Pharmacy Sales Assistant Traineeship


On successful completion of the programme the learner is awarded a QQI Level 4 Certificate in Pharmacy Sales.

The Course

The Pharmacy Sales Assistant Traineeship provides unemployed people with an excellent foundation in the skills and knowledge required to work as a Sales Assistant in a Pharmacy. The Pharmacy Sales Assistant Traineeship is a 27 week programme consisting of 17 weeks off-the-job training with an ETB and 10 weeks on-the-job training with a host employer.

The Job

The Pharmacy Sales Assistant is a qualified worker capable of carrying out competently the range of tasks required in a pharmacy including handling payments, communicating with and serving customers and recommending appropriate grooming and skincare products to clients. He/She undertakes stock rotation and merchandising, selects and assembles stock items for delivery to customers and monitors and maintains stocks of items for sale.  

Features of the job include coping with awkward/difficult customers, shift work, late night opening and working at weekends.

The Person

You must have reached the current statutory school leaving age of 16 years and hold a Leaving Certificate or equivalent with a pass in Mathematics and English at ordinary level. Mature applicants who do not meet the educational requirements will be considered for this programme. You should have strong literacy and numeracy skills. You should have good communication skills, a confident demeanour and a high standard of personal presentation.


The achievement of the QQI Certificate in Pharmacy Sales at level 4 provides access to further education and training in the pharmacy sector. Candidates can progress onto the InterLink programme designed for experienced pharmacy sales assistants. Further courses include the NVQ Level 3 Dispensing Technician course and the Irish Pharmaceutical Union ( IPU) Medicines Counter Assistants (MCA) course. Those interested in any of the above programmes please contact the IPU.

So What Next?

You should contact your local DSP Employment Services Office for information on how to register for this Traineeship and the location and date of the next available course.

In preparation for the Traineeship you may choose to identify a potential Host Employer for the Work Place Training element of the course.

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