MEDICAL SALES REPRESENTITIVE LEARNERSHIP
Medical Sales Representative, often referred to as reps, is the business of selling medicines
or health products to doctors and/or other health care professionals. Of course, medical
sales are governed by more strict ethical and legal requirements compared to other typical
sales jobs since we are ultimately dealing with the safety and well-being of patients.
Medical sales reps are employed by pharmaceutical and medical device companies. The
pharmaceutical and device industries are huge and growing ever larger, so there's an
endlessly growing need for more medical sales reps.
EXPERIENCE IS IMPORTANT
Many companies prefer reps that have a life science degree and they prefer reps who
already have some sales experience at least. On top of this, as one of the few lucrative
career options in the medical industry, this career is in high demand. Hence this is an
exceptionally difficult industry to break into.
THE GOOD NEWS
The good news is that a formal medical sales rep qualification administered via the Chemical
Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) is now available in South Africa. What
does this mean? The medical sales representative qualification is structured as a learnership
and offers an opportunity for recent graduates, including grade 12 graduates, to be placed
within pharmaceutical companies for a 12 month period to gain experience and at the same
time receive a stipend. During the 12 month period they will also be expected to attend
training, complete assignments and write exams. This therefore requires commitment from
the learner, the pharmaceutical company and the training provider.
EVEN BETTER NEWS
Even better news; several companies across the medical industry have joined forces with
Masoom Training Solutions, a CHIETA Accredited Training Provider, to provide workplace
opportunities for 50 learners in Gauteng during the 2014 financial year.