We are no longer having group classes due to the pandemic, Online only.

At Excellent Pharmacist Academy ,we know that a lot of pharmacists who have qualified

from outside of Ireland have the requisite clinical skills to act as a pharmacist, but a lot of

people struggle in their early days trying to learn all the schemes, all the legislation and all

the rules associated with these as there is no training always provided to them and they

end up having to learn on the job and this limits their knowledge and their ability to fully help

patients but can also affect self confidence in the early days of employment.

So many of us have heard the stories of people having horrible first days and weeks

working in places because they do not know how to use the computer, what scheme to put

items through on, or if a patient is covered for certain new items that may be added to their

prescription. All these things add up and make it even harder for pharmacists who are

starting out to be called back for locums or even worse barred from working in places

because an owner was annoyed with them over patient complaints.

We know that having complete knowledge and reference tools helps reduce these

instances but also boosts the confidence of the pharmacist and better satisfaction all round

by all involved.

Classes Dates ( Online Pre-recorded video)

  • In person Classes cancelled till further notice. Please Book the Online Course.

Class Location:

10 , Merrion Square , Dublin 2 . (Online only now due to covid-19)

Online Classes

We also have the course as an online version for more information about that please follow this link


The Curriculum is divided up into 5 core modules :

-Legal Module : where you will learn all the relevant legislation in relation to Pharmacy.

-PCRS Schemes Module: where you will learn about all the schemes which you will be

using to dispense medicines

-Administrative Module : where you will learn about the pharmacy processes such as SOPs

and ordering medicines

-Technology & Dispensing Module : where you will learn about the various computer

systems in Ireland, with detailed video demonstrations for MPS , Qicscript and TouchStore.

-OTC & Clinical Interventions Module : Where you will learn about the most common OTC

products in Ireland and their clinical indications.

A more detailed version of our curriculum is available on our website and can be

obtained here

If you sign up for any of our classes in advance we also offer the option of

-also 180 days after the day of the training you can call with any questions you may


-You will also get access to all the videos that will be used during the class and a folder
with all the references and slides used during the class , which can be used as
reference text by you for your career as a pharmacist.(folder with notes are in-person classes only)

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Detailed Breakdown of the Curriculum

Legal Module

  • Medicinal Product Regulations ( Medicinal Products (Prescription and Control of Supply) Regulations 2003 to 2015 )
    • Control of medicinal products
      • Manufacturer’s licence
      • Product Authorisation
    • Classification of medicinal products
      • General Sales List or Exempt Products (GSL)
        • Labelling and Sale requirements
      • Pharmacist Supervised Medicines (PS)
        • Paracetamol PS Sales
        • Codeine Containing Products
        • Labelling
      • Prescription Only Medicines (POMs)
        • Classifications ( S1A, S1B , S1C ) and Exemption cases e.g Isotretinoin
        • Requirements for sales
        • Legal Prescriptions
        • Supply of POMs
        • Labelling of POMs
        • Repeat dispensing of POMs
        • Record keeping for POMs
        • Endorsing POM prescriptions
        • Emergency Supply of POMs by patient
        • Emergency Supply of POMs by prescriber
      • Controlled Drugs (CDs) –
        • Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Regulations, 1993 (S.I. No. 342/1993)
        • Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Regulations, 1999 (S.I. No. 273/1999)
        • Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Regulations, 2006 (S.I. No. 53/2006)
        • Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Regulations, 2007 (S.I. No. 200/2007)
        • Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Regulations, 2009 (S.I. No. 122/2009)
        • Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations, 2009 (S.I. No. 63/2009)
        • Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Regulations, 2010 (S.I. No 200/2010)
        • Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations, 2010 (S.I. No 607/2010)
        • Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Regulations, 2011 (S.I. No 552/2011)
        • Classification of Controlled Drugs
          • CD-1 (Schedule 1)
          • CD-2 (Schedule 2)
          • CD-3 (Schedule 3)
          • CD-4 (Schedule 4)
          • CD-5 (Schedule 5)
        • CD Prescriptions
        • Dispensing Requirements of CD Drugs
        • Labelling of CD drugs
        • Recording of CD drug dispensing
          • Controlled Drug Register Format
          • Entries into the CD Register
            • Supplying
            • Receiving
          • Destruction of Controlled Drugs
        • Requisitions for CDs
        • Supply of CDs to midwives
    • Reference Pricing Legislation
    • Poisons Legislation
      • First Schedule Poisons
      • Second Schedule Poisons
    • Veterinary Legislations
      • Sale of Intramammary antibiotics
      • Classification of Vet Medicines
        • VPO-1
        • VPO-2
        • POM
        • POM-E
        • Pharmacy Only
        • Licensed Merchants
        • Companion Animal Medicines
      • Control of Veterinary Medicines
        • Prescriptions for Vet Medicines
          • Format
        • Labelling of Vet Medicines
        • Record Keeping for Vet Medicines
        • Emergency Supply of Vet Medicines
    • Methylated Spirits
      • Supply of Methylated Spirits
      • Recording of Sales of Methylated Spirits

