Overseas trained Technicians/Pharmacists

Overseas qualified pharmacy staff, either technicians or pharmacists, may seek and obtain work as pharmacy technicians or trainee technicians in NZ provided they meet the criteria set out in the NZ Medicines Regulations.

This requires that you either already hold the NZ technician qualification or are in a training programme to achieve it.

Technician qualifications are available at both levels 4 and 5 on the NZ framework and you may find that your existing qualification allows some exemptions against certain parts of these qualifications. The level 4 qualification is a prerequisite to the level 5 and is the minimum standard required to work as a Pharmacy Technician.

The providers currently technician training are listed below. Click on the name to go to their websites for contact details.

Open Polytechnic

They offer an online based course and take enrolments throughout the year from all over NZ. You are required to be working in a pharmacy for a minimum of 20 hours a week to enrol. You are also required to have an appriopriate work visa.

Kauri Academy

An Auckland based provider, they offer full time programmes with intakes approximately every 6 weeks. The programme also involves a work placement module following the completion of theory modules.

Academy Group

Based in both Auckland and Christchurch with an additional international campus in Auckland,they offer full time programmes with two intakes during the year.