Pharmacy Assistant News

Changes due to COVID-19

Changes to Guild Training courses and processes due to COVID-19

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria and the fact that the Victorian Branch of The Pharmacy Guild of Australia is now closed for at least the next 6 weeks, Guild Training has had to make some amendments to it’s processes and workflows regarding S2S3 workbooks.

S2S3 Workbooks

Students will now only have the choice of enrolling in the S2S3 online course or the S2S3 Digital Workbook course. The digital version of the workbook can be completed by typing into the PDF document and saving. There are several alternate options for completing and submitting work Click here

Paperless Submission Of Work

There are several options for completing and submitting work – Click here

Last chance for PATY 2020

The Pharmacy Assistant of the Year Award is the premier award for Australian pharmacy assistants, recognising and celebrating the ‘best of the best’ in community pharmacy.

How To Nominate


If you have already nominated using the old criteria, a member of our team will be in touch to discuss this with you.


In addition to outstanding training, development and networking opportunities, the award offers the following prizes:

State Finalists

The top 5 finalists in each state are invited to participate in a State Selection Interview.

State Winners

One winner will be selected from each state/ territory and awarded:

  • Custom glass trophy
  • Exclusive training and development sessions
  • National recognition in industry publications such as Retail Pharmacy, AJP, ITK, AJP, Pharmacy Daily and Pharmacy News
  • Profile in National Guild electronic and social media platforms
  • Invitation to be a judge at the PATY 2021 State Workshop Day in their state or territory

National Winner

One National winner will be selected and awarded:

  • Custom glass trophy
  • $5,000 cash prize
  • Guild Training Package of your choice
  • Return flights, accommodation and registration to APP2021 on the Gold Coast, including tickets to the Welcome Reception and Street Party (pending availability)
  • Invitation to participate as a judge for the 2021 state workshop day in your state
  • Return flights, accommodation and registration to PA2021, including tickets to the Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner (pending availability)
  • Invitation to participate as a judge at the 2021 National Workshop Day at the PA Conference in October

2020 Student Outcomes Survey: Have your say about training

Did you complete training with us in 2019? If so, you may be invited to participate in the National Student Outcomes Survey, Australia’s largest survey of VET students.

Completing this survey will help to improve training courses and programs, and help students like yourself to make better decisions about their training options.

Make sure to complete your survey early for more chances to WIN a share of the prize draw! Invitations will be sent to eligible students from mid-June 2020.

For more about the survey, including what information is collected and how survey responses will be reported, you can read the FAQs here:

Congratulations Ashley West

Congratulations to Ashleigh West from Barry Dean Pharmacy on completing her SIR40216 Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy Dispensary.

Pharmacy owner Julie Wong is excited to have Ashleigh’s practical experience and assistance in the dispensary as her practical experience grows in the pharmacy.

Ashleigh says she found Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy Dispensary very well structured and broad, allowing her to work in different parts of the pharmacy and practising her newly learnt skills.

“I took about 15 months to complete the course as I was working full-time and finding time for dedicated study was a challenge that I overcame with good time management” shares Ashleigh. She also found the course rewarding and has learnt a lot of practical skills.

Talking specifically on support received from Guild Training, Ashleigh says “My trainer Michelle Skinner was lovely and organised which definitely helped me. She was always in contact with me about my units and their due dates and was there to support me when required.”

For more information about Cert IV click here