The Department of Health WA offers an Immunisation certification course to all health providers in WA who are immunisation providers or who are planning to become an immunisation provider.
Before you register, please consider the below points:
- Do you work in an immunisation related area? (highly preferable)
- Do you have a licence to practice in WA?
- The cost of the course is $100. Money orders, cheque or credit card payments are accepted, please see registration form. Payment through Journal transfer is accepted for public sector employees. Please Note: There is no refund of the course fees once paid.
- There is a course intake on the 1st of each month, the registration form and payment needs to be received by the 10th of the month prior. Late registrations will not be accepted.
- The course duration is 5 weeks from the 1st of the month in which it starts. If you are unable to commit to that time period, e.g have holidays planned, then consider starting in the next month's intake.
- The course is run through distance education, you will require a computer to complete this course. Internet access is not mandatory.
To register, complete and return the registration form(PDF 20KB) to the address at the bottom of the form.
Please note: Nurses working in the public sector should seek further information from their Regional Immunisation Coordinator or Occupational Health and Safety/Infection Control Nurse prior to registering.
This course has been developed to meet the education and training needs of health professionals providing immunisation services across the various health services. It aims to uniformalise immunisation practice in WA.
It is designed to assist health professionals in gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to gain immunisation competence and immunisation certification. There is a degree of assumption of knowledge in this course and it would be beneficial if the student undertakes the course whilst working in a clinical envioronment so that they can practice the skills learnt in the course to gain a well rounded understanding of immunisation.
The course includes both theoretical and clinical practice components. This self paced, distance education program is designed as a flexible learning program. Learning materials are supplied as part of the study package. The course content is aligned to the National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines with particular emphasis on the Department of Health Western Australia standards of practice.
The course is designed to support rural and remote, general and community nurses in their expanded and demanding practice role.
The theoretical component of the immunisation certification training program will be five weeks in duration.
Nurses will be expected to complete the theory (training manual), clinical practice requirements and clinical assessment component of the course.
- routine immunisation schedules and vaccines
- diseases for which routine immunisation is given
- criteria for giving immunisation
- educating the person, family and community about the importance of being vaccinated
- storage and transport of vaccines
- the role of the nurse
- client assessment
Assessment Part One: Theory exam
There are two assessment components to this course. After the five weeks, students will sit for an open book multiple choice and short answer exam. Students must achieve a grade of 80% to pass the theory exam and move on to the clinical assessment.
Assessment Part Two: Clinical competencies
The clinical assessment will be undertaken by the allocated Assessor and is based on the Competency Immunisation Standards. Clinical competence is an integral component of the program, and assessment tools are included in the package.
Upon successfully completing the course, students will be provided with an Immunisation competency certificate. To maintain the currency of the certificate, students will need to attend an immunisation update every 12 months. These updates are offered through a variety of settings including Grace Vaughan House, Public Health Units, Medicare Locals and some hospitals.
For further information on the certification course, contact the course coordinator on 9388 4861, your Regional Immunisation Coordinator, Medicare Local Immunisation Officer or Occupational Health and Safety/Infection Control Nurse.