Promoting Excellence in Sexual and Reproductive Health

LARC Train-the-Trainer Courses (CPD approved)

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 can choose to become a LARC trainer in one type of LARC procedure, or more than one (IUC, Jadelle insertion, Jadelle removal). 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, AND

  • have training and/or experience in adult education, clinical training, 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


Thanks to funding from Te Whatu Ora, the LARC Train-the-Trainer course is free for the following groups:

  • All midwives.
  • Any health practitioner working in a rural practice.
  • All nurses who work outside of secondary services.
  • Any health practitioner working in a 'Priority practice' See the full list here (XLSX) 30KB. These practices were selected by Te Whatu Ora, 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 will apply. The fees for the LARC TTT Course (incl GST) are:

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

*non-members will receive NZCSRH Associate membership, 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

Upcoming workshop dates and locations 


  • Friday 26 July - Christchurch: 9am - 5pm 
    Registrations close 16 July
  • Saturday 31 August - Wellington: 9am - 5pm
  • Registrations close 23 August
  • Date TBC - Taranaki
  • Date TBC - Auckland
  • Saturday 16 March - Nelson: 9am - 5pm
  • Saturday 16 March - Dunedin: 9am - 5pm
  • Saturday 27 April - Hamilton: 9am - 5pm
  • Saturday 25 May - Whangarei: 9am - 4pm 

    We will be holding courses throughout 2024 and into 2025. If we have enough interest from a specific area, we will organise a course there. To register your interest in attending a workshop, please complete an expression of interest form, or contact Fiona: 

Past courses

  • 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
  • Sunday, 30 April 2023 - Auckland: 9am - 5pm, Botany SuperClinic
  • Sunday, 30 April 2023 - Northland: 9am - 5pm, St Johns Kerikeri
  • Thursday, 4 May 2023 - Tauranga: 9am - 5pm,  Trinity Wharf, Tauranga
  • Thursday, 20 July 2023 - Auckland: 9am - 5pm, Aotea Centre, Auckland Central
  • Sunday, 20 August 2023 - Christchurch: 9am - 5pm, Christchurch Women's Hospital
  • Saturday, 4 November 2023 - Napier: 9am - 5pm
  • Saturday, 2 December 2023 - Wellington: 9am - 5pm, Wellington Hospital



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