The unit of competency HLTAID003 Provide first aid describes the skills and knowledge required to provide first aid response, life support, management of casualty(s), the incident and other first aiders, until the arrival of medical or other assistance. It applies to all workers who may be required to provide a first aid response in a range of situations, including community and workplace settings.
2 days in the classroom OR
1 day practical in the classroom with prior online learning
There are no pre-requisites.
On successful completion, participants will receive a nationally recognised statement of attainment in HLTAID003 Provide first aid, valid for three (3) years from the completion date. The Code of Practice and Australian Resuscitation Council recommends that cardiopulmonary resuscitation skills are refreshed annually.
Pre-Course Online Learning
Pre-course learning material for the course is available online. Participants must have access to a computer, phone, tablet etc with access to the internet to complete the pre-course online learning.
Only participants who have successfully completed the pre-course learning and have their certificate of completion will be admitted into the face to face training session.
Students must have the physical ability to provide resuscitation by kneeling on the floor and performing two (2) minutes of uninterrupted CPR on an adult and infant manikin.
Students under the age of 18 years will be required to provide a signed parental consent form prior to attending the course. This form can be accessed by clicking here.
Learner Support and Reasonable Adjustment
If you have a learning difficulty or any special needs or support requirements please contact us prior to enrolment. This may include but not limited to language, literacy and numeracy skills or disabilities. It’s important to note that there is a physical requirement to complete 2 minutes of uninterrupted CPR on the floor with a manikin.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Recognition of prior learning is available to those who can provide other evidence that they can demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and experience described by the unit. There is a currency requirement to be able to demonstrate skills such as CPR.
Unique Student Identifier (USI)
Every student requires a Unique Student Identifier (USI) to obtain a certificate or qualification from their registered training organisation when studying a nationally recognised training course in Australia.
A USI gives you access to an online account which keeps all your training records together, even if you move locations, change training organisations or undertake studies at different times in your life. For more information ask your training organisation or visit www.usi.gov.au.
Choosing a Training or Education Provider
The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has developed a fact sheet to allow you to be fully informed about your decision to enroll in a course of study. We recommend reading this information prior to enrolling. It is available by clicking here.
ASSESSMENT – THEORY – Multiple choice question paper
You will be assessed on:
State/Territory regulations, first aid codes of practice and workplace procedures:
ARC Guidelines relevant to the provision of CPR
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:
Awareness of potential 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
Privacy and confidentiality requirements
Importance of debriefing
Considerations when providing CPR:
Airway obstruction due to body position
Appropriate duration and cessation of CPR
Appropriate use of an AED
Chain of survival
How to conduct a visual and verbal assessment of the casualty
Principles and procedures for first aid management of the following scenarios:
Basic care of the wound
Cardiac conditions, including chest pain
Choking and airway obstruction
Environment impact, including hypothermia, hyperthermia, dehydrations and heat stroke
Eye and ear injuries
Head, neck and spinal injuries
Minor skin injuries
Needle stick injuries
Poisoning and toxic substances
Respiratory distress, including asthma
Seizures, including epilepsy
Soft tissue injuries, including strains and sprains
Basic anatomy and physiology relations to:
How to recognise a person is not breathing
Upper airway and effect of positional change
Considerations in provision of first aid for specified conditions
ASSESSMENT PRACTICAL – Practical tasks and scenario demonstrations
The simulated assessment environments will 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 by the student working individually in an environment that provides realistic in-depth, industry-validated scenarios and simulations to assess students’ skills and knowledge.
The assessable practical skills are listed below.
You will be assessed on performing first aid scenario and task demonstrations for:
DRSABCD & recovery position
Infant CPR & Adult CPR & defibrillation
Anaphylaxis & autoinjector
Asthma & medication
Bleeding, shock, head injuries, fractures
Envenomation – pressure immobilisation technique for a snake bite
The following learning resources are provided to participants in this course.
Online ‘Fun with First Aid’ Flipbook
Adult and infant resuscitation manikins
AED training device
Adrenaline autoinjector training device
Placebo bronchodilator and spacer device
Roller and triangular bandages
Workplace first aid kit
Workplace injury, trauma and/or illness record, and/or other appropriate workplace incident report form