Pacific-Pathology-Training-Centre-logoTraining 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 PPTC strongly encourages Pacific Country Ministries of Health or Interested Health Organizations to Consider Funding and provide Support to Medical Laboratory professionals  to attend these Courses to Strengthen and Promote Diagnostic Pathology in the Region.

The health laboratory specialties offered through NZ based courses include:

    • Quality Systems in Laboratory Services

    • Microbiology & Molecular Infectious Diseases  – *6 Weeks Duration*

    • Leadership and Service Delivery in Laboratory Diagnostics 

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

    • Clinical Biochemistry & Point of Care Testing [POCT]

    • Transfusion Medicine

  • Laboratory Attachments - Discipline-specific laboratory attachments organised upon request in an ISO 15189 accredited laboratory. Available throughout the year – please enquire. 

UPDATE: Courses are now scheduled for 2024.

2023 training courses are listed below. Applications are open for these courses. You can download the application form by clicking here: 2023 PPTC Centre Based Application Form



Laboratory Quality Management Symposium 

8th April- 19th April 202 (2 Weeks)



Transfusion Medicine

12th August- 6th September  2024 (4 Weeks)



Foundations of Haematology 

23rd September – 1st November 2024 (6 weeks). 


*Note : Funding for these courses is no longer supplied directly by the NZ Government regardless of a student or visitor visa. Please apply through your MOH, WHO or in-country donor agency.

Laboratory Attachments

These are Discipline specific laboratory attachments organised upon request to a  NZ accredited laboratory. Regretfully we will not be able to provide these attachments for the remainder of 2023 due to funding restrictions and placement limitations. Please divert possible students to attend the above courses as an alternative.


For further information contact the PPTC on:
Pacific Pathology Training Centre
E: or Programme Manager:
+64 4 389 6294