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Education

For all IMAC training and courses, including online courses, vaccinator updates, symposiums, workshops and conferences, please use the link below.

Click here to register and view our courses on IMAC Learning

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.

Education courses

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.

General answers to questions about education courses

The following extra flexible learning vaccinator foundation courses as well as an extra vaccinator update course have been added to our education schedule and are available for registration and purchase from IMAC Learning:

  • Whangarei 3 May
  • Northland (Kerikeri) update 4 May
  • Hamilton 5 May
  • Auckland (Epsom) 13 May

Professional Development Days - Wellington 19th May & Auckland 20th May

Registrations are now open on IMAC Learning. Search 'Immunisation Events' in the Training Catalogue, then Professional Development Days. Limited places; preference will be given to immunisation coordinators and those directly involved with immunisation in NZ.
Cost: $165 (gst inclusive), includes refreshments. Payment is by credit/debit card only.

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. 

Cancellation policy

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.

Except for those on a DHB nominated list to undergo the training for the first vaccine rollout, the online COVID-19 specific education course is not available yet. Please do not email us asking for a release date.

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 linkClick here for COVID-19 FAQs. 

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 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.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: We have added more webinar dates for April for the provisional vaccinator course. Please email us at [email protected] to register.

Answers to questions about the Provisional Vaccinator Foundation Course and authorisation

 

 

 

 

Last updated: Apr 2021