This course covers the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to infants, children and adults for educators and support staff working within an education and care setting who are required to respond to a first aid emergency, including asthmatic and anaphylactic emergencies.

This unit of competency has been approved by ACECQA.

A refresher course is recommended every three years. The Australian Resuscitation Council recommends that CPR is renewed every 12 months.

* Training and assessment delivered on behalf of HealthCorp – RTO 91222

Course Outline

Participants will be required to demonstrate the following tasks at least once in line with state/territory regulations, first aid codes of practice, first aid requirements for services under the Education and Care Services National Law, ARC guidelines and workplace procedures.

Participants will be required to perform at least four minutes of uninterrupted CPR on an infant, a child and an adult resuscitation manikin placed on the floor, demonstrating the following techniques on each:

  • checking for response and normal breathing
  • recognising abnormal breathing
  • opening and clearing the airway
  • using correct hand location, compression depth rate in line with the ARC recommended ratio of compressions and ventilations
  • acting in the event of regurgitation or vomiting
  • following single rescuer procedure, including the demonstration of a rotation of operators with minimal interruptions to compressions
  • following prompts of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Participants must also be able to conduct a secondary assessment looking for other injuries/illnesses that may be evident.

Training will cover applied first aid procedures for the following:

  • respiratory distress, allergic reaction, anaphylaxis, asthma
  • basic wound care, severe bleeding/bleeding control
  • burns, cardiac arrest, choking and airway obstruction
  • convulsions, including febrile convulsions, epilepsy and seizures
  • envenomation (using pressure immobilisation)
  • soft tissue injuries, dislocations, fractures, sprains and strains (using arm slings, roller bandages or other appropriate immobilisation techniques)
  • head, neck and spinal injuries
  • poisoning and toxic substances
  • unconsciousness, abnormal breathing or not breathing
  • shock, diabetes, drowning
  • abdominal injuries, crush injuries
  • environmental impact (including hypothermia, hyperthermia, dehydration and heat stroke)
  • eye and ear injuries, minor skin injuries, needle stick injuries

Participants must demonstrate they can follow workplace procedures for reporting details of the incident, including:

  • providing an accurate verbal report of the incident
  • completing an incident, injury, trauma and illness record
  • responding to at several simulated first aid scenarios contextualised to the candidate’s workplace/community setting, and involving infants and children of varying ages.

Topics also covered include:

Legal, workplace and community considerations, such as:

  • stress-management techniques and available support following an emergency situation, including the psychological impact on children
  • duty of care requirements
  • respectful behaviour towards a casualty
  • own skills and limitations
  • consent, including requirements for parental/caregiver consent
  • privacy and confidentiality requirements
  • importance of debriefing

Considerations when providing first aid including:

  • airway obstruction due to body position
  • appropriate duration and cessation of CPR
  • appropriate use of an AED, including placement of pads for adults and children aged older than 8 years
  • specific considerations when using an AED on children aged between 1 and 8 years, including identification of AED with paediatric capability, paediatric voltage and use of paediatric pads
  • chain of survival
  • standard precautions and infection control principles


This flexible learning approach allows the student to complete the pre-course theory component at their own pace prior to attending the practical face to face day which focuses on learning and practicing first aid skills such as CPR, administration of auto injectors (EpiPens & AnaPens), choking treatments, use of defibrillator and bandaging. A variety of assessment tasks are undertaken including 65 multiple choice & 9 short answer questions, 12 performance tasks & several simulated workplace scenarios.


Participants may be required to complete pre-course work online for this course. You will receive an email “invitation” following your registration which will provide you with details on how to enrol through our partner site.


  • Participants MUST provide a USI number to the trainer on the day of training. Failure to provide this will mean that certification on completion of the course cannot be issued.
  • Current Driver’s Licence or Photo ID required for all participants as Evidence of Identity.
  • If you are re-certifying, you must bring evidence of your previous Certification such as your wallet size card or original certificate. This must be presented to your trainer on the day. For re-certification, your qualification cannot be expired. Proof of currency is always required to be submitted (allowance for ‘just expired’ may be made depending on the trainer).

Award and Recognition

Successful participants will be awarded the following National Units of Competency:

  • HLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • HLTAID010 Provide basic emergency life support
  • HLTAID011 Provide first aid
  • HLTAID012 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting

Participants will be issued with an electronic certificate.

If participants wish to have an issue of paper certificates and/or wallet cards this may be at an additional cost and also attracts a postage and handling fee.

This course satisfies ALL requirements for first aid, anaphylaxis management and emergency asthma training as approved by ACECQA


From 1st January 2015, when enrolling in a Nationally Recognised training course you will need to obtain and provide your Unique Student Identifier (USI) Number. Certificates cannot be issued until the USI number has been provided. 

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