Preceptor requirements and obligations

Preceptor requirements

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 (ENHANCE).

All preceptors must complete the PSNZ EVOLVE preceptor training. More details of the preceptor training can be found here.


- 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.