The Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) provides a range of health professional education, including accredited education to become an authorised vaccinator, update courses, information sessions, symposiums, workshops and conferences. We offer online, face-to-face and blended (mixture of online and face-to-face) learning opportunities. Our booking platform is IMAC Learning.
Please note: Due to contractual requirements, nurses delivering childhood national immunisation schedule vaccines are given priority enrolment in 2-day Vaccinator Foundation Courses in their area. As the 2-day courses tend to fill quickly, we recommend that other immunisation providers register for flexible learning vaccinator foundation courses, as there is a "no priority" enrolment system for those courses.
Provisional Vaccinator Foundation Course Click here to visit our PVFC page
COVID-19 courses Find out more on our COVID website
Open access to some online COVID-19 vaccine courses is available. Health professionals can register via IMAC Learning to access these. Please note: Provisional or full vaccinator authorisation is a pre-requisite for delivering COVID-19 vaccine/s.
Management of anaphylaxis and administration of adrenaline course
There are specific CPR training requirements to become an authorised, provisional or full vaccinator, these are outlined below.
A4.2. Resuscitation requirements for all authorised vaccinators and pharmacist vaccinators
All vaccinators, by virtue of their occupation, need to be able to resuscitate patients and therefore need to achieve and maintain the following resuscitation skills:
- infant, child and adult CPR, including mouth-to-mouth, mouth-to-mask and the management of choking
- administration of IM adrenaline for treatment of anaphylaxis
- use of an automated external defibrillator
- one-and two-person bag valve mask ventilation and mouth-to-mask technique.
Resuscitation training for all vaccinators should cover the specific skills outlined above. The use of oxygen, sizing of airways, insertion of intravenous lines and the preparation of emergency medications (except for intramuscular adrenaline) are not skills specifically required of a vaccinator. (Appendix 4 Immunisation Handbook).
As a temporary process IMAC has ‘top up’ training available for vaccinators who might hold a BLS (Basic Life Support) but need to build knowledge about the treatment of anaphylaxis. To check what your course covers please refer to your course learning outcome or certificate or check with your CPR provider (please do not send to us to review or verify).
This top-up training focuses on the recognition and management of anaphylaxis, including the preparation and administration of IM (intramuscular) adrenaline. It is only suitable for those who have a current BLS (Basic Life Support) qualification or one that expired within the last 12 months.
Before giving access to the course, we require the following information from you:
- Your IMAC Learning Management System (LMS) email address
- The vaccinator course you’re already registered for (e.g., Provisional or Full Authorisation)
- Confirmation you already have a BLS certificate that is current or expired within the last 12 months.
Please note that if you are enrolled in the COVID-19 Vaccinator - Working under supervision course, you don’t need to do this top up course as this material is covered during the ½ day practical.
Registration and payment
All full vaccinator foundation courses and vaccinator update courses can be booked and paid for online by credit card or debit card (MasterCard or Visa). Refer to the 2021 education flyer to help with your choice. Some of the dates and times of scheduled education courses may change. Any changes will be listed below.
October 2021 - If you are booked on a scheduled in person education course this month, please be aware that we are doing our best to run the courses in their original format (if at all possible).
However with the restrictions of ongoing COVID-19 Alert Level changes we may have to make changes to the way your course is offered, due to venue size and availability at different alert levels. This will mean that some courses may be delivered in an online and via webinar format. We will be in contact by email as soon as we know more details (at least 10 days prior to course date) if you are already enrolled on one of these courses. We understand that it is important for you to be able to complete your education course in a timely manner. Note, we will only contact you by email if the course you are booked on is changing. If you don't hear from us, your course will be proceeding in it's advertised format.
Extra courses added for October, November & December due to demand:
- Flexible learning vaccinator foundation course Manukau, Wednesday 27th October - tutorial via Zoom 9am-12.30pm
- Flexible learning vaccinator foundation courses Christchurch Tuesday 30th November, Wellington (CBD) Thursday 2nd December, Auckland (Epsom) Wednesday 15th December
- These courses can be purchased from the Training Catalogue on IMAC Learning.
If you are unable to attend your course, please contact [email protected]. We are able to transfer your booking (if adequate notice is given) but are not able to offer refunds.