Most jobs in WA call for you to hold a first aid certificate. In Australia in March 2008 the new Health training package was released bringing all first aid competencies under one national training package. The nationally accredited training course is called HTFLA301C Apply First Aid. For those of you who may be confused this is the new name for what you may know as Senior First Aid or Workplace First Aid.
There are three different training options for completing your first aid certificate in Western Australia. These are as follows:
Apply First Aid Online
The first aid course is completed in two sections.
Part 1: First Aid Online training – This involves completing some underpinning knowledge based learning through computer assisted learning. Generally students need to complete the Apply First Aid Training Online workbook and print out the certificate to present at the practical training session. In many training schools this part of the course is free and depending upon your understanding and skill level more often than not takes between 2 and 5 hours to complete.
Part 2: First Aid hands-on class.
In Perth Apply First aid courses, Apply First Aid, usually run seven days a week and depending on the training institution run for either one or two days, however selected Perth first aid training centres offer an online training section and a 5 hour practical proficiency session.
The second option for Perth first aid qualification attainment is the Apply First Aid Refresher. Available only to personnel who have a current Apply first Aid qualification this alternative involves a three hour assessment only practical Please note persons enrolling in the First Aid refresher classes will need to bring in a copy of their current certificate for validation purposes.
The Apply First Aid refresher for nurses and paramedic staff is the third training option
This first aid training course is only available to currently licensed and practicing nurses and critical care workers including aged care nurses, theatre nurses, registered nurses, enrolled nurses and paramedics. This option is not available at all Perth First Aid training centres so you will need to look around to find a Perth first aid training company that offers this course option.
All three Perth First aid training options include three units of competency and upon completion the accreditation is current for 3 years with the CPR module of the course being current for 12 months, so you will have to remember that your reaccreditation is due annually.
The Apply First Aid HLTFA301C (Previously known as Senior First Aid) units of competency from the Health Training Package (HLT 07): are:
Apply First Aid (Level 2 – also known as Senior First Aid): HLTFA301B
Perform CPR: HLTCPR201A
Provide Basic Emergency Life Support (Level 1): HLTFA201A
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