Graduates of this qualification will have the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours required to work in a dispensing pharmacy under the direct supervision of a pharmacist.  The potential employment pathway is to work in a range of dispensary related roles including those in community, hospital, industrial and educational settings in pharmacy.

Pharmacy Technician is included in the list of skilled occupations that would qualify for points under the Skilled Migrant Category of Immigration New Zealand.  (INZ Operational Manual - Appendix 6, Skill Level 2 Qualifications). Skill Shortage List Checker: Pharmacy Technician

This programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under Section 249 of the Education Act 1989, and Kauri Academy is accredited to provide it under section 250 of the Act.

The programme length is 70 weeks (about 1 year and 5 months including holiday weeks) with 147 total credits. The programme is divided into 3 semesters with 18 weeks of practicum.

20 hours per week (2.5 days) of study in a class or workplace setting.

The main topics covered in this programme include the various aspects required of pharmacy technicians in the pharmacy sector. Subjects include an understanding of the Pharmacy Council Code of Ethics, communicating with customers, application of the relevant pharmacy legislation and regulations, application of an advanced level of knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and medicine used in the treatment of health disorders and understanding the use of and dispensing medicine services.

  • Targeted learners for this qualification are international and domestic students and must be 18 years of age.
  • A Level 3 New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy (Introduction to Pharmacy practice) qualification, or a bachelor qualification in a related field, or other comparable qualification and experience.
  • The programme is conducted in English and so one of the following English proficiency outcomes is required: Academic IELTS 5.5, with band less than 5.0, or an equivalent as specified in Rule 18 of the Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 View Table
  • A selection face-to-face or video link interview.
  • Fee information may be found in the Programme Summary or the Programme Handbook.
  • Student loans and allowances for potential domestic students are currently not available for this programme.

You may be allowed to work for up to 20 hours each week during the academic year. You may also be allowed to work full time during the Christmas and New Year period at the end of each academic year. To work you will need to apply for a variation of conditions to your student visa.

One criteria for students to be allowed to work is that the student is undertaking a programme of study in New Zealand that leads to a New Zealand qualification that qualifies for points under the Skilled Migrant Category of Immigration New Zealand’s Residence Instructions.

More information on working while studying may be obtained from the Immigration New Zealand website at See also Student Visa Guide

The primary methods of delivery are face-to-face, learner-centred classroom instruction using power points, tutorials, group discussions, research opportunities, field trips, guest speakers and work based practicum. Work based learning will occur in the last semester of the programme to prepare the students for a real life experience and apply the knowledge and skills acquired over the previous two semesters.

Assessment methods include, but are not limited to; written assignments, presentations, written reports, verbal demonstrations, case studies, portfolios of evidence and work place observation of skills. Assessment will take place either in the classroom or in work placement situations.

Students must have an overall attendance record of at least 80%.

147 credits

Every 6 weeks. Students who are offered a place in the programme may enroll in the next intake unless it is full, otherwise they may enroll in the next available intake.

  • New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy (Pharmacy Technician) (Level 4)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy (Pharmacy Technician) (Level 5)

You may be eligible for a one year work permit under the Post-study Work Visa Open Category after completing this programme.

  • Employment paths may include:
    • Pharmacy Technician is at Skill Level 2 (ANZSCO 311215).
    • Working in a range of dispensary related roles including those in community, hospital, industrial and educational settings in pharmacy.
  • Potential New Zealand work and residency pathways.

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