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Certificate III in Community Pharmacy SIR30116

Overview
Outline
Distance Learning
Face To Face
Fees & Funding
FAQ

Overview

This program (SIR30116 Certificate III in Community Pharmacy) is designed for both those already working in a Community Pharmacy as a Pharmacy Assistant, as well as those who would like to persue a career in Community Pharmacy as a Pharmacy Assistant. Pharmacy Assistants meet, greet and assist customers that visit community pharmacies and provide essential support for these customers. They also support the care provided by the Pharmacist and the pharmacy in general.

Entry Requirments:

There are no educational prerequisites for entry into this training program.

Course Structure:

The course consists of Nineteen (19) units of competency comprising of Eleven (11) core units and Eight (8) elective units. These units are delivered in 4 modules. Just Careers Training (JCT) is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO ID 91413) that has developed a program that meets the requirements of this qualification; all these units of competency are well suited to a role within a pharmacy store.

Options for Delivery:

This course is available by distance learning (online or print corrospondence). This involves being provided with training materials for completion online or by post.

This course is also available as a Face to Face course that involves attending for scheduled classes at our specially equipped training centre (Sydney only). All options require a work placement. Please click on the tabs above for further detailed information. If you believe you have the skills and knowledge you could also consider Recognition of Prior Learning.

Assessment Information:

Some assessments will require a workplace to be completed . Assessment methods may include:

  • Written questions
  • Tasks and projects
  • Scenario based questions, simulations
  • Collection of evidence of (new, current or prior) skills and experiences including workplace assessment
  • If you believe you have the skills and knowledge you could also consider Recognition of Prior Learning

Workplace Requirements:

If you are currently employed in a community pharmacy as a Pharmacy Assistant (or similar) then you may use your current workplace to complete the workplace assessments.

If you are not currently working within a Community Pharmacy, then you will have to arrange some work experience (minimum of 80 hours and preferably upto 120 hours) with a Community Pharmacy. You may commence the course prior to securing your work placement, however you will not be able to complete the progranm without completing your work placement (you will have 12 months to meet all of the course requirements). We may be able to assist you in sourcing a suitable work placement, however this is your responsibility. We can also provide you with an Employer Pack which contains a letter of introduction and Insurance Cover.

Each module requires a workplace in order to complete all of the assessments. The work placement requirement may be increased or decreased for certain people depending on their circumstances.

You will be supported throughout the entire program by our qualified trainers, our great administration and customer service staff. The program includes unlimited email support along with telephone support.

Pathways:

Once complete, successful participants can further their skills and knowledge by undertaking other qualifications such as Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy , Certificate IV in Retail, and other suitable Certificate III and Certificate IV qualifications.

Outline

The course consists of Nineteen (19) units of competency comprising of Eleven (11) core units and Eight (8) elective units. Just Careers Training (JCT) is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO ID 91413) that has developed a program that meets the requirements of this qualification; all these units of competency are well suited to a role within a pharmacy store.

Job Roles and titles vary, possible job titles relevant to this qualification may include:

  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Dispensary Assistant*

* Dispensary Assistant requires choice of Dispensary Unit - additional rules and fees apply for this unit.

The units of competency making up our current program are grouped in 4 modules.

Module 1 is comprised of the unit SIRCIND002 Support the Supply of Pharmacy Medicines and Pharmacist Only Medicines. This Unit is a pre-requisite unit for other units in this program (marked with an asterix below). This means that while other units may be commenced at the same time or before this unit, the requirements of these units will not be met until competency has been achieved in the pre-requisite unit.

The units of competency listed below are available as part of the qualification. Other units may be chosen to suit organisation, role and/or career pathway.

