What are the standards on the market?To start, it’s worth briefly looking at what different types of First Aid training there are. For most first aid training, the standard is set by the government – specifically, by the National Register on Vocational Education and Training in Australia. It defines a range of official, government-approved first aid training modules suitable for various professional contexts. Australian RTOs that provide first aid training almost always follow these standards – meaning a consistent standard of first aid training across Australia. Some of the most well-known training modules for first aid are:
- HLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) – This course covers the basics of resuscitation and CPR (on both an adult and an infant), as well as things like correct use of an automated defibrillator (AED).
- HLTAID010 Provide basic emergency life support (BELS) – This course includes the content of HLTAID009 but also trains participants to recognise and respond to common issues like Asthma, Anaphylaxis, choking and shock.
- HLTAID011 Provide First Aid – This is the standard for many work contexts, providing basic training for responding to a wide variety of common medical incidents and emergencies.
- HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting – This course is custom-built for those in an education and care setting. It includes all the content of the HLTAID009, HLTAID010 and HLTAID011 modules, and also adds additional training for educators and teachers – including CPR specifically on a child, more comprehensive Asthma & Anaphylaxis training, and supporting administration tasks such as risk assessments and incident reporting.
- HLTAID014 Provide Advanced First Aid – This is one of the most comprehensive first aid courses on the market. It covers far more than is generally required for a corporate first aid officer. Taking place over multiple days, it covers the whole course content of HLTAID009, HLTAID010 and HLTAID011, and significant amounts of other content – including bites, ear and eye injuries, poisoning, seizures, diabetes, crushing injuries, sprains, hypothermia and more.