NPA Dispensary Assistant's Course

The National Pharmacy Association has launched a Dispensary Assistant Course (DAC).

Completion of the course is intended to allow support staff to progress to NVQ Module 5 without the need to repeat the first four modules. The NPA says: “Trainees save time and employers save money – the price of the DAC course is deducted from the NVQ3 course at enrolment.”

The DAC comes in four models that are to be completed within six months of the recipient receiving the modules and the NPA says that the study commitment is an estimated 20 hours per module. The four modules cover introductory workbook, pharmacy practice and procedures, law and ethics and the Drug Tariff.

Liam Stapleton, NPA head of education and training said: “The NPA’s DAC provides the minimum mandatory training required in the dispensary. However, once completed, if the individual wishes to develop their skills further they have already completed the first four modules of the NVQ3 course, meaning there is no need for them to go ‘back to basics’.”

Registration can be taken by contacting NPA Education and Training on 01727 800402 or

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