Module
Module Title
# of Units
Module 1
Support the supply of Pharmacy Medicines and Pharmacist Only Medicines
1. SIRCIND002
  • Support the supply of Pharmacy Medicines and Pharmacist Only Medicines
1 Unit
Module 2
Working in Community Pharmacy
1. SIRCIND001
  •  Work effectively in a community pharmacy
2. HLTWHS001
  •  Participate in workplace health and safety
3. SIRCINF001
  •  Use pharmacy practices for infection control
4. SIRCCCS001
  •  Interact with pharmacy customers
5. SIRCCCS002
  •  Provide and promote services to pharmacy customers
6. SIRCDIS001
  •  Assist customers with prescriptions
7. SIRRINV001
  •  Receive and handle retail stock
8. SIRRMER001
  •  Produce visual merchandise
8 Units
Module 3
Pharmacy Product Knowlege 1
1. SIRCPPA004
  • Assist customers with oral care products
2. SIRCPPA006
  • Assist customers with skin and anti-fungal products
3. SIRCPPA009
  • Assist customers with allergy relief products
3 Units
Module 4
Pharmacy Product Knowledge 2
1. SIRXMKT001
  • Support marketing and promotional activities
2. SIRCPPA002
  • Assist customers with eye and ear care products
3. SIRCPPA003
  • Assist customers with first aid products
4. SIRCPPA005
  • Assist customers with cough and cold relief products
5. SIRCPPA008
  • Assist customers with gastro-intestinal products
6. SIRCPPA010
  • Assist customers with analgesic and anti-inflammatory products
7. SIRCPPA013
  • Assist customers with smoking cessation
7 Units

Other units may be available. Please speak to a Just Careers Training representative for further information.

Distance Learning

Online Learning

Online Schedule and Information for Certificate III in Community Pharmacy

Course start date:

Anytime

Structure:

Four (4) modules in total. You will be provided access to One (1) online module on commencement. This will contain complete instructions. Once first module is completed or once 4 months has passed (whichever comes first), you will be provided access to your second online module. This will also contain complete instructions. Contact with the trainer is available throughout your course.

Location:

Your place, any place

Support:

Qualified trainer support by phone and email.

Face to face option available

Unlimited email support, up to 2 hours of telephone support per module

Duration:

4 - 24  months self paced. The recommended pace is 1 module every 12 weeks. This is only a recommendation. Modules are not of equal size and as such, less time may be required for some modules.

Flexibility Options:

Add required number of face to face meetings with your trainer

Switch to print option at any time.

Additional phone support optional

 

 

Print Correspondence

Correspondence Schedule and Information for Certificate III in Community Pharmacy

Course start date:

Anytime

Structure:

Four (4) modules in total. Module One (1) will be posted with complete instructions. Once Module One is complete and sent back to us for assessing, or once 4 months has passed (whichever one comes first) your second module will be posted to you with completed instructions.  Contact with your trainer is available throughout your course.

Location:

Your place 

Support:

Qualified trainer support by phone and email.

Face to face option available

Unlimited email support, up to 1 hour of telephone support per module

Duration:

4-12 months self-paced. The recommended pace is 1 mondule every 12 weeks. Please note: This is only a recommendation. Modules are not of equal size and as such, less time may be required for some module.

Flexibility Options:

 

Add required number of face to face meetings with your trainer

Complete some units online

Additional phone support optional

 

Face To Face

Please contact Just Careers Training for further information about our face to face course option

Face To Face Schedule and Information for Certificate III in Community Pharmacy

Course start date:

Click on course calendar for upcoming courses 

Duration and Expected Course Completion

The course includes up to 25 Face to Face sessions which are made up of 2 unequal semesters with a break for holidays. You have up to 12 months to complete the course requirements. The length of the course will depend on your current skills and abilities, prior experience and Language, Literacy and Numeracy support required. Click on course calendar for courses starting at a later date. Please click on course calendar for more information. 

Location and Attendance requirements:

You will be required to attend our Bankstown (Sydney, NSW) training centre once a week on from 9:30am until around 3:30pm for the 25 sessions. If you need to leave earlier for valid reasons then your trainer can assist you. If you cannot attend for a session, then with careful notification and planning we can assist you in completing your course requirements. Courses may be on offer in other locations. Please click on the course calendar for other offerings.

