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

What is a Pharmacy Technician?

Pharmacy Technicians are healthcare professionals who are registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) for their license to practise. The title of Pharmacy Technician is protected in law and can only be applied to those who meet and maintain the professional standards set by the GPhC.

They are professional skilled and essential members of the pharmacy team, who broadly prepare, dispense, supply and issue a wide range and variety of medicines to patients.  The Pharmacy team is made up of Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Pharmacy Assistants (also known as Dispensing Assistants and sometimes called Dispensing Technicians) and in community pharmacies, Medicines Counter Assistants. Pharmacy Assistants and Medicines Counter Assistants are often called Pharmacy Support Staff.

Pharmacy Technicians, along with Pharmacy Support Staff, work under the supervision of the Pharmacist, and as registered professionals, are responsible and accountable for their own accurate and safe practice.

Click here to view NHS Careers in Pharmacy booklet

Where can a Pharmacy Technician Work?

Pharmacy Technicians can work in a variety of different pharmacy settings and when experienced may work in a specialist area of practice including, for example:


How do you become a Pharmacy Technician?

What qualifications do you need to apply for a Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician post?


What career pathways are there for Pharmacy Technicians?

Professional registration

Pharmacy Technician with an overseas qualification

APTUK Membership 

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. 

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