Preceptor Pharmacists


The preceptor is the primary point of contact for the intern pharmacist during their intern year, both as a teacher and as an assessor amongst other roles they may fill. They are responsible for the intern’s training and ongoing assessment of their competence.

They facilitate the development of knowledge, clinical skills, communication skills and professional attitudes. They supervise, guide and act as a role model to the intern. They provide a safe work environment, demonstrating ‘hands-on’ skills and experience.

A preceptor praises the intern when praise is deserved and offers constructive criticism when it is needed. They help their intern identify gaps in their practice and help them develop ways to meet these gaps.

A preceptor has a passion for the pharmacy profession and an enthusiasm to pass their knowledge and experience on to the next generation of pharmacists coming through.

Intern pharmacists have significant academic knowledge in their heads, but often need guidance on how to apply this knowledge to real-life patients. This is where a great preceptor is invaluable.


A preceptor is an approved New Zealand registered pharmacist, who holds a current annual practising certificate and meets the following criteria:

  • a minimum of three years post-registration experience in pharmacy. In the case of a pharmacist previously registered in a country outside New Zealand, at least one year of this experience must be subsequent to registration in New Zealand.
  • approved by Pharmacy Council of New Zealand
  • no current complaint against them with Health and Disability Commission
  • must be actively undertaking Continuing Professional Development

All preceptors must complete the PSNZ EVOLVE preceptor training. 

Click here for more details about preceptor training and booking your training.


  • Work on monthly goals and training plans together
  • Teach the intern skills so that the intern can work at the level of competence expected of a pharmacist
  • Provide timely feedback to the intern in regards to their progress towards the Competence Standards
  • Carry out and review assessments and assignments
  • Review the interns evidence portfolio and the monthly goals
  • Providing opportunities for the intern to become competent in all the Competence Standards
  • Supervising the intern for a minimum of three full days per week.
  • Provide a minimum of 2 hours per week, or 8 hours per month, one on one time with the intern.
  • Maintaining contact with EVOLVE especially if the preceptor has any concerns regarding the intern's progress towards completing the programme.

If the preceptor is going to be absent from the pharmacy for more than four weeks, they must let EVOLVE know and make arrangements to ensure the intern’s training can continue unaffected

No more than two interns can be supervised by any one preceptor. This is irrespective of the number of technicians being trained at the site.

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