Retail Pharmacy Assistant


Retail Pharmacy Assistant Course - Dublin

At BFEI, located in Blackrock, Co.Dublin we offer a one year QQI Level 5 Retail Pharmacy Assistant course.

Would you enjoy being at the front-end of pharmacies, interacting with people, giving advice on over-the-counter medicines, and healthcare products? Would you like to acquire skills in make-up application, customer service and retail selling? Could you see yourself advising on beauty and make-up products? There are many new job opportunities in the expanding retail pharmacy sector, and with these qualifications you be well placed to gain full-time employment and advance your career.

Career Opportunities

BFEI Graduates can look forward to interesting, rewarding and challenging careers with a wide range of employment options in:

  • Pharmacies

  • Health Stores

  • Department Stores – Cosmetic Sales

  • Beauty or Healthcare Sales Representatives

  • Reception in Healthcare Field

Course Structure

The emphasis will be on providing learners with specialist knowledge on over-the-counter medicines, beauty products, nutrition, customer services and retail selling. 

Core Elements
  • Certificate in Community Health Services
  • Nutrition
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • First Aid Responder (FAR)
  • Retail Selling
  • Reception and Frontline Skills
  • Word Processing
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Customer Service
  • Work Experience
  • IPU Medicines Counter Assistant Certificate
  • Course Code

  • RPA
  • Duration

  • 1 Year – full time September to May
  • Number of Places

  • 30
  • Number of contact hours per week

  • 20
  • Timetable contact

  • 4 Days
Assessment and certification
  • IPU Medicines Counter Assistant Course 2018 is certified by the IPU. The IPU exam takes place in April/May.

  • The remaining subjects are certified by QQI.

  • Assessment is based on a combination of work submitted during the year and exams.

  • Learners who successfully pass all 8 QQI subjects will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Community Health Services (5M4468).

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Education/ Training

Graduates who complete this course may apply to the following course in BFEI:

Learners may also apply through the CAO system for entry into Degree Courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme.

BSC Social Sciences - University College Dublin -

Once you gain employment in a pharmacy, you can apply to study for the IPU Pharmacy Technician Course certified by the Irish Pharmacy Union.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate/LCA

You must have achieved 5 passes OR 5 O6/H7s OR a combination of 5 O6/H7s OR have achieved the LCA with a Merit profile.

  • Others including Mature Students

If you are a mature student (aged 21 or over) and do not hold the Leaving Certificate, then you are welcome to apply. Each application will be assessed individually.

Advisory Meeting

Applicants will have an advisory meeting to offer guidance and to ensure course suitability. Places will be offered, on a first come basis, following the outcome of the personal Advisory Meeting, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements of the course. Applicants will also be advised on course costs and registration details.


At course commencement, students are required to pay for books, exams, €200 PLC Government Levy (unless exempt), a Student Services charge and where applicable professional body registration fees. There are no tuition fees for EU students.


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