Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy - SIR40116

TIME Education and Training

Type of institution: Registered Training Organisation
Level: Pre-degree

This qualification reflects the role of skilled senior pharmacy assistants who use sound knowledge of a broad range of pharmacy products and health care support services. Some senior pharmacy assistants may take a lead role in coordinating front of pharmacy business activities.Depending on the job role, they work under the overall or direct supervision of a pharmacist, and may have team leading or supervisory responsibilities.Senior pharmacy assistants must comply with federal, state or territory law and Pharmacy Board of Australia Guidelines for supplying scheduled medicines. No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


  • 14 units: 3 core
  • 11 elective


  • Administer dispensary computer systems and claims
  • Maintain employee relations
  • Lead team effectiveness
  • Deliver medicines to customers outside the pharmacy
  • Recognise healthy body systems
  • Use pharmacy practices for infection control
  • Work with diverse people
  • Coordinate a pharmacy quality system
  • Assist customers with vitamins, minerals and supplements
  • Develop a pharmacy product and service range
  • Maintain store security
  • Assist in dispensing prescriptions
  • Maintain dispensary stock
  • Support the recruitment, selection and induction of staff
  • Assist customers with complementary medicines
  • Test blood glucose and advise on equipment and services for diabetes management
  • Assist customers with diet, nutrition and weight-management products and services
  • Lead and develop pharmacy teams
  • Coordinate pharmacy health promotions
  • Process payroll
  • Manage pharmacy sales and service delivery
  • Assist in preparing dose administration aids
  • Control stock
  • Test blood pressure and advise on self-monitoring
  • Assist customers with continence management products
  • Assist in preparing extemporaneous prescriptions
  • Assist in managing Pharmacy Medicines and Pharmacist Only Medicines
  • Supply and hire home health care aids and equipment
  • Maintain work health and safety
  • Implement continuous improvement
  • Assist customers with asthma-care aids and equipment
  • Assist customers with women's and men's health care products
  • Coordinate service to residential care facilities
  • Assist customers with smoking cessation products
  • Work legally and ethically
  • Analyse and present research information
  • Provide personal leadership
  • Assist customers with pregnancy and maternal health products and services
  • Build customer relationships and loyalty
  • Support the management of obstructive sleep apnoea
  • Assist customers with wound care products
  • Manage pharmacy premises, equipment and merchandise
  • Provide Australian Needle and Syringe Program services
  • Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies

Standard entry requirements

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who:have achieved the Certificate III in Community Pharmacyorhave relevant industry employment experience as a community pharmacy assistant in a job role that has involved the application of skills and knowledge described in core units of competency from SIR30116 Certificate III in Community Pharmacy, and have a statement of attainment in the unit SIRCIND002 Support the supply of Pharmacy Medicines and Pharmacist Only Medicines.

Study information

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Further information

Senior pharmacy assistants must comply with federal, state or territory law and Pharmacy Board of Australia Guidelines for supplying scheduled medicines.

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