To become a pharmacy technician, working in a hospital setting, a GP Practice or community pharmacy, you will need to find employment as a trainee pharmacy technician, supervised by a registered pharmacist.
To apply for a job as a pre-registration trainee pharmacy technician, you are likely to need 4 SQA National 4 qualifications, or equivalent. These should include English, Maths, Chemistry and Biology. Alternatively, an SQA SVQ Level 2 Pharmacy Services qualification would also be accepted.
Pharmacy technicians must be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). To register, you need to study for an accredited qualification, such as:
- SQA SVQ in Pharmacy Services - Level 3 (SCQF Level 6/7)
- SQA National Certificate in Pharmacy Services (SCQF Level 6) 2 day release course at a college
Once you have gained these qualifications and completed 2 years of consecutive work experience, with a minimum of 14 hours a week, you can then register with the GPhC and practice as a pharmacy technician.