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Qualifications

PSA is a registered training organisation, and offers qualifications including certificate and diploma-level courses  tailored for pharmacists, pharmacy assistants and interns

In most states and territories, some courses are available as traineeships for eligible students.

VET FEE-HELPVET FEE-HELP is available to eligible participants in some courses.


 Qualification for pharmacists only

Ethics and Dispensing in Pharmacy Practice

The Ethics and Dispensing in Pharmacy Practice course is a comprehensive course covering legislation and ethics. Key facts:
  • No. of parts: 4
  • Includes a unit  (APPETH801A) from Graduate Diploma of Applied Pharmacy Practice
  • Course duration:  6 months
  • Study time guideline:  20 hours per month
  • Cost: $950

This course is only for those who are eligible for registration as a pharmacist in Australia.

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Qualifications for pharmacists and interns

Graduate Diploma of Applied Pharmacy Practice

Graduate Diploma in Advanced Pharmacy Practice brochure
The Graduate Diploma of Applied Pharmacy Practice will give you everything you need to move your career or business onto a whole new level. Get the leadership and innovation skills to really advance your practice. Key facts:
  • No. of units: 11
  • Course duration: 12-24 months
  • Study time guideline: 10-20 hours per month
  • Cost: $5,250
This course is only for those who are eligible for registration as a pharmacist in Australia.
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Diploma of Management

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The PSA Diploma of Management is great stepping stone into management or a formalisation of your skills already acquired at work, helping you to deliver better business results and giving you a competitive edge.

Key facts:

  • No. of units: 8
  • Course duration: 10-18 months
  • Study time guideline: 10-14  hours per month
  • Cost: $2,995
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Certificate IV in Small Business Management

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The Certificate IV in Small Business Management is designed to help you work towards setting-up and running your own business or taking on a management role.  It will provide you with a crucial competitive advantage.

Key facts

  • No. of units: 10
  • Course duration: 12 months
  • Study time guideline: 10-14 hours per month
  • Cost: Member $1,995 Non-Member $2,394
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Qualifications for pharmacy assistants

Diploma of Management

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The PSA Diploma of Management is great stepping stone into management or a formalisation of your skills already acquired at work, helping you to deliver better business results and giving you a competitive edge.

Key facts:

  • No. of units: 8
  • Course duration: 10-18 months
  • Study time guideline: 10-14  hours per month
  • Cost: $2,995
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Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy

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Develop specialised pharmacy skills and knowledge in dispensary, health care services and team management with PSA's Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy. Key facts:
  • No. of units: 14
  • Course duration: 12 months
  • Study time guideline: 20-40 hours per month
  • Cost: Member: $3,000 Non-Member $3,900
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Certificate IV in Small Business Management

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The Certificate IV in Small Business Management is designed to help you work towards setting-up and running your own business or taking on a management role.  It will provide you with a crucial competitive advantage.

Key facts

  • No. of units: 10
  • Course duration: 12 months
  • Study time guideline: 10-14 hours per month
  • Cost: Member $1,995 Non-Member $2,394
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Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

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The Certificate IV in Training and Assessment will teach you the latest in training and mentoring techniques and increase your effectiveness in training, coaching and mentoring staff, interns and students.

Key facts:

  • No. of units: 10
  • Course duration: 12 months
  • Study time guideline: 10-14 hours per month
  • Cost: Member $1,995 Non-Member $2,394
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Certificate III in Community Pharmacy

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The Certificate III in Community Pharmacy helps you develop pharmacy product knowledge, health care support and retail skills.

Key facts:

No. of units: 26 Course duration: 12 months Study time guideline: 30-40 hours per month Cost: Member: $2,850 Non-Member $3,705
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Dispensary course

The Dispensary course will develop your dispensary knowledge and skills. Completion of this course will enable you to assist the pharmacist with a number of tasks including, dispensing prescriptions, dose administration aids and stock control.

Key facts:

  • No. of units: 6
  • Course duration: 10-18 months
  • Study time guideline: 10-14 hours per month
  • Cost: Member $900 Non-Member $1,170
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Pharmacy and Pharmacist Only Medicines (S2/S3) competency unit

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This short course will help you with the supply of S2/S3 Medicines within the community pharmacy environment. Successful completion of this single unit meets compliance for the relevant standard under the Quality Care Pharmacy Program (QCPP).

Key facts:

  • No. of units: 1
  • Course duration: 1-3 months
  • Study time guideline: 2-4 hours per week
  • Cost: Member $90 Non-Member $150 Chemmart $90
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PSA’s role as a Registered Training Organisation

Traineeship fees by state and territory

Fees are current as at January 2014, but subject to change without notice
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Traineeships – learn at work

The PSA provides high quality and flexible learning programs, developed in conjunction with employers and trainees,  ensuring that learning is relevant to the business
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Training policies

Information about PSA's role as a Registered Training Organisation
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