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Course information - courses for assessors

Contact Assessment training is now delivered by distance. In some circumstances an educator may deliver training in person - please let us know if you require this.

Contact Assessment training takes one day of virtual classroom time, then you will complete real assessments for your educator to review over the next several weeks. 

This course will show you:

  • how to access the interRAI software system
  • how to create and manage a new client record
  • learn about the interRAI assessment tools
  • how to read and interpret interRAI assessment information
  • how interRAI assessments are used to support clinical decision-making.

You need a computer or tablet with an internet connection and browser. Make sure you activate sound and enable popups.

To enroll for the interRAI Contact Assessment distance learning course please email interRAI@tas.health.nz 

Home Care assessment training is delivered by distance, using a mix of self-directed online learning and educator delivered learning via Zoom. 

Virtual classroom time is two days, with practical application of skills over several weeks, required to achieve full competency.

Community Health Assessment training is delivered by distance, using a mix of self-directed online learning and educator delivered learning via Zoom. 

Virtual classroom time is two days, with practical application of skills over several weeks, required to achieve full competency.

Registrations available now. Please contact us to make your booking.

Course structure
The course includes modules of self-directed learning, educator-directed learning and workplace-based learning through completion of resident assessments. Between the three educator-directed modules delivered via Zoom, trainees complete self-directed learning modules independently, using our eLearning system. Our interRAI educators remain available to provide support during the self directed modules. Trainees also complete online multi-choice exams. All parts of the course including the resident assessments and the online exams, must be completed within six weeks of starting the course.

Trainee considerations
To successfully complete this course, trainees will need:
- a quiet space with a computer (or laptop) that has sound
- a webcam and internet access with sufficient speed for video calling, as educators deliver course content via Zoom
- a supervising buddy or learning partner (if possible). This person must be LTCF-competent, and available to answer questions and provide support during training.

Self-directed module must be completed in advance
Trainees must complete the first module of the online self-directed learning by noon of the business day before the directed learning begins. The course is structured so that interRAI educators can build on this knowledge during the Zoom sessions. For this reason, trainees who don’t complete the first self-directed module by the deadline, are withdrawn from the course, and rescheduled for another date.

Support for learning
Our staff are here to provide support and advice in the transition to distance learning in your facility. In strictly limited circumstances, we may be able to provide in-person training for your staff. Please contact us to talk through your options.

Palliative Care assessment training is available to anyone already competent in Home Care assessment. The training is completed by distance, using a mix of self-directed online learning and educator-led training delivered via Zoom. Virtual classroom components of the course may be completed in one day. 

A trial is underway to explore the use of Palliative Care assessments in aged residential care settings, it is hoped we will be able to train more assessors who are LTCF-competent in future.

If you already competent in conducting Home Care assessments, you can email interRAI@tas.health.nz to enrol for Palliative Care training.