Promoting Excellence in Sexual and Reproductive Health

LARC Train-the-Trainer Courses

In 2022, Health New Zealand contracted NZCSRH to provide long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) training support.  LARCs are the most modern and effective reversible forms of contraception.  The aim of this initiative is to increase workforce capability in primary care and improve access to LARCs. 

As part of this contract, NZCSRH are providing train-the-trainer courses in LARC procedures for health practitioners who are competent in these procedures as per the Long-Acting Reversible Contraception: Health Practitioner Training Principles and Standards, and want to train others. 

NZCSRH are working in co-operation with the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners to provide this LARC training service.


Eligibility for LARC TTT Courses

We welcome all health practitioners including nurses, nurse practitioners, doctors and midwives from across the motu to attend the Train the Trainer course. Health practitioners may become a LARC insertion/removal trainer if they meet the following criteria:

  • provide the specified LARC at a frequency that maintains confidence and competency (ie, at least 10 procedures annually on average for each type of LARC procedure they provide training for),

  • demonstrate cultural safety and youth-friendly practices as articulated within their scope of practice,

  • are familiar with the Aotearoa New Zealand Guidance on Contraception,

  • have completed the theory components that trainees have completed (including the NCTS contraceptive counselling and IUC/contraceptive insertion and removal online courses, or equivalent,

  • are experienced in more complex insertions and removals and in managing side effects and complications,

  • are competent to the Long-acting reversible contraception health practitioner training principles and standards for LARC insertion and/or removal,


  • have training and/or experience in adult education and/or clinical training and/ or relevant train-the-trainer approaches.

The purpose of the NZCSRH LARC TTT course is to provide training in clinical training using a relevant train-the-trainer approach.

Therefore, health practitioner competence in LARC procedures must be established prior to attendance on the NZCSRH LARC TTT course. 

Competence can be demonstrated in a number of ways, as outlined in the Long-acting Reversible Contraception Principles and Standards for Trainers 2022


Te Whatu Ora has selected 303 practices to be funded for training to ensure health equity and greater access to services for priority communities. These practices were selected based on predominantly serving low decile, Māori, Pacific or youth-enrolled populations.

The training is also open to any health practitioner who meets the criteria to become a trainer. The following fees apply.

The fees for the LARC TTT Course (incl GST) are:

  • $650 for members
  • $800 for non members*  

*non members will also receive membership as an Associate of NZCSRH valid up until the annual membership renewal in July of each year. 

Fees are subject to annual review.

Registering your Interest 

We plan to run the Long Acting Reversible Contraception Train the Trainer (LARC TTT) workshops around the country to enable the community of trainers to support each other. We welcome expressions of interest so we can arrange a local workshop.

If you are interested in attending a workshop, please complete the LARC TTT Expression of Interest form below. Please email your completed form and supporting evidence of practice documents to

Confirmed workshop dates and locations 

  • Saturday, 29 October 2022 - Dunedin: 9am - 5pm, Dunedin Hospital
  • Sunday, 4 December 2022 - Wellington: 9am - 5pm, Wellington Hospital
  • Saturday, 4 March 2023 - Rotorua: 9am - 5pm, Children's Health Hub - Te Aka Mauri
    Applications close Saturday 18 February
  • Sunday, 30 April 2023 - Auckland: 9am - 5pm, Botany SuperClinic
    Applications close Sunday 16 April
  • Sunday, 30 April 2023 - Northland: 9am - 5pm, St Johns Kerikeri
    Applications close Sunday 16 April
  • Thursday, 4 May 2023 - Tauranga: 9am - 5pm,  Trinity Wharf, Tauranga
    Applications close Sunday 23 April
  • Thursday, 20 July 2023 - Auckland: 9am - 5pm, Aotea Centre, Auckland Central
    8 places available. This is being held as a pre-conference event, as part of the Conference for General Practice 2023. First priority will be given to GPs. Unfilled spaces will be offered to all other health practitioners. Applications close Thursday 6 July




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