This online training programme is suitable for all designated supervisors who are new to tutoring as well as being a refresher for the more experienced supervisor. The programme covers key dates and requirements and also focuses on problem solving when difficult situations arise, such as if the trainee pharmacist is not meeting the required learning outcomes.

Our expert team is also on hand to support and guide members and their teams through the GPhC approval process to obtain premises approval to deliver foundation training and compile a training plan. If you require a copy of the NPA’s training plan, please contact Member Services.

Pharmacists interested in studying this course who are not NPA members are asked to contact our Member Services team by email on: training@npa.co.uk


At the end of the course, designated supervisors will feel confident to create a structured training plan for their trainee. They will also be equipped with the information and skills to shape the next generation of pharmacists and optimise their experience of employing a trainee pharmacist.


Designated supervisors taking on a trainee pharmacist.


The online training module is delivered via the NPA’s intuitive eLearning platform, the Learning Academy and covers the following key elements:

  • The roles and responsibilities of a designated supervisor
  • Overview of the Foundation training year
  • Coaching techniques
  • Assessments and providing feedback
  • GPhC key dates
  • Dealing with problematic situations
  • Learning outcomes and assessing competency
  • The GPhC registration assessment


There is no formal assessment for this course. Completion of training can provide a CPD opportunity. Designated supervisors can refer back to the course at any time if they wish to check information.


For more information on the Foundation training programme and additional resources available – visit our dedicated Foundation training page


There is no formal qualification for this course.


Designated supervisors can refer back to the course content at any point in the foundation training year.

Start Date

Between May - September: free for members enrolling students onto the Foundation training programme

Course Fee


Free when enrol student

£40 + VAT