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Changes to first aid units in 2021

First Aid Training

Changes to first aid units in 2021

On 1 April 2021 we will be updating some of our first aid courses in line with changes by the national regulator for Australia’s training organisations to a number of first aid units and course codes.

These updates to the units of competency have been made to reflect industry best practice, expectations and current regulations. See below for a list of complete changes.

While this is mostly relevant for students who need to complete a particular set of units for their workplace, it’s handy to be aware of the changes.

Remember, if you have any questions at all on course contents, requirements, or want to know which course is right for you, our Training team are on hand and happy to answer any queries. Just call 1300 ST JOHN or email training@stjohnnt.asn.au

List of changes:

New course units:

  • HLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (formerly HLTAID001)
  • HLTAID010 Provide basic emergency life support (formerly HLTAID002)
  • HLTAID011 Provide First Aid (formerly HLTAID003)
  • *HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting (formerly HLTAID004) offered on request

* St John Ambulance NT will still be offering HLTAID004 until 15 Oct 2021 or until CHC30113 Certificate III in early Childhood Education and Care is updated with the new unit, whichever comes first.

Here’s what you need to know if you’ve already completed your course in prior to this date:

  • HLTAID001: Will remain recognised and valid for 12 months from the date of your course
  • HLTAID002: Will remain recognised and valid for 3 years from the date of your course
  • HLTAID003: Will remain recognised and valid for 3 years from the date of your course
  • HLTAID004: Will remain recognised and valid for 3 years from the date of your course
FAQs:

Every year the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) look at the results of first aid training and decide on whether changes need to be made to improve course delivery and student outcomes.

In 2020, ASQA announced new recommendations to a number of course units. These changes relate to the delivery and assessment of first aid training; ensuring students are not only competent in skills but also in the application when to use the skills in first situations.

No. Recognition of the superseded course names and units will remain. The validity of your qualification will remain fully recognised for its full, intended duration, (until it expires or you are required to take a refresher).

St John Ambulance NT will start running courses with the new units in April 2021.

No. All first aid certificates will remain fully recognised for its full, intended duration, (until it expires or you are required to take a refresher). 12 months for Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and 36 months or 3 years for Provide First Aid.

This just means that you will need to complete the new units if you intend on doing the Advanced First Aid, Advanced Resuscitation or Occupational First Aid courses in the future. Speak to our Training team if you have any concerns on 1300 ST JOHN or training@stjohnnt.asn.au

The content has not changed. The changes only relate to the delivery and assessment of the courses.

If you regularly renew your CPR and first aid skills, the assessment only courses are suitable for you. If you are training for the first time or it’s been a long time since you’ve completed your first aid training you should do the longer version of the course.

All Training courses are delivered in partnership with St John Ambulance Australia RTO 88041

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