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Award issued

·        HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting

·        HLTAID003 Provide first aid

·        HLTAID002 Provide basic emergency life support

·        HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation

It is recommended this unit be renewed every 36 months in line with industry standards. Locate the most current training package at 

Our obligation to you

We are required to provide clear evidence to enable you to decide if this course is suitable for you. This course teaches the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to infants, children and adults in line with the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) Guidelines. This course is developed for to 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.

Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909 is responsible for the quality of the training and assessment and will be issuing the statement of attainment for this unit even if the training is provided by an authorised third party such as Cardiac Safe Pty Ltd.

Are there physical requirements for this course?

It is important to note that there are physical standards which relate to the level of performance required when undertaking accredited training. The HLTAID competency standards require a level of physical ability to provide resuscitation and respond to an emergency situation where there may be risk to life. One requirement of the training package is that you are to be assessed as physically capable of performing uninterrupted CPR for at least 2 minutes on an adult/child resuscitation manikin placed on the floor. There can be no exceptions to these Australian Government requirements that are clearly written into the Training Package. Therefore, students who are unable to satisfy the physical requirements of the course cannot be deemed competent or issued with a statement of attainment, even if the qualification is a necessary part of their employment conditions.

Resources that will be available for this course  

·        AED training device

·        Different types of training adrenalin autoinjector training deceives (e.g. EpiPen®)

·        Placebo bronchodilators and a spacer devices

·        Workplace first aid kit and injury, trauma/illness records



Initial training and modes of delivery

This group of students would have no prior or recent knowledge or skills.

Student can either complete pre-course study referred to as unsupervised learning and then attend a trainer led face to face course or attend a longer period of face to face training.

Where the student cohort consists of new entrants or inexperienced workers, we ensure that we give them the opportunity to fully absorb the required knowledge, and to develop skills over time in the different contexts they would experience in the workplace. This may require a longer time-frame than for those students with significant industry experience.

Returning student – Refresher training

It’s important to identify those students who are confident and are returning for recertification. It’s about recognising their pre-existing knowledge and skills. Therefore, upon enrolment, a refresher student can supply evidence of previous certification and therefore will be given the option of completing optional unsupervised pre-course study to refresh their knowledge and the complete a face to face training session with a trainer.

Recertification/refresher training is a competency confirmation event that includes training, the purpose of which is to compensate for or prevent deterioration in a previously achieved standard of performance.

A shorter course may be appropriate if, for example, the student cohort comprises experienced workers who already have most of the required skills/knowledge. Because these students have previous relevant experience, it may be appropriate to deliver/assess the program over a shorter period.

Pre-course study options

If there is pre-course study for the course, it is found in the student portal. Students must have access to a computer, phone, tablet etc. with access to the internet to complete the pre-course study online.

What does competency-based training actually mean? 

A competency-based training environment is centered on demonstrated competence against industry-defined standards of performance. Competency-based training is the concept that individuals learn at different rates as well as through different modes and different environments and that the skills and knowledge that a student has acquired previously are able to be formally recognised.

Amount of training and the AQF volume of learning

The AQF Volume of Learning describes how long a student, who does not hold any competencies identified in the qualification, would normally take to develop all of the required skills and knowledge at that qualification level.

The amount of training comprises the formal learning activities that are provided to a student to enable them to meet the requirements of each training product and gain the skills and knowledge specified in the relevant training product.

A shorter course may be appropriate if, for example, the student cohort comprises experienced workers who already have most of the required skills/knowledge. Because these students have previous relevant experience, it may be appropriate to deliver/assess the program over a shorter period.


Exceptions for duration of the course

Course durations are reflective of group sizes of between 4 and 15 students. If there are less students in a group, you may find course duration reduced by a maximum of 10%. If a class size exceeds 15 students, it may therefore also be necessary to increase course duration depending on the number of students.

