Kauri Academy.
You also need to hold a current first aid certificate.
- Kauri Academy website - information on pharmacy technician training
- Open Polytechnic website - information on pharmacy technician training
- Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand website - information on pharmacy technician training
- Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand website - information on pharmacy technician qualifications