Association of Pharmacy
Technicians UK (APTUK)
The Professional Leadership Body for Pharmacy Technicians

General FAQ's

How much does it cost to join APTUK?

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Membership fees are published on our membership page
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How do I re-join APTUK?

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You still need to download the form and complete, also state you are a lapsed member You can re-join without having to submit your certificates. Please state in an attached note that you were a previous member with as much detail as possible e.g. dates of membership and membership number. If the membership co-coordinator needs further information they will contact you
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Does APTUK plan to make the joining process easier?

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Yes It is on the list of improvements to be made to our website, We have improved the basic website and just upgraded the members area. We are now looking to improve the way we can improve our membership of which electronic membership payment is a priority.
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Are you planning on publishing the PTJ online via the APTUK website in future?

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Yes we are planning to publish online, I hope to be able to do this after the next edition. This will be available to members only
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It has been suggested by our trust that we should possibly obtain personal liability insurance. Do you have any recommended suppliers?

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Please see our news item about indemnity insurance http://www.aptuk.org/aptuk-news/2011/10/20/aptuk-launch-indemnity-insurance-package/
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What is the structure of the organisation

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Information about national officers can be found on our about page
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I am a Pharmacist/Pharmacy Technician with an overseas qualification. Can I work as a Pharmacy Technician in the Great Britain?

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To work as a Pharmacy Technician in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) you must be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) which is the Pharmacy regulator. They set the criteria for registration. This includes:
a) Qualifications- NVQ level 3 Diploma in Pharmacy Service Skills (QCF) and Level 3 Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science or approved or accredited equivalent.
b) Work experience requirements- the equivalent of 2 years working under the supervision of a Pharmacist. (The criteria is quite complicated so please visit the GPhC website)
c) Fitness to practice declaration. APTUK does not have the resources to map overseas qualifications to determine equivalency. For further information please visit GPhC’s website: www.pharmacyregulation.org
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What is a Pharmacy Technician? How do I become a Pharmacy Technician?

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Please see our careers leaflet. Click here to download or access from the “about” page.
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Can APTUK help me find a job or work experience?

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As the professional leadership body for pharmacy technicians, APTUK does not provide a recruitment service or trainee placements.If you are a qualified or trainee Pharmacy Technician, membership of APTUK will bring you networking opportunities which may help you identify job vacancies and inspire you to try new ventures. From time to time job vacancies may be advertised in on our website.
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I was out of the country/out of practice when registration when registration became mandatory. I have one of the older qualifications. How can I register now?

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Voluntary registration for pharmacy technicians opened in 2005. There was a transitional arrangement in place so that those pharmacy technicians who have older qualifications could register. When registration became mandatory in July 2011, the transitional arrangements closed. From then only those pharmacy technicians who hold the current qualifications (NVQ level 3 Pharmacy Services/Pharmacy Service Skills plus an approved or accredited technical certificate) can register with the General Pharmaceutical Council. If you missed this six year window of opportunity to register you may have to do some additional training which may include completing the NVQ level 3 Diploma in Pharmacy Services Skills (QCF). Please contact the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) for further information and guidance.
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