First Aid training courses are available from registered training organisations (RTOs) in Australia, such as First Aid Pro.
The number of training hours required for each unit of competency and program is available for health and safety personnel, non-emergency professionals, and the general public. Some courses lead to credits for continuing professional development (CPD) or work eligibility requirements.
Anyone can enrol in a First Aid course that prepares you to deal with common injuries such as cuts, burns, head, neck, and spine injuries. There are also courses specifically for emergency responders, mental health first aiders, white card construction workers, and responding to emergencies that occur in remote locations and the wilderness.
Upon completing most training programs, participants will earn first aid certification valid for two to three years. Recertification and renewal usually involve retaking the course, and participants must comply with the requirements.
Topics covered in most First Aid training courses include:
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
- Use of AED (automated external defibrillator)
- Emergency response strategies
- Communication and proper workflow
- Preventative care, and a lot more.
Here’s a guide to the different types of First Aid Training Courses to help you choose which course is the best for you.
Wilderness First Aid
This course is also known as HLTAID013 or Provide first aid in remote or isolated site. This is created to cater to individuals who work or spend a good deal of time in remote environments. Students will learn first responder techniques in the wilderness to treat problems like hypothermia, anaphylactic shock, and altitude-related illnesses. Learn how to treat burns, as well as wound infection treatments and first aid for spinal injuries, which are the most common when you are working in a remote location.
General First Aid
This course is called HLTAID011 or Provide First Aid, previously known as Senior First Aid course, HLAID003 or Level 2 workplace first aid. This is the recommended course for the general public as it all applies to all workers who may be required to provide a first response in an emergency, be it in a community or workplace setting. It will provide you with an understanding of handling an injured or sick casualty, basic life support (BLS), use of AED, and more.
Child Care First Aid
HLTAID012, or Provide First Aid in an education and care setting, is suitable for educators, support staff, long daycare, family daycare, and outside of school hours (OOSH) workers required to respond to children’s First Aid and CPR emergencies.
Mental Health First Aid
Accredited by Mental Health First Aid Australia (MHFA), this course will teach students how to recognise and respond to symptoms of mental health problems. This course is ideal for people who manage staff members and people working in government, social services, and health-related fields.
White Card First Aid
CPCCWHS1001, or Prepare to Work Safely in the Construction Industry, is a legal requirement for people who intend to work in the construction industry in Australia. This course focuses on specialised workplace health and safety training and a general introduction to construction hazards and risk control measures. This is recommended for people working in the construction, mining, alteration, conversion, fitting-out, commissioning, renovation, repair, maintenance, refurbishment, demolition, decommissioning, and/or dismantling of structures.
As an RTO, First Aid Pro is accredited to provide the following training. If you need to refresh your first aid knowledge or want to become first aid certified? Talk to us now.