Recognition or any prior learning or previous courses 

Upon enrolment, you are given the opportunity to upload your previous certificate and based on that evidence, the course can be modified based on your previous knowledge. There is a currency requirement to be able to demonstrate skills such as CPR.

We need to identify any support you require to complete this course 

Upon enrolment, we will give you an opportunity to provide information on your language, literacy and numeracy skills to complete this course. There is also the opportunity to provide details and communicate any special needs or support requirements you may have.  Assistance can be sought from our student support officer at Allens Training Pty Ltd by phoning 1300 559 064.

We provide equitable access to all required educational and support services, so that no student is disadvantaged to be able to enroll into this course regardless of their mode of study or location. Students can arrange to meet with their trainer on a one-to-one basis for additional support, plus email and phone contact.

It’s important to note that there is a physical requirement to complete 2 minutes of CPR on the floor with an adult/child manikin.

Unique Student Identifier (USI)      

Completing any vocational education course in Australia, it is a requirement for you to obtain and supply a USI. This is obtainable from If a USI is not supplied and verified with a certificate cannot be issued to you.

If you are under 18 years of age

It is a requirement that parental/guardian consent is obtained for students under the age of 18 to be able to participate in a course.  The form for this can be found here.

Funding and work placement arrangements       

There is no funding or work placements associated with this course.

Foundation skills required

Foundation skills are the underpinning communication skills required for participation in the workplace, the community and in adult education and training.

·        Learning – to learn to provide first aid response in an emergency.

·        Reading – to administer medication for anaphylaxis or asthma.

·        Writing – to complete documentation such as reports/risk assessments.

·        Oral communication – to call the ambulance and provide a handover.

·        Numeracy – to count the number of compressions and breaths.


Reasonable adjustment explained

Reasonable adjustment refers to flexibility in assessment approaches to account for individual learning needs, while still adhering to the assessment requirements of the relevant training package or VET accredited course. Whilst reasonable adjustments can be made in terms of the way in which evidence of performance is gathered, the evidence criteria for making competent/not yet competent decisions should not be altered in any way.

If a student meets essential entry requirements, the RTO must endeavour to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ necessary for them to complete their course work or demonstrate competency. This may include adjusting the physical environment, student learning materials or the manner that a theory test is completed. In most situations, a student with a disability will be able to tell the RTO what he or she needs to be able to study. If necessary, the RTO should also seek advice from disability areas within government departments or organisations that represent or provide services to people with a disability.

Adjustments may include:

·        Modifying educational premises. For example, making ramps, modifying toilets and ensuring that classes are in rooms accessible to the person with a disability.

·        Modifying or providing equipment. For example, lowering lab benches, enlarging computer screens, providing specific computer software or an audio loop system.

·        Changing assessment procedures. For example, allowing for alternative examination methods such as oral exams, or allowing additional time for someone else to write an exam for a person with a disability.

·        Changing course delivery. For example, providing study notes or research materials in different formats or providing a sign language interpreter for a person who is hearing impaired.

Please note that in some Training Packages, first aid and CPR training for example, there are mandatory skills that cannot be modified as a reasonable adjustment. The student is required to complete 2 minutes of adult CPR on a resuscitation manikin on the floor. There is no room for reasonable adjustment as it is stated as what is required in the Training Package.


ASSESSMENT – THEORY - Multi choice question paper

You will be assessed on:

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

·        ARC guidelines for provision of CPR and first aid to infants, children and adults

·        Guidelines from Australian national peak clinical bodies

·        Safe work practices to minimise the risk and potential hazards

·        First aid requirements for services under the Education and Care Services National Law

·        Infection control principles and procedures, including use of standard precautions

·        Requirements for currency of skill and knowledge

Legal, workplace and community considerations, including:

·        Awareness of potential need for stress-management techniques and available support following and emergency situation, including the psychological impact on children

·        Duty of care requirements

·        Respectful behavior towards a casualty

·        Own skills and limitations

·        Consent, including situations in which parental/caregiver consent is required

