• Code: JF
  • Certification:IPU (Irish Pharmacy Union) Certificate in Medical Counter Assistant
    • QQI Level 5 Component in Community Health Services (5M4468)
  • Duration: One Year


This course is certified by the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) and offers the opportunity to train as a Pharmacy Counter Assistant. Throughout the year learners will develop a broad range of skills learning how to deal effectively and sensitively with customers in the pharmacy.  They will also develop computer, business and selling skills. Practical elements of this course and work experience allows the learners to gain a real insight into the area of Pharmacy and to work with specialists in the sector. 

On completion of the course students will be ready to enter the workplace and secure employment in a wide range of areas including: Pharmacies, Health stores, Retail Stores and Nursing Homes.

Program of Study


  • Nutrition
  • Care Support
  • Communications
  • Retail Selling
  • Customer Service
  • Work Experience
  • Word Processing
  • Behavioural Studies
  • Or Child Health & Wellbeing


  • Gastrointestinal Conditions
  • Respiratory Conditions
  • Pain
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Skin
  • Vitamins, Minerals and Nutritional Supplements
  • Women's Health

Higher Education Progression*


  • Pharmacy Technician Studies (DT425)
  • Social Care (DT571)

IT Carlow

  • Psychology & Health Science (CW106)

Maynooth University

  •  Social Science Maynooth University


*Places are not guaranteed in these institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application. Information available also at www.cao.ie

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent Leaving Certificate Applied with a merit profile
  • Full QQI Level 4 award with a merit profile
  • Mature Applicants - experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Places are offered following a successful interview.

Learners must source their own work experience.

Career Opportunities
  • Pharmacies
  • Health Stores
  • Department Stores
  • Cosmetics Sales
  • Personal Care Assistant
Course Coordinator

Margaret Allen

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