For all IMAC training and courses, including online courses, vaccinator updates, symposiums, workshops and conferences, please use the link below.
The Immunisation Advisory Centre provides a range of education options for health professionals, including accredited training to become an authorised vaccinator, update courses and information sessions.
We offer online, face to face and blended (mixture of online and face to face) learning opportunities. Please note: Due to contractual requirements nurses delivering childhood national immunisation schedule vaccines are given priority enrolment in two day Vaccinator Foundation Courses in their area. As the two 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.
Registration and payment
All 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.
Extra flexible learning vaccinator foundation course dates have been added in:
- Wellington 11th August
- Christchurch 27th August
These courses can be purchased from the Training Catalogue on IMAC Learning.
If you are unable to attend your course, please contact IMAC education. We are able to transfer your booking (if adequate notice is given) but are not able to offer refunds.
Other IMAC courses:
Provisional Vaccinator Foundation Course (PVFC):
An Influenza, MMR and Pandemic Vaccinator Foundation Course has been developed for the administration of influenza and MMR. Those who complete the PVFC will also be eligible to undertake the COVID-19 specific education course when it is available. The PVFC is a FREE course, please email [email protected] for registration instructions. Please specify type of health professional in email. These instructions will be sent out progressively within three working days of us receiving registration applications (please do not email more than once). Current authorised or pharmacist vaccinators do not need to complete the PVFC.
This course is available to Health Care Professionals (HPC) who have a current Annual Practising Certificate (APC) and appropriate health science students e.g. Well Child Tamariki Ora (WCTO) nurses, Māori and Pacific health providers, school registered nurses, pharmacists not already vaccinating, enrolled nurses, aged residential care nurses, health professionals with interim APC’s, third year student nurses and fourth year onwards student doctors. Please refer to ‘Who can do this course’ in the below FAQ document for further clarification of eligibility status.
Note for Pharmacists: The provisional vaccinator foundation course might seem like an attractive option but this course will only give a limited scope and for a limited time. If a pharmacist wants to give the full scope of pharmacy vaccines, they will have to complete a full vaccinator foundation course and process.
On completion of the provisional vaccinator foundation course all participants will demonstrate clinical competency through a peer review by a current authorised vaccinator or experienced pharmacist vaccinator (vaccinating a minimum of two people). Click here for peer assessment form. Vaccinators who have undertaken a peer assessment will need to apply for Provisional Authorisation. Click here for application form to cover the administration of MMR and Influenza vaccines. If participants want to continue to vaccinate after June 2022, they will need to complete a vaccinator bridging programme (there will be a cost for this) and complete all the requirements to be an authorised or pharmacist vaccinator including a full clinical assessment. The bridging programme will have a limited number of places and will only be available for those vaccinators who will be delivering national immunisation schedule vaccines. This bridging course option will only be available for completion until the end of 2023.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: We have added more webinar dates for June & July for the provisional vaccinator course (for those that have registered on versions of the course prior to 1st June). Please email us at [email protected] to register.
Open access to online COVID-19 vaccine courses now available
We are pleased to share that access to our COVID-19 vaccine courses is now open and free. Any health professional can register via IMAC Learning to access our COVID-19 vaccine courses. Please note that provisional or fully authorised vaccinator education is a pre-requisite for the COVID-19 vaccinator training.