HLTAID003 Provide First Aid

Information about this course:
This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to a casualty. The unit applies to all workers who may be required to provide a first aid response in a range of situations, including community and workplace settings. This course was previously known as Level 2 Apply first aid or Senior first aid.

Specific licensing requirements relating to this competency, including requirements for refresher training, should be obtained from the relevant state/territory Work Health and Safety Regulatory Authority.

Please call 0438 718 369 for further details or to discuss your requirements. No GST is charged on VET nationally recognised training.

Target audience:
Those who are required to provide an emergency first aid response in a workplace.

Award issued:
Students who successfully complete this nationally recognised training will be awarded the statement of attainment for:

  • HLTAID003  Provide first aid
  • HLTAID002  Provide Basic Emergency Life Support
  • HLTAID001  Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Course Duration:
Initial Course duration:

  • Mixed mode: Completion of pre-course study plus 8 hours practical training on-site.

Refresher Course duration:

  • Face to Face: 8 hours face to face training on-site.

Pre course study options:
There are a number of different options for completing the pre-course study:

  • Ebook
  • Online training

The pre course study includes a short self assessment knowledge quiz. You must take the completed paper with you to the training course.

What are the pre-requisites for this course?
There are no pre-requisites for this course

Course Requirements:
It is a requirement of this course that you are physically capable of performing uninterrupted CPR for at least 2 minutes on a CPR manikin placed on the floor.

Recertification Requirements:
It is recommended this unit be renewed every 3 years in line with industry standards.

What does the course include?

  • Email copy of your certificate when competent
  • Web based verification system to authenticate your award
  • A copy of Simply First Aid

Simply First Aid – 100 pages
A reference guide for first aid treatments

What are the LLN requirements for this course?
In order to meet competency for this unit, you will be required to meet the LLN requirements of the Training Package. You can find more information regarding our LLN support services here.

Do I need a USI before enrolling?
All participants must gain a Unique Student Identifier (USI) prior to enrolling in and attending their course. You can apply for your USI here. Please note that you will not receive a Statement of Attainment for your course until you have supplied your USI.

Where can this training be delivered?
The course requires training either at the workplace on-site, so students can develop skills consistent with the job environment, at a simulated workplace or in a classroom setting

What should I look for when choosing a training provider?
The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has developed a fact sheet to help you to be fully informed about your decision to enrol into a course. This information can be found by clicking here

A copy of the Student Agreement should be read before enrolling in this course.

What are my rights and responsibilties as a student?
The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) requires that students be aware of their rights and responsibilities once they have selected their training provider. Your rights and responsibilities can be found in our Student Agreement that should be read BEFORE enrolling into any of our courses.

All students will be required to show proof of identification at the commencement of the course.

What skills and knowledge will I get from this course?

Performance Evidence
The candidate must show evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the job role.

There must be evidence that the candidate has completed the following tasks in line with state/territory regulations, first aid codes of practice, Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) guidelines and workplace procedures:

Followed DRSABCD in line with ARC guidelines, including:

  • performed at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted single rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) (5 cycles of both compressions and ventilations) on an adult resuscitation manikin placed on the floor
  • performed at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted single rescuer CPR (5 cycles both compressions and ventilations) on an infant resuscitation manikin placed on a firm surface
  • responded appropriately in the event of regurgitation or vomiting
  • managed the unconscious breathing casualty
  • followed single rescue procedure, including the demonstration of a rotation of operators with minimal interruptions to compressions
  • followed the prompts of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Responded to at least two simulated first aid scenario contextualised to the candidate’s workplace/community setting, including:

  • conducted a visual and verbal assessment of the casualty
  • demonstrated safe manual handling techniques
  • post-incident debrief and evaluation
  • provided an accurate verbal or written report of the incident

Applied first aid procedures for the following:

  • allergic reaction
  • anaphylaxis
  • bleeding control
  • choking and airway obstruction
  • envenomation, using pressure immobilisation
  • fractures, sprains and strains, using arm slings, roller bandages or other appropriate immobilisation techniques
  • respiratory distress, including asthma
  • shock

Knowledge Evidence
The candidate must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the work role. This includes knowledge of:

State/territory regulations, first aid codes of practice and workplace procedures including:

  • ARC Guidelines relevant to the provision of CPR and first aid
  • safe work practices to minimise risks and potential hazards
  • infection control principles and procedures including use of standard precautions
  • requirements for currency of skill and knowledge

Legal, workplace and community considerations, including:

  • need for stress-management techniques and available support following an emergency situation
  • duty of care requirements
  • respectful behaviour towards a casualty
  • own skills and limitations
  • consent
  • privacy and confidentiality requirements
  • importance of debriefing

Considerations when providing basic emergency life support, including:

  • airway obstruction due to body position
  • appropriate duration and cessation of CPR
  • appropriate use of an AED
  • chain of survival
  • standard precautions

Principles and procedures for first aid management of the following scenarios:

  • allergic reactions
  • anaphylaxis
  • bleeding control
  • burns
  • cardiac conditions
  • choking and airway obstruction
  • cold and crush injuries
  • diabetes
  • dislocations
  • drowning
  • envenomation
  • environmental impact (including hypothermia, hyperthermia, dehydration and heat stroke)
  • epilepsy
  • eye and ear injuries
  • fractures
  • head, neck and spinal injuries
  • minor skin injuries
  • needle stick injuries
  • poisoning and toxic substances
  • respiratory distress, including asthma and other respiratory conditions
  • seizures
  • severe allergic and anaphylactic reactions
  • shock
  • soft tissue injuries
  • unconsciousness, abnormal breathing or not breathing

Basic anatomy and physiology relating to:

  • anatomy and physiology considerations in provision of first aid for specified conditions
  • absence of normal breathing
  • anatomy of the external chest
  • physiology relating to response/consciousness
  • upper airway anatomy and effect of positional change.

How will I be assessed for this course?
The following assessment tasks are required for this course:
50 multiple choice questions – knowledge assessment

Respond to these performance tasks:

  • Choking with airway obstruction
  • Unconscious breathing casualty
  • Bleeding and shock
  • Snake or funnel web spider bite
  • Sprains and fractures

Respond to these simulated emergency scenarios:

  • Perform CPR on an adult and an infant
  • Anaphylaxis (allergic reaction)
  • Breathing difficulties – Asthma

Please note: CPR must be demonstrated on the floor for 2 minutes

Where can I access a copy of the Training Package?
You can access a copy of the training package here

Is there any latex in the manikins?
Resuscitation manikins are latex free.

Do I need to complete a refresher or recertification for CPR?
HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Recertification recommended every year (12 months).
HLTAID003 Provide First Aid Recertification recommended every 3 years (36 months).

To qualify for a refresher course, you must bring a copy of your current certificate  to the training session. You will then be required to:

  • Complete the online or paper-based pre-course workbook and attend a 4 hour practical course.
  • Proof of currency must be submitted to qualify for this course.

If someone is having all symptoms of Asthma but is not prescribed a puffer are they allowed to be given a puffer (Ventolin)?
Yes, anyone can use an asthma puffer, you can purchase Ventolin over the counter with no prescription. Ventolin is a very safe drug for anyone to use and the puffer treatment that is given by the ambulance in these cases is 250 times stronger than the Ventolin puffer.

Emergency Medical Response delivers nationally recognised training in partnership with, and under the auspices of, Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909.