PCRS Schemes Module

  • GMS brief history
  • Pharmacy Claiming for the scheme
  • GMS Prescriptions
    • Admin Requirements for fulfilling GMS prescriptions
    • Eligibility criteria for GMS holders
    • Prescription types under GMS
    • Dispensing GMS Rxs – / Pricing/ Fees / Co- Pays
    • Coding GMS Rxs
    • Extemp preparations
    • Generic substitutions and Reference Pricing
    • Phased Dispensing
    • Late dispensing
    • Non dispensing
    • Restricted quantity items
    • ULMs
    • Key considerations to ensure payment
    • GMS Repeat prescriptions
  • Hospital Emergency Scheme
    • Requirements for eligibility
    • Dispensing on the Hospital Emergency
    • Quantities to dispense
    • Participating hospitals
    • Key considerations to ensure payment
  • Stock Orders
    • Types of Stock Orders
      • Type 1
      • Type 2
  • Dental prescriptions
    • Prescription type
    • Prescriber eligibility
    • Patient eligibility
    • Key Considerations to ensure payment
  • Hardship Scheme
    • Eligibility criteria
    • Applying for the hardship scheme on behalf of a patient
    • Key considerations to ensure payment
  • Drugs payments Scheme
    • Introduction to the Scheme
    • Registration to the Scheme
    • Who is covered and for how long ?
    • Dispensing For the Drug payments Scheme
    • Items allowed on the DPS
    • Quantities allowed on the DPS
    • What to do if you may want to get an item covered .
    • Claiming on the DPS
    • Key Considerations in order to ensure payment
  • Long Term Illness
    • Patient Registration
    • Conditions covered
    • Items automatically covered
    • Applying for approval of items
    • Key considerations in order to ensure payment
  • Health amendment act
    • Eligibility criteria
    • Items covered
    • Claiming and key considerations for payment
  • EU Scheme
    • Registration and patient eligibility
    • Prescription format
    • Key considerations for payment from the PCRS
  • High Tech Medicines
    • Patient registration and eligibility
    • Items Covered
    • High Tech Prescriptions
    • Dispensing High Tech Medicines
    • Non Dispensed Fees
    • Special Case High Tech Items
    • Ordering High Tech Items
    • Key Considerations for payment from the PCRS
    • Claiming your High Tech Dispensed Fee
  • Methadone Scheme
    • Patient Registration and Eligibility
    • Methadone Prescriptions
    • Dispensing Methadone
    • Endorsing Methadone Prescriptions
    • Storing and Ordering Methadone
    • Record Keeping for Methadone
    • Various Exemptions for methadone scheme
    • Claiming and Key considerations for payment from the PCRS
  • End of Month Claims
    • Verifying and E-Claims
    • Manual Claiming
    • What are rejects?
    • Minimising rejects
  • Items with clauses attached to their dispensing by the HSE.

Administrative Module

  • Understanding Pharmacy processes
    • SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures)
    • Dispensary layouts for medicines and common examples
    • Your expected Daily Duties
      • Duty register
      • Temperature/ Hum
    • Monthly Duties
  • Product ordering
    • Guide to wholesalers in Ireland
    • Product types – Licenced vs ULM
    • Special Order items
    • High Cost Items
  • Amphetamine preparations

Technology & Dispensing Module

  • Guide to all computer systems in Ireland taught with videos for you to learn from in your own time
    • Performing on the Dispensing software
      • Owings
      • Phasing
      • Loans
      • Emergency Supplies
      • Pack Sizes/ Codes / Quantity Size
      • Forward dating/ Back dating
      • Dispensing multiple months at a time
    • Links to training manuals
  • Using the Internet as a tool to enhance your practice
    • External web links essential to practice
  • Using Robot Dispensers
  • Prescribing language
  • Extemporaneous Dispensing
  • Blister pack training

OTC & Clinical Interventions Module

  • OTC products available in Ireland and references
    • OTC Manual
  • Emergency Contraception Dispensing
  • Domperidone guidelines
  • Codeine Guidelines
  • Blood pressure
  • Other services rendered by your pharmacy