Provide First Aid

Provide First Aid

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Provide First Aid – Sydney Course

This one day course delivers basic instruction in the assessment and application of first aid for casualties, the initial response to an emergency, injury or illness.
This is not a replacement for professional medical care but is ideal for business Work Health and Safety (WHS) compliance, when undertaken by an employee or manager.

HLTAID003 Provide First Aid unit is undertaken at the same time as:

  • HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • HLTAID002 Provide Basic Emergency Life Support

Macquarie Community College also operates from a range of venues across North and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Carlingford, Chatswood, Mt Druitt, Richmond and many more.

Course Outline

In this course, you will learn:

  • identify emergencies
  • identify dangers to self, others and the casualties
  • gain assistance from others and casualty consent
  • assess first aid management required
  • seek assistance from emergency response services
  • perform cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) according to Australian Resuscitation (ARC) guidelines
  • operate first aid equipment, including an automated external defibrillator (AED)
  • apply first aid principles
  • manage allergic reactions
  • mange and use different types of adrenaline auto injectors for anaphylaxis
  • monitor the casualty’s condition
  • communicate with emergency services and authorities the details of the casualty’s injuries and incident

Course Outcome

Throughout this course you will gain skills, knowledge and confidence in responding and how to manage the following types of situations:

  • allergic reactions
  • anaphylaxis
  • bleeding
  • seizures and convulsions
  • drowning
  • wound care
  • burn and scald care
  • cardiac emergencies and conditions
  • stroke
  • diabetic emergencies
  • choking emergencies
  • asthmatic emergencies
  • fractures, sprains and strains
  • bites and stings
  • head and neck injuries
  • spinal injuries
  • shock
  • abdominal injuries
  • positioning of unconscious casualty

You will also learn how to confidently perform cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) that may be required in any of the above situations, use an automated external defibrillator (AED) and accurately handover vital details of the incident to emergency response personnel.

What to Bring

All course material is provided and inclusive with course fees. Please bring along:

  • your completed first aid pre-course workbook
  • a notebook and pen
  • photo ID e.g. drivers licence, student card, or photo ID card
  • wear comfortable, suitable clothing
  • you are also encouraged to bring a towel or work out mat as you will be performing CPR on the floor

Prerequisite: Essential

Although there are no prerequisites for undertaking this course, please note that all pre-course homework must be completed prior to attending.

Please contact the college to collect your pre-course homework at least 5 working days prior to course start date.

Fees and Government Subsidy Opportunities

Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. It’s helping people in NSW get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers.

Smart and Skilled provides eligible students with:

  • An entitlement to government-subsidised training up to and including Certificate III.
  • Government funding for higher-level courses (Certificate IV and above) in targeted priority areas.

If you’re a prospective student, please visit: where you will find everything you need to know about the Adult Community Education program before you enrol.

This training may be subsidised by the NSW Government, and as a result your fee is determined through Training Services NSW formal eligibility criteria. This criteria will determine your exact fee. Students who meet additional specified criteria, may be eligible for a concession fee or a fee exemption. In claiming the concession or exemption students will be required to supply the required evidence to support the claim in accord with the requirements of Smart and Skilled eligibility.

Students who are eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and/or credit transfer from previous study will have their fee adjusted to reflect this. The amended fee will be confirmed by Training Services NSW and will be reflected in the adjusted Student Fee Statement.

Payment Plans are available through Macquarie Community College for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications. 10% deposit OR $40 (whichever is greater) required upon enrolment followed by Interest-free payment plan. Payment methods: EFTPOS, Direct Deposit, Direct Debit, Visa or MasterCard.

Study Load

This is a one-day course with face-to-face instruction for approximately 8 hours. There is also approximately 8 hours of pre-course work in reading your first aid workbook and answering the questions before the course.

PLEASE NOTE: Current industry standards state this course must be updated every 3 years with the CPR component updated every 12 months.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is defined in the AQF as follows:

  • Recognition of prior learning is an assessment process that involves assessment of an individual’s relevant prior learning (including formal, informal and non-formal learning) to determine the credit outcomes of an individual application for credit.

This is underpinned by the AQF definition of credit as follows:

  • Credit is the value assigned for the recognition of equivalence in content and learning outcomes between different types of learning and/or qualifications.
  • Credit reduces the amount of learning required to achieve a qualification and may be through credit transfer, articulation, recognition of prior learning or advanced standing.

For further information visit:
If you would like to apply for RPL, please contact us for an RPL kit.

Unit Components

  • HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • HLTAID002 Provide Basic Emergency Life Support
  • HLTAID003 Provide First Aid

How You Will Be Assessed

Assessment (including recognition of prior learning) must:

  • Meet the requirements of the relevant training package or accredited course, and
  • Be conducted in accordance with the principles of assessment and the rules of evidence, and
  • Meet workplace and, where relevant, regulatory requirements.

For this course assessment will entail the following:

  • Written and Verbal Questioning
  • Practical demonstrations and role-plays
  • Case Studies
  • Pre-course assessment

What Can I Study Next?

At the completion of this, you can also study:

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

Delivery Mode

This course is classroom based. Engaging trainers will take you through the course material face to face.

PLEASE NOTE: A requirement for the assessment of CPR is that it must be performed on the floor.

Career Pathways

HLTAID003 Provide first aid is the minimum requirement when working in child care.

Logistical Information

Macquarie Community College also operates from a range of venues across North and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Carlingford, Chatswood, Mt Druitt, Richmond and many more.
Other areas of delivery assessed on request.
Workplace based training delivered in your workplace.