Training courses are held both at the Wellington Centre and internationally if facilities are appropriate. New Zealand based courses are restricted to ten trainees, with both theoretical and practical training covered over the duration of the course. Trainees wishing to be accepted must be currently employed in a medical laboratory and have had at least two years’ experience before attending.  Courses cover all aspects of medical laboratory science.

New Zealand Based Courses

The health laboratory specialties offered through NZ based courses include:

  • Laboratory Health and Safety; and Quality Management  Systems

  • Clinical Biochemistry

  • Effective Laboratory Management

  • Haematology and Blood Cell Morphology – *6 Weeks Duration*

  • Medical Microbiology

  • Transfusion Science

UPDATE: Courses scheduled for 2020 and 2021  have been postponed to 2022.

2022 training courses are listed below. Applications are open for these courses. You can download the application form by clicking here: PPTC Centre Based Application Form

Laboratory Management, Health and Safety; and Quality Management  Systems

11 July – 5 August 2022

This course will be introduced in 2022 as a blended approach to improve laboratory management, health & safety, and quality management challenges faced on a daily basis in a clinical laboratory, with a focus on resource-limited settings.

The course will have Health and Safety component covering the following subtopics: Implementing a Laboratory Health and Safety programme, Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment, Laboratory Premises and Design, Biohazard waste and disposal of contaminated material; Personal Protection; Code of conduct; Staff Health and Medical surveillance; Administrative Procedures; Chemical and dangerous goods  storage; Material Data Safety Sheets; Major Incident Response; Laboratory Emergency Planning; and Laboratory Biosecurity concepts.

 This will be followed by a detailed Laboratory Quality Management component which will cover: Laboratory Organisation and Management, Quality Management Systems, Human Resources, Accommodation and Environmental Conditions, Laboratory Safety, Laboratory Equipment, Procurement and Supplies Management, Information Management, Laboratory Specimen Management, Customer Service, and Laboratory Networking.

Throughout the Laboratory Management component, particular attention be paid to the following topics: effective and efficient administration of the medical laboratory service, including budget planning and control with responsible financial management, in accordance with institutional assignment of such responsibilities; the importance of providing educational programs for the medical and laboratory staff, and participating in educational programs of the institution; how to select and monitor all referral laboratories for quality of service; how to implement the quality management systems, to monitor all work performed in the laboratory to determine that medically reliable data are being generated; how to ensure that there are sufficient qualified personnel with adequate documented training and experience to meet the needs of the laboratory and how to plan and set goals and develop and allocate resources appropriate to the medical environment; how to implement a safe laboratory environment; how to address any complaint, request, or suggestion from users of laboratory services; and ensure good staff morale. All requirements on how to be an effective laboratory manager will be discussed.

Laboratory tours of the Wellington Hospital and New Zealand Blood Services will be organised for the students. The overall objective of this training is: ‘that the participant will gain confidence in the evaluation, development, and implementation of a health and safety programme encompassing the key elements of the laboratory quality management systems and standards for health laboratory services’. 


22 August -  16 September 2022

The course is taught over the duration of four weeks and includes the following topics: organisation of phlebotomy collection and laboratory reception; blood collection sets and vacutainer tubes and needle systems; IATA Regulations and packaging techniques for biological substances; basic equipment including pipettes, pH meters, water baths, centrifuges, balances; an overview of blood gas and other biochemistry analysers; an overview of Diabetes in terms of pathology diagnosis, laboratory management and point of care testing; renal function and renal dialysis; an overview of cardiac enzymes in health and disease focusing on Myocardial Infarction, diagnosis and laboratory management; advances in protein analysis and specialist biochemical analysis; an overview of thyroid function and associated abnormalities; a molecular approach to biochemical pathology; organisation and effective management of the Biochemistry laboratory; Quality Control, QLab, and External Quality Assessment in the Biochemistry laboratory; use of spreadsheets, word processing in the Biochemistry laboratory. Discussion of quality systems, Standard Operating Procedures, stock control and its management, result processing, audit trails, reducing error, and process improvement; and an overview of Laboratory Information Systems is also discussed. Staff competency/ personal records, quality manual essentials, documentation framework, auditing, and quality review are also covered.

This course does not incorporate practical workshops, but students are presented with a tour of hospital and community laboratories in the Wellington region. Guest presenters from various product suppliers in New Zealand are also arranged for the course.

Transfusion Science

17 October – 11 November 2022

The PPTC engages transfusion sciences technical expert highly proficient in Transfusion Medicine to provide a four-week lecture series covering transfusion-transmitted diseases (including HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B and C), donor selection and collection, blood processing, blood transfusion practice, ABO, Rh and other blood group systems, blood group genetics and basic immunology, preparation of Coombs control cells, technical methods, antibody screen and identification, compatibility testing, haemolytic diseases of the newborn, transfusion reaction investigations, haemovigilance, blood bank quality management, equipment maintenance, organisation of a blood bank and the appropriate use of blood components in transfusion medicine.

Practical sessions are also provided, focusing on correct techniques and fundamental basic procedures. The content of this course ensures that the practical needs of all students attending are met. Practical sessions will focus on repeated basic methodology, so as techniques are mastered to levels of excellence.

Tours of the New Zealand Blood Donor Centre and New Zealand Blood Bank Crossmatch laboratory will be incorporated in the training course.

For further information contact: Navin Karan, Programme Manager, PPTC, PO Box 7013 Wellington, New Zealand Telephone: 64 4 389 6294 Email: