For all IMAC training and courses, including online courses, vaccinator updates, symposiums, workshops and conferences, please use the link below.
2021 education courses are now open for registration!
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.
Update 25/01/2021: Both the 2021 online Infants to Adults vaccinator update and the Pharmacist vaccinator update are available for purchase from the Training Catalogue. The Adolescents to Adults update will be available for purchase from the Training Catalogue by Friday 29th January. The other online updates will be updated progressively over the next 2 to 3 weeks.
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.
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.
COVID-19 vaccinator information
To administer any COVID-19 vaccine, all qualified/authorised and provisional vaccinators will need to produce evidence that they have completed the online COVID-19 specific education course. This is not the PVFC detailed below.
In early 2021, we will announce via our website (https://www.immune.org.nz/covid-19-vaccinator-information) and newsletter when that course will be available. If you are a vaccinator and do not currently subscribe to our email list, please do so by clicking this link. For the first Pfizer vaccine, only a small number of vaccinators will be administering this vaccine and will be required to complete the training relevant to this vaccine. Click here for COVID-19 FAQs. Please do not email us asking for a release date for the COVID-19 specific education course.
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 two weeks 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 any Health Care Professional (HCP) who has 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.
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. This bridging course option will only be available for completion until the end of 2023.