Pharmaceutical technical assistant (PTA)
Location of the training provider
Type of training/education
School education and internship
Two-year course, with theoretical instruction and practical training. Six-month practical training in a pharmacy.
Two-year course with theoretical instruction and practical training. Six-month practical training in a pharmacy.
A training allowance is rather unusual, since it is a school-based training. Funding via BAföG is possible under certain conditions.
What are my activities in this job?
Pharmaceutical technical assistants dispense prescription medications under the supervision of a pharmacist. They also sell non-prescription medicines. It is important that the relevant details and use of the medicinal product are explained to the customer.
Under the supervision of a pharmacist, they prepare ointments and solutions, measure (for example) cholesterol and blood and urine values and perform chemical as well as physical analyses of medicinal products. Another duty is the supervision and organisation of medication orders and inventory checks.
Qualification: Pharmaceutical technical assistant
Where can I work?
Pharmaceutical technical assistants work primarily in pharmacies, in the pharmaceutical or chemical industry, in pharmaceutical wholesaling, for pharmacist associations or for health insurance providers.
What requirements must I meet?
- Intermediate school leaving certificate or
- First general education school leaving certificate and a completed two-year course of training/education
- Good academic performance in maths and science should also be demonstrated.
- If applicable B2 German certificate
- Manual dexterity
- Sociability and empathy in dealing with sick people
How much will the training cost?
There are no costs, but material costs may apply.