Community Pharmacy – Certificate II

In the Community Pharmacy work environment the pharmacy trainee is required to provide non-therapeutic advice and provide a recommendation to patients/customers on medicines and medicinal products in the ‘pharmacy' and ‘over the counter' categories.

HSC credit ATAR pathway
4 Yes

As a trainees your role may include responding to and advising customers on general retail products, accepting prescriptions, applying product knowledge to recommend and supply a defined range of pharmacy products and services to customers, referring customers to more senior pharmacy assistants or a pharmacist, operating within the legislative framework, regulation and protocols that apply to community pharmacy, operating a point of sale, maintaining stock levels and displays and organising and maintaining work areas.

Outcome on completion of your HSC

  • Certificate II in Community Pharmacy SIR20116 in SIR Retail Services Training Package.

  • Articulation into Certificate III Community Pharmacy SIR30116 SIR Retail Services Training Package.

  • Pathway towards a full-time Traineeship in Certificate III in Community Pharmacy.

Course delivery

  • On the job and off the job and can be delivered face-to-face, flexibly or mixed mode.

  • The SBT term is calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year.

Commitment required

  • Undertake a minimum of 100 days in paid employment and training.

  • Undertake Certificate II Community Pharmacy course as part of your HSC.

  • The employment and training can be undertaken during school time, after school and during school holidays

How will you be assessed?

  • Both on the job and off the job through written tests, project work and practical exercises.

Course ATAR eligibility HSC unit credit

Community Pharmacy


4 units over two years towards your HSC for the formal training component (VET course).

Industry-based Learning course



This optional course recognises the significant work component involved in the school based apprenticeship.

The course offers an additional 4 units credit towards your HSC.

This HSC VET course does not contribute towards the calculation of the ATAR.

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