Skill Set: SIRSS00012 - Community Pharmacy Dispensary

Previously known as “Dispensary Assistant Course – Advanced”
Dispensary assistants play a critical role in the supply and delivery of prescription medicines to the community. In recognition of this important role Guild Training provides the Nationally Recognised Skill Set: SIRSS00012 – Community Pharmacy Dispensary

The skill set provides your pharmacy assistants the training to attain the required units, skills and knowledge to meet the Pharmacy Board’s requirements and equips them to provide the technical support you need within your pharmacy.

The SIRSS00012 – Community Pharmacy Dispensary skill set provides a credential that reflects the specialised role and required skills of a dispensary assistant, it contains a suite of dispensary focused units of competency as well as the opportunity for staff to grow their skills in key pharmacy functions.

The skill set also provides pharmacy assistants with an alternate and recognised career pathway.

Achievement of these units provides credit towards SIR40116 – Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy and SIR40216 – Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy Dispensary.- 

Who should do this course?

  • This course is suited to Pharmacy assistants working in the dispensary who are required to complete dispensary units to meet their pharmacy’s requirements.
  • Or pharmacy assistants looking to progress in their career.

Course Duration

This course must be completed within 6 months. Students are required to complete one unit per month.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. However, students must be employed in a community pharmacy and will require time to work in the dispensary. Students will be asked to provide their Unique Student Identifier (USI) during enrolment. This is a government requirement for nationally accredited training. Follow the enrolment steps to create/find your USI.  Note: Students under the age of 18 will be required to obtain consent from a parent/guardian as part of the enrolment. This is a requirement when enrolling into nationally accredited training courses. Details for the consent form can be found below.

Delivery method

Students enrolled in this skill set will experience workplace-based delivery with regular contacts from a qualified Guild Trainer. The Trainer will guide and support the student and supervisor throughout the duration of their enrolment. All Guild Training courses include electronic/PDF Learner Guides (workbooks) as standard. Hardcopy Learner Guides (paper workbooks) are available for $25 per unit of study.

Training requirements for dispensary assistants

The Pharmacy Board of Australia states that ‘Pharmacists may be assisted in the preparation, dispensing and supply of medicines, and other tasks in a pharmacy business or pharmacy department, by suitably trained dispensary assistants.’ 

In addition, ‘Pharmacists who are responsible for employing a dispensary assistant/technician in practice must employ or engage suitably trained and experienced individuals to perform duties under pharmacist supervision, and ensure that the tasks correspond to and are limited to their level of education, training and experience.’

Course Structure

  • SIRCIND002 – Support the supply of Pharmacy Medicines and Pharmacist Only Medicines
  • SIRCDIS001 – Assist customers with prescriptions
  • SIRCDIS003 – Assist in dispensing prescriptions
  • SIRCDIS006 – Maintain Dispensary Stock
  • SIRCDIS007 – Administer dispensary computer system and claims
  • SIRCDIS004 – Assist in preparing dose administration aids

Course Fees

NOTE: Payment of the course fee will be required before course materials are provided. A tax invoice will be issued with payment options during the enrolment process. Please refer to the pre-enrolment information guide and schedule of fees for additional information.

Under the age of 18?

Download the Parental Consent Form, have it completed and returned to us after you complete you enrol online.