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These training workshops have been specifically designed to assist Registered Nurses working in Primary Health Care towards competency underpinned by theoretical knowledge in the practical skills required to insert peripheral IV cannulae and/or take blood samples.

This training is not applicable to those wanting to train as a Phlebotomist or work in services outside of Counties Manukau Health localities.


The training program does not allow participants to insert peripheral IV cannula into children less than 15 years of age and take peripheral blood samples from children less than 10 years of age.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this training participants will be able to: 

  • Discuss the legal and professional implications related to Peripheral intravenous cannulation (PIVC) and blood sampling. 
  • Identify veins suitable for PIVC and/or blood sampling. 

  • Discuss the indications/contraindications of PIVC placement/blood sampling. 
  • Discuss the principle of informed consent related to PIVC/blood sampling. 

  • Identify potential complications for the patient/staff member and describe appropriate action to avoid or correct these. 

  • Prepare a patient in relation to the PIVC/blood sampling procedure. 

  • Demonstrate insertion of a PIVC /taking of blood sample. 

  • Undertake practical competency assessments. 


Middlemore Hospital - CTEC - Clinical Training & Education Centre.

Cannulation 9am to 10am and Phlebotomy 10am to 11am. Choose a training date from the list in the online application form.

Application form

Click HERE to complete the online application form.  You will receive a training confirmation email once your application has been accepted.

If you are new, instructions for accessing Ko Awatea LEARN will be included.

Training process

Complete all four steps and keep all documentation as evidence of training undertaken.

  • Theory: Peripheral IV Cannulation & Phlebotomy
    This online workbook introduces the theory and practice of inserting peripheral IV Cannula and blood sampling and is located on Ko Awatea LEARN site. Allow a minimum of two hours.
  • Clinical Skills Demonstration and Practice Session 
    This is facilitated by the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) IV Access Team. The demonstration and practice session gives you the opportunity to practice the skill in an educational environment. Allow one hour per skill.

  • Supervised Clinical Practice 
    It is the responsibility of your workplace to provide clinical supervision.  Supervised clinical practice enables you to practice your skill in a clinical environment under supervision.

  • Competency Assessment & Assessors
    Your workplace is responsible for assessing competency.  Assessors may be registered practitioners or medical staff who perform this skill on a regular enough basis to maintain their competency in the procedure. They must be aware of local guidelines and procedures.  It is preferred they have completed a recognised assessment training course. 

General enquires

If you have any questions, please email

Assessment forms

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