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 and training options for health professionals, including accredited training to become an authorised vaccinator, update courses and information sessions.
Provisional Vaccinator Training Course (PVTC):
An Influenza, MMR and Pandemic Vaccinator Training Course has been developed for the administration of influenza, MMR and any potential COVID-19 vaccine. To access this FREE course, please email [email protected] for registration instructions (we will reply to you within 2 to 3 working days). Please don't email us more than once, we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Note: if you are already registered for a vaccinator training course in June 2020, you need to remain on that course. Those who are already registered on flexible learning vaccinator training courses or two-day vaccinator training courses cannot transfer to the provisional vaccinator course. For the rest of 2020 VTCs please contact the education office if you wish to change the course you have applied for.
This course is designed for Health Professionals who hold an annual practising certificate, or appropriate health science students registered with a professional body. In the first instance preference on this programme will be given to Well Child Tamariki Ora (WCTO) nurses, Māori and Pacific health providers, school registered nurses, enrolled nurses and pharmacists not already vaccinating.
Note for Pharmacists: The provisional vaccinator 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 training course and process.
On completion of the provisional vaccinator course all participants will demonstrate clinical competency through a peer review by a current authorised vaccinator or experienced pharmacist vaccinator. Vaccinators who have undertaken a peer assessment will be given a two-year provisional authorisation for MMR and Influenza. A further online learning module will need to be completed for the Provisional Vaccinators to undertake COVID-19 vaccinations.
If participants want to continue to vaccinate after the two-year period, 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.
Other IMAC courses:
We offer online, face to face and blended (mixture of online and face to face) learning opportunities. All June and July vaccinator training and update courses are now online courses. There is no classroom/face to face component during this period.
Please note: Due to contractual requirements nurses delivering childhood national immunisation schedule vaccines are given priority enrolment in two day Vaccinator Training Courses in their area. As the two day courses tend to fill quickly, we recommend that other immunisation providers register for flexible learning vaccinator training 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 2020 education flyer to help with your choice.