Study Load:

Other than your attendance to the training centre for class, you will also be required to undertake self-study and completion of tasks at home and complete a work placement program. How long you will spend studying and completing tasks will vary from unit to unit and from person to person depending on your current skills and abilities, prior experiences and Language, Literacy and Numeracy support requirements. Study load for this program may be up to 24 hours per week including attendance.

Getting there:

If you drive, then there is plenty of parking in the complex where the training centre is located. If you rely on public transport then we can help you with the bus and train schedules to assit you in getting here for your sessions.

Work Placement:

If you are currently, or you have recently worked in a Community Pharmacy then this may not apply to you.

If you are not working in a Community Pharmacy, then in order to be issued with the qualification and meet the course requirements AND in order to ensure that you have the skills and knowledge expected you will have to undertake a Work Placement (minimum 80 hours and preferably 120 hours) as part of the course requirements. While we can assist you with things like Employer Packs (which include introduction letters, course details and insurance details for the host employer) it is your responsibility to source a suitable work placement and you will not be able to complete the course otherwise.  

Work placement requirements may vary (increase or decrease) depending on your individual circumstances.

Support:

  • Language Literacy and Numeracy support

  • Qualified trainer support by phone and email on days when you are not attending

  • Assistance in finding suitable Work Placement (note this is your responsibility)

Flexibility Options:

  • Add required number of face to face meetings with your trainer

  • Complete some units online

  • Additional phone support optional

 

Fees & Funding

Just Careers Training has a several options of delivery for our courses. From online, print correspondence, classroom face-to-face delivery and RPL, the range of options are in place to ensure that all individuals can access our courses. Weekly payment plan options are also available through our SecurePay system enabling you to study in your chosen option for a little fee per week.

Fees listed below include enrolment, resource and tuition fees.

Please see our Pricing and Funding Information table below or contact one of our friendly Consultant's on 1300 558 241

Certificate III in Community Pharmacy - Payment Options:* 

Course Format Option

Payment Option

Course Fee

Promotional Price

Payment Required For Enrolment

Online

Payment Upfront in full -Save $$

5570

1490

$ 1490, access will be provided once payment has been confirmed.

 

Payment Plan

5570

1590

$ 290 Enrolment Fee,then a fee of $ 50 per week for 26 weeks.

Certificates will only be issued once all fees  have been paid

Correspondence

Payment Upfront in full -Save $$

5570

1590

$ 1590 access will be provided once payment has been confirmed.

 

Payment Plan

1570

1690

$ 290 Enrolment Fee,then a fee of $ 53.85 per week for 26 weeks.

Certificates will only be issued once all fees have been paid.

Face to Face

Payment Upfront in full-Save $$

$ 5570

$ 1790

$ 1790 access will be provided once payment has been confirmed.

 

Payment Plan

$ 5570

$ 1990

$ 290 Enrolment Fee,then a fee of $ 65.38 per week for 26 weeks.

Certificates will only be issued once all fees have been paid.

Recognition of Prior Learning

RPL Full Qualification Delivery

Contact us

Contact us

$ 290 Enrolment Fee then a fee will apply per unit where RPL may apply. Final Fees will depend on meeting evidence requirements. Please contact us for details.

* Terms and conditions apply  

 

Funding**:

 

 

 

Course Format Option

Funding Source

Cost

Payment required for enrolment

Online

NSW Smart and Skilled Program 

From $ 0 (No cost) 

From $ 0. Depends on personal circumstances and eligibility 

Correspondence

NSW Smart and Skilled Program 

From $ 0 (No cost) 

From $ 0. Depends on personal circumstances and eligibility  

Face to Face

NSW Smart and Skilled Program 

From $ 0 (No cost) 

From $ 0. Depends on personal circumstances and eligibility 

Recognition of Prior Learning

NSW Smart and Skilled Program 

Contact us

From $ 0. Depends on personal circumstances and eligibility 

 

 

** Depends on Eligibility and Availability of funded positions, please contact us for further information

FAQ

Do I have to be working in a pharmacy to do this course?

