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Applying to Register as a Trainee

Information on Pre-registration training in Northern Ireland is available in the Standards for Pre-registration Training.

Procedures for the initial education & training of pharmacists in Northern Ireland 

All trainees must hold a degree in pharmacy, obtained in a UK-based University which is recognised by the Pharmaceutical Society NI or the General Pharmaceutical Council.  All trainees must produce written evidence of having been awarded a degree in pharmacy before any period of pre-registration training can commence.

Pre-registration trainees must organise their own training placement where there is a suitably qualified pre-registration tutor in registered premises.  (See ‘Useful Contacts‘).

Only those premises registered for pre-registration training can accept a pre-registration trainee.

Application Information



Application to Register as a Trainee of the Pharmaceutical Society NI 2017-18.

2017-18 Learning Contract

All forms must be fully completed in order for an application to be accepted. Incomplete forms will be returned to the applicant.

No period of training should be undertaken by any graduate until they have confirmation that their application is accepted.

For the training year 2017-2018, pre-registration training may commence between 3rd July 2017 and 11th September 2017.



The Pharmaceutical Society NI require a certified true copy of your birth certificate, this will be accepted in either of the following formats (this will not be returned):

a) A certified true copy can be obtained from NI Direct Government Services (for Northern Ireland), the General Register Office (GRO) (for England and Wales) and the General Register Office forScotland.  Details on how to obtain a certified copy and what fees are involved are available using the relevant link:

for Northern Ireland;

for Ireland;

for England and Wales;

for Scotland;

b) A copy of the certificate can be certified as a true copy by either a notary* or a solicitor, a list of solicitors in Northern Ireland who are ‘Notaries Public‘ can be found on the Law Society of Northern Irelands website using the link below:

*Under the Solicitors (Northern Ireland) Order 1976, all solicitors are commissioners for oaths, which mean that they can witness official documents other than those prepared by themselves or their opponents in a case.  A notary public is an officer who can administer oaths and statutory declarations, witness and authenticate documents, and perform certain other acts depending on the jurisdiction.

Information for International Students


Tier 2 (General)

If you wish to undertake pre-registration training under the Tier 2 visa sponsorship, as the regulator, the Pharmaceutical Society NI will require clarification as to your status as an EU resident as a visa will be required.  This is your responsibility and an employer will seek proof of your right to work in the UK , your employer will need to be in receipt of a ‘Certificate of Sponsorship’, see link below:

As part of the UK Border Agency requirements students undertaking a pre-registration placement must meet their essential criteria, including a minimum salary including a minimum salary cap (for further details on salary caps, refer to the link ).

Some student visas will allow you to work for a certain number of months after graduating.  It may be possible to start you pre-registration training on your student visa, if the visa allows this. If you can begin training on your student visa please ensure that you apply for your Tier 2 visa in plenty of time.

If your VISA is not appropriate for you to work in Northern Ireland you will not be able to join the pre-registration programme

Birth Certificate

It is necessary to submit a certified true copy of your birth certificate, certified by a UK solicitor or notary public.

If this documentation is not in English, an applicant is required to provide a certified translation in English as well as a certified copy of the original. The following requirements must be met:

  • The translation must be completed by an authorised translator;
  • It must be a literal translation – not an interpretation of the original document;
  • All certification and ink stamps on the original document must also be translated;
  • The translator must put their business stamp on each document translated, sign and date the statement “this is a true and accurate translation” and attach the translation to the original language document or provide a list of the documents translated.


The Pharmaceutical Society NI will also require you to submit your passport and visa for verification (this will be returned to you by special delivery).

Here is a link to the UK land and border agency which will provide you with more information.

Employer Information

Any pharmacist who wishes to employ a pre-registration trainee must ensure their premises are registered for this purpose.  This process is now completed on an annual basis and is included in your Trainees application form (see Page 11 of the Pre-registration application form).

Trainees must have access to the current editions of the specified reference sources.

The Standards for Pre-registration Training contains information regarding pre-registration training requirements of employers.

Tutor Information

For a pharmacist to act as a pre-registration tutor he/she (i) must have been in practice in the aspect of pharmacy with which the particular establishment is concerned for a minimum of three years and (ii) must have attended a recognised tutor training course.

A pharmacist who has completed the tutor training course must attend a further up-date course every five years.

The Standards for Pre-registration Training contains information regarding pre-registration training requirements of tutors.