Pharmaceutical-commercial clerk

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What are my activities in this job?
The core duties of pharmaceutical-commercial clerks are the commercial and organisational aspects of the pharmacy. Knowledge and skills in merchandise management, stocking and pricing, warehousing etc. as well as processing of invoices and computer skills are taught. Trainees are provided with information on the manufacture, testing and supply of medicinal products. The duties of a pharmaceutical-commercial clerk include giving advice on common pharmaceutical goods such as cosmetics and wound dressings . Advice regarding medicinal products and their dispensation, however, is left to pharmacists and pharmaceutical-technical assistants.
Where can I work?
Due to their pharmaceutical and commercial training, pharmaceutical-commercial clerks work primarily for public chemists/pharmacies but also for hospital chemists/pharmacies, in the wholesale pharmaceutical industry, commercial pharmacies or for administration and government agencies.
What requirements must I meet?
  • First general education school leaving certificate
  • Pharmaceutical-commercial clerks are a state-recognised trained occupation that has no legally mandated schooling requirements for entrance to the training & education programme. The contents of the programme, however, build upon the basic secondary schooation and government agencies.
How much will the training cost?
There are no costs.


More information on training


Information on training & education programmes

Location of the training provider


Type of training/education

Dual training: Academic and practical


3 years


Pharmaceutical-commercial clerk


The training lasts 3 years and includes academic classroom portions as well as practical portions through the training organisation.

Student stipend/allowance

Compensation is paid for the practical portion, but not for the school portion.

State recognition