New Certificate III and Certificate IV funding: Qld

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Completion of Certificate III and IV is now more affordable for Queenslanders under new funding arrangements.

Qld Guild is offering each qualification for just $494, and some students may be eligible for concessional funding and pay $195. The new deal is part of the Qld’s government’s Certificate 3 and Higher Level skills programs.

The training can only be accessed through approved training providers such as Guild Training which is RTO (0452).

Eligibility for Certificate III

  • Staff must be older than 16
  • Completed secondary school or left school
  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident living in Qld or NZ citizen living in Qld
  • Currently working in community pharmacy
  • Agree to complete a short survey on completion of the course
  • Not hold a completed Cert III to Advanced Diplima level issued after 1995
  • Not hold a qualifications issued by a tertiary college or university
  • Not currently be enrolled in a Certificate IV level or higher qualification (This does not include certificate level IV qualifications completed while at secondary school).

The Guild offers rolling starts so staff can start training at any time once they employer has enrolled them.

According to the Guild, this is the first time this level of funding has been available for the Certificate III SIR30112 or Certificate IV SIR40112 in Community Pharmacy.

The Guild says the benefits of undertaking Cert III include:

  • Update and expand product knowledge
  • Learn new skills
  • Specialise in key areas of pharmacy practice, including dispensary, merchandising or health promotions
  • Provide even better customer advice
  • Boost confidence
  • Gain recognition of skills with a formal qualification.

Certificate IV

  • As per above criteria, and
  • Not hold a completed Certificate IV to Advanced Diploma level qualification issued after 1995
  • Not currently be enrolled in a Certificate IV level or higher qualification (This does not include certificate level IV qualifications completed while at secondary school).

Also, the Guild says it has streamlined many of its qualifications so that they are easier to complete and more relevant to health services, not just product knowledge as pharmacy makes the transition towards a health service model.

There is also new single qualification for dispensary assistants: Cert IV in Community Pharmacy Dispensary, which will be available later in the year. On this, head of the Guild Pharmacy Academy, Sue Bond, says a dedicated Cert IV means staff can undertake units that specifically meet the demands of their role.

“A well trained dispensary assistant can free up the pharmacists so that they can spend time counselling patients. Also, dispensary assistants with the necessary skills can support pharmacists in the delivery of  clinical services, including blood pressure and glucose monitoring.”

For more information about the Qld funding package and how to enrol contact 07 3831 3788 or


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