No. However if you are not working in pharmacy you will need to organise a work placement in a pharmacy. Certificate III requires a minimum of 80 hours (up to 120 hours is preferable)

Does the work placement need to be full time?

No. This may be done in blocks of hours, days or continuously. It is best to pace your work placement in line with how much time you will spend studying. The best thing to arrange at least 10 hours for your first module (the more the better, however each module will require a workplace), then arrange for the remainder of your placement once you have seen the work required for the course.

Can you help me find a work placement?

You will need to organise your own work placement. The best way to do this is to introduce yourself to a number of pharmacies (better if they are close by or easy for you to get to). Tell them of your ambitions and that you will be undertaking a certificate in pharmacy. This work may be paid or unpaid (voluntary).

Will pharmacies be willing to allow me to do my work placement?

Pharmacies are community centres. We are sure that they will assist you if this is possible. The training company has the required insurances to ensure that you are covered during your work placement. We can provide your host employer with the required documentation.

How long will it take to do the course?

This depends on how quickly you would like to complete the course and how quickly you can meet the course requirements. Some assessments require that you demonstrate your abilities over time (2 weeks for example) and there are work place requirements in each module. The time listed on our website is a good estimate; however it may be done more quickly. The course duration is 3-12 months.

What does the course involve?

Once you have enrolled into the course you will receive clear instructions detailing what you need to do. In summary once you have read the learning material (online or in your book), then you will be required to answer a set of questions relating to the information in your learning materials. You will then have to complete a set of tasks in order to demonstrate that you have the skills covered in your learning materials. You will also be required to get the support of a technical expert (usually the pharmacist and /or supervisor in the workplace) who will sign off on a set of checklist, confirming that you have the required skills and that they have observed you on the job. Once you have completed the questions, tasks and supervisor reports in a module these are submitted to your trainer (uploaded online or sent by post). Your work will be marked and you will then receive a phone call from your assessor to discuss your submissions. If you have met the requirements then you will have attained the units covered by the module.

Is there any government funding for this course?

Yes. If you are in paid employment in a pharmacy and you meet a set of eligibility requirements, then your employer may receive incentives from the government. Some employers will even pay the mandatory enrolment fee required for government funded programs. Please contact is for further information on this.

If you are receiving Centrelink Payments, then you may be able to apply for assistance from Centrelink - Please contact Centrelink to find out if you are eligible for any assistance.

From time to time there will also be funded opportunities which will mean that this course may be partly or fully subsidised (meaning you pay less or nothing at all). Please contact our office for further information and to check if these oportunities currently exist.

What help and support will I get during my study?

You will have unlimited email support, as well as limited phone support during your study. You may arrange for additional support; however the program has been designed to ensure you have the required support.

Can I fail?

The course is competency based, meaning that you will need to demonstrate competency (skills and knowledge over time at the required level). Due to the good design of this course, if you follow the instructions, you will be able to demonstrate competency. When your trainer marks your work, they will contact you and inform you if you have met the requirements. If you have not met the requirements, your trainer will attempt to do this over the phone. If however despite your trainers best attempts you still have not been able to demonstrate competency, you may be required to submit further evidence (redo some questions or tasks for example), There is a reassessment fee should this occur. Please refer to the brochure for your course. Please do remember however, that your trainer is there for your support and in most cases you will not need to resubmit evidence.

Certificate III in Community Pharmacy

  • Best Qualification to work in Community Pharmacy
  • Best Trainers and best Course in Australia
  • Full support throughout the program
  • Recognised throughout Australia
  • 3 - 12 month course

You choose:

  • Online
  • Print
  • Face to face

Flexible Payment Options Available