HLTAID003 Provide First Aid

Course delivered under auspice agreement with Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO# 90909

Course Description

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.
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.


Course Content

Each course is specifically tailored and orientated to the job requirements of the participants. Developed encompassing the requirements of the Regulations, Codes of Practice and National Standards applicable. The HLTAID003 Provide First Aid Course is orientated around different workplace injuries and medical conditions.

Topics include

Topics covered include:


    •    ARC Guidelines relevant to 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 first aid including:
    •    airway obstruction  due to body position
    •    appropriate duration and cessation of CPR
    •    appropriate use of an AED
    •    standard precautions and infection control
    •    principles and procedures for first aid management of the following scenarios:
    •    abdominal injuries
    •    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:
    •    absence of normal breathing
    •    anatomy of the external chest
    •    physiology relating to response/consciousness
    •    upper airway anatomy and effect of positional change
    •    anatomy and physiology considerations in provision of first aid for specified conditions



Course Duration

Initial Course Duration

In January 2016, WorkCover NSW accepted an 'enforceable undertaking' under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act). This required a company to train its staff in First Aid via the following delivery methods:

A copy of the enforceable undertaking can be found on the WorkCover NSW website.

Mixed Mode: Completion of pre-course study plus 5.5 hours practical training
Face to Face: Minimum of 8 hours face to face training

Refresher Course Duration

Mixed Mode: Completion pre-course study and practical training
Face to Face:  8 hours face to face training


Delivery mode

Training is delivered face to face including both theory and practical components, with a strong emphasis on the practical application of skills.

Pre Course Study Options

There are a few different options for completing your pre-course study.
We recommend our First Aid News Video as it is the most convenient option.
Other options include
    •    Ebook
    •    Online training
    •    Hard copy coloured workbook

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


Award and Recognition

Successful Participants will be awarded the units of competency as listed below.

HLTAID003 Provide first aid
HLTAID002 Provide basic emergency life support
HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation


Knowledge Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.


Fitness 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.


Literacy, Language and Numeracy Requirements

The course is conducted in English. Participants are expected to be able to read and write to a level which will allow them to complete workplace forms and interpret these forms. Numeracy is required to a level where the participant can answer basic arithmatic at primary school level.


Clothing and Equipment

Comfortable clothing should be worn. Participants will be required to kneel and work at floor level.

For more information please contact EMS on 1300 133 302 or visit us at ems.edu.au


Terms and Conditions

Please find terms and conditions associated with this course here