·        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 old

·        Specific considerations when using an AED on children aged between 1 and 8 years, including identification of AED with pediatric capability, pediatric voltage and use of pediatric pads

·        Chain of survival

·        Standard precautions

·        How to conduct a visual and verbal assessment of the casualty

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

·        Abdominal injuriesAllergic reactions

·        Anaphylaxis, including signs, symptoms and triggers and using different types of adrenaline auto injectors

·        Asthma, including signs, symptoms and triggers and using different types of bronchodilators

·        Basic care of a wound

·        Bleeding control

·        Burns

·        Cardiac conditions, including chest pains

·        Choking and airway obstructions

·        Crush injuries

·        Diabetes

·        Dislocations

·        Drowning

·        Envenomation

·        Environment impact, including hypothermia, hyperthermia, dehydration and heat stroke

·        Eye and ear injuries

·        Febrile convulsions

·        Fractures

·        Head, neck and spinal injuries

·        Minor skin injuries

·        Needle stick injuries

·        Poisoning and toxic substances

·        Respiratory distress

·        Seizures, including epilepsy

·        Shock

·        Soft tissue injuries, including sprains and strains

·        Stroke

·        Unconsciousness

Basic anatomy and physiology relating to:

·        How to recognise a person is not breathing normally

·        Chest

·        Infant respiratory systems and implications for provision of CPR

·        Basic anatomical differences between adults and children, and the implications for provision of first aid

·        Normal clinical values for children

·        Response/consciousness

·        Upper airway and effect of positional change



Practical demonstrations

Simulated assessment environments must reflect the real-life working environment where these skills and knowledge would be performed, with all the relevant equipment and resources of that working environment.

Skills must be demonstrated working individually in an environment that provides realistic in-depth, industry-validated scenarios and simulations to assess students’ skills and knowledge.

It’s important that students have knowledge of the content of this course. The assessable practical tasks are listed below, showing what skills will be assessed.

You will be assessed on your demonstrations of:

Adult CPR: Responded to a first aid scenario and 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;

Child CPR:  Responded to a first aid scenario and performed at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted single rescuer CPR (5 cycles both compressions and ventilations) on an child resuscitation manikin placed on a firm surface

Infant CPR: Responded to a first aid scenario and 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;

Defibrillation: Followed the prompts of an automated external defibrillator (AED)


·        Manage Infection control requirements

·        Demonstrated safe manual handling techniques and

·        Provide a verbal report of the incident

·        Respond to a number of first aid incidents


Student written agreement

If you are completing this course, please download the student agreement to ensure that you are aware of your rights and obligations.  You can access the student written agreement by clicking here.

Course requirements          

There are no prerequisite, entry, work-placement, licensing or certification requirements for this course.

Course locations and contact details for your course   

The course can be located at and the partners contact details are also located in their booking portal.

We engage with industry experts  

As part of ongoing improvement activities and industry consultations, Allens Training Pty Ltd consult with industry experts to ensure best practice occurs in resources and realistic assessment tools.

Training considerations from the trainer and assessor

The RTO’s training and assessment strategies and practices, including the amount of training they provide, are consistent with the requirements of training packages courses and enable each student to meet the requirements for each unit of competency or module in which they are enrolled.

RTO responsibilities           

The RTO is required to:

·        Have qualified trainers and assessors to deliver the training and assessment.

·        Educational and support services to meet the needs of the student cohort/s undertaking the training and assessment.

·        Learning resources to enable students to meet the requirements for each unit of competency.

·        Facilities, whether physical or virtual, and equipment to accommodate and support the number of students undertaking the training and assessment.

Monitoring and improvement        

Continuous improvement will occur through ongoing industry consultation, feedback from students, and feedback from clients.  Feedback for this training program is collected through:

·        Every student is given the opportunity for post course survey and these survey results are available for both the trainer and RTO to view.

·        Feedback is collected, analysed and actioned. Identified actions are documented.

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