First Aid Courses

First Aid Course Options

DURATION: Block courses
START DATE: Multiple intakes per year
LOCATION: West Coast, New Zealand

OPTION 1: Comprehensive First Aid (CFA)

This course is aimed at people who have never completed or do not have a current First Aid Qualifications, and take approximately 16 hours to complete.

It includes the following NZQA Unit Standards:

  • Unit 6400: Manage first aid in emergency situations.
  • Unit 6401: Provide first aid until help arrives
  • Unit 6402: Provide resuscitation

Units cover both trauma and medical subjects such as fractures, burns, major wounds, internal bleeding, head injuries, environmental conditions, anaphylaxis and spinal injuries, shock and bleeding, soft tissue injuries, poisoning, heart attack, asthma, diabetes, stroke and seizure, obstructed airways and CPR.

This option covers workplace first aid as required by Health & Safety regulations.

OPTION 2: First Aid As A Life Skill

This course takes approx 12 hours to complete and is held over two days.

It includes the following unit standards:

  • Unit 26551: Provide first aid for life threatening conditions.
  • Unit 26552: Demonstrate knowledge of common first aid conditions & how to respond to them.

It will also be possible to add as an elective in the above course the following:

  • Unit 25459: Provide first aid for young children
  • Unit 6400: Manage first aid in emergency situation



This course covers basic CPR and airway obstruction and takes approx three hours to complete.

It includes the following NZQA unit standard:

  • Unit 6402: Provide resuscitation Level 2

Extra subjects can be added to these courses to cover your workplace needs.

First Aid Refresher (FAR)

This course is aimed at people who have held a current First Aid Certificate for under two years. The unit covers almost the same subjects as the Comprehensive First Aid Course in less detail and is intended to refresh a persons understanding and to update any changes that have been made by the New Zealand Resuscitation Council. This course takes a approximately eight hours to complete.