Dispensary Assistant Course
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 two structured courses for dispensary assistants.
- Standard Course
- Advanced Course (includes Dose Administration Aids unit)
The Guild’s Dispensary Assistants Courses provide your pharmacy assistants with training options to attain the required skills and knowledge to meet Pharmacy Board’s requirements and equips them to provide the technical support you need.
Who should do this course?
Pharmacy assistants who are required to complete dispensary units to meet their pharmacy’s needs.
These courses must be completed within 6 months.
These courses are delivered via workbook and completed whilst working in a community pharmacy. Students will also be required to complete Workplace Activity Journals for the dispensary units. Support and assessment is provided by a qualified Guild trainer throughout the course duration.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course. However students need to 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.
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.’
The Dispensary Assistants Courses developed by the Guild meet the Pharmacy Board requirements.
- 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