Course Overview


HLTAID003 – Provide first aid


Up to 8 hours of pre-course reading and Assessment (Self-directed learning), plus 8 hours face to face training in a classroom environment.

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Face to Face in training centres, campus or in workplace with Self-paced reading

This course provides the skills and knowledge required to administer first aid, basic life support in an emergency and CPR. This course is trained in line with Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) Guidelines

Course Content:

This unit of competency covers describes the skills, knowledge and techniques required to provide a first aid response to a casualty in a range of situations. Students will be trained and assessed on the following criteria.

Performance Criteria:

  1. Respond to an emergency situation

1.1 Recognise an emergency situation

1.2 Identify, assess and manage immediate hazards to health and safety of self and others

1.3 Assess the casualty and recognise the need for first aid response

1.4 Assess the situation and seek assistance from emergency response services

  1. Apply appropriate first aid procedures

2.1 Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in accordance with Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) guidelines

2.2 Provide first aid in accordance with established first aid principles

2.3 Display respectful behaviour towards casualty

2.4 Obtain consent from casualty where possible

2.5 Use available resources and equipment to make the casualty as comfortable as possible

2.6 Operate first aid equipment according to manufacturer’s instructions

2.7 Monitor the casualty’s condition and respond in accordance with first aid principles

  1. Communicate details of the incident

3.1 Accurately convey incident details to emergency response services

3.2 Report details of incident to workplace supervisor as appropriate

3.3 Maintain confidentiality of records and information in line with statutory and/or organisational policies

  1. Evaluate the incident and own performance

4.1 Recognise the possible psychological impacts on self and other rescuers involved in critical incidents

4.2 Participate in debriefing to address individual needs

During the assessment process, the Student will be required to show evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the job role.

Student will also be required to show  the evidence that the student has completed the following tasks in line with state/territory regulations, first aid codes of practice, Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) guidelines and workplace procedures:

Followed DRSABCD in line with ARC guidelines, including:

  • 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
  • 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
  • responded appropriately in the event of regurgitation or vomiting
  • managed the unconscious breathing casualty
  • followed single rescue procedure, including the demonstration of a rotation of operators with minimal interruptions to compressions
  • followed the prompts of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Responded to at least two simulated first aid scenarios contextualised to the Student’s workplace/community setting, including:

  • conducted a visual and verbal assessment of the casualty
  • demonstrated safe manual handling techniques
  • post-incident debrief and evaluation
  • provided an accurate verbal or written report of the incident

Applied first aid procedures for the following:

  • allergic reaction
  • anaphylaxis
  • bleeding control
  • choking and airway obstruction
  • envenomation, using pressure immobilisation
  • fractures, sprains and strains, using arm slings, roller bandages or other appropriate immobilisation techniques
  • respiratory distress, including asthma
  • shock


The student will also be trained and assessed on the following:

Knowledge Evidence

The Student must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the work role. This includes knowledge of:


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

  • 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:

  • 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
  • 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
  • chain of survival
  • standard precautions
  • how to conduct a visual and verbal assessment of the casualty
  • principles and procedures for first aid management of the following scenarios:
  • abdominal injuries
  • allergic reaction
  • anaphylaxis
  • basic care of a wound
  • bleeding control
  • burns
  • cardiac conditions, including chest pain
  • choking and airway obstruction
  • crush injuries
  • diabetes
  • dislocations
  • drowning
  • envenomation
  • environmental impact, including hypothermia, hyperthermia, dehydration and heat stroke
  • eye and ear injuries
  • fractures
  • febrile convulsions
  • head, neck and spinal injuries
  • minor skin injuries
  • needle stick injuries
  • poisoning and toxic substances
  • respiratory distress, including asthma
  • seizures, including epilepsy
  • shock
  • soft tissue injuries, including strains and, sprains
  • stroke
  • unconsciousness
  • basic anatomy and physiology relating to:
  • how to recognise a person is not breathing normally
  • chest
  • response/consciousness
  • upper airway and effect of positional change
  • considerations in provision of first aid for specified conditions
    • Legal and other requirements
    • Basic Life Support (DRSABCD)
    • CPR and AED
    • Abdominal injuries
    • Allergic reaction
    • Anaphylaxis
    • Bleeding and wound care
    • Burns and scalds
    • Cardiac conditions
    • Choking and airway obstruction
    • Crush injuries
    • Diabetes
    • Drowning
    • Envenomation
    • Extremes of heat and cold
    • Eye and ear injuries
    • Head, neck and spinal injuries
    • Musculoskeletal injuries: fractures and dislocations, strains and sprains
    • Poisoning and toxic substances
    • Respiratory distress, including asthma
    • Seizures/Convulsions
    • Shock management
    • Stroke

This unit 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 /regulatory requirements relating to this competency, including requirements for refresher training should be obtained from the relevant national/state/territory Work Health and Safety Regulatory Authorities.

This program is for:

  • Domestic Students with existing first aid experience or
  • Domestic students who are new to first aid

There are no specific entry requirements are for this course.

However, Community Education of Australia (CEA) has got its own admission requirements:

  • All students must be of the age 18 years or over at the time of the scheduled course commencement and must have good command of English language.
  • Students will be required to provide their Unique Student Identifier number prior to the commencement of the course ( to register).
  • Students will be required to show a photo id on the day of course commencement.
  • Students must have the necessary health and fitness to carry out the assessment requirements which are to; Complete continuous 2 minutes of CPR on an adult manikin kneeling on the floor and 2 minutes of continuous CPR on an infant manikin. (Some Students may find the physical aspects of this training strenuous and will be asked to discuss any injuries or physical limitations, with the RTO staff prior to enrolment).
  • Students MUST complete pre-course reading (Self-directed learning), provided at the time of enrolment prior to attendance of the classroom phase of the course. (This is a mandatory requirement).
  • Students are required to wear comfortable and loose fitting attire including; enclosed flat shoes, slacks and loose fitting shirt/t-shirt for both males and females.

Assessment of this unit incorporates a combination of theory and practical assessment tasks through group discussions, role plays and self-paced reading to ensure practice the most out of it. Practical assessment is conducted by participating in a simulated environment.

If students are unable to achieve competency, additional support is provided through mentoring and access to re-assessment as outlined in our policies and procedures. Assessment requires achievement across all tasks to demonstrate competence and may include:

  • Practical assessment Tasks:
  • Theory Tasks (Written questions)

Theory Tasks (Written questions): The student will answer a series of written question i.e. multiple choice questions and descriptive questions. and will demonstrate the knowledge for the unit of competency.

Practical assessment: The student will participate in role play and demonstrate skills and knowledge as per instructions provide in the assessment tasks.  The student will also submit the required documents as a part of practical tasks according to instructions.