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What are the different levels of First Aid training?

If you’ve never done any first aid training before, you might be a little confused by all the different courses and their names and course codes. So here is the simple guide to first aid training. (The formal course codes and course names are in brackets.)

CPR Training – (HLTAID009 – Provide CPR). This is the most “basic” course in First Aid Training. It teaches you a lot of essential information that empowers you to be able to perform Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on someone and potentially save their life. It also covers information on how to use a what is called a “defib” or “defibrillator” machine (actually an Automated External Defibrillator – AED). This course also forms the foundation of many more advanced First Aid courses and is incorporated into them.

Basic First Aid training – (HLTAID010 – Provide Basic Emergency Life Support). This is the most “basic” course in First Aid training. It includes the CPR training as above as well as some other “basic” first aid skills.

First Aid Training with CPR – (HLTAID011 - Provide First Aid Training including CPR). This is the “next level up” from Basic First Aid training. It includes all the information you learn in the CPR course plus a much greater range of advanced first aid training for multiple different scenarios. This has become the “default” first aid training level for the workplace. If you’ve been told you need “First Aid Training” for your job, this is the most likely course you need to do.

Education/Childcare First Aid – (HLTAID012 – Provide First Aid in an Education & Care Setting). This is a special course, tailored for teachers, childcare workers, aged care workers etc. It includes CPR training and First Aid training but it incorporates additional specialised skills that are required when looking after children or the elderly such as what to do for an allergic reaction, etc

Asthma & Anaphylaxis First Aid – (22556VIC/22578VIC – Course in the Management of Asthma Risks and Emergencies in the Workplace & Course in First Aid Management of Anaphylaxis.) Apart from having the longest title of any first aid course, the most important thing you need to know is that this is a highly specialised course that covers in great detail how you manage and respond to Asthma Risks in the workplace and how to apply first aid to someone having an Anaphylactic reaction. Again it is highly recommended for staff in kindergartens, schools, sports clubs, etc

Many of these courses can be done either fully in person or you can do part of your training online and then the rest in a face-to-face training session. This is called blended training and allows you to save time by doing some of your training in your own time through e-learning.

At Results First Aid Training we pride ourselves on making our training easy, friendly and informative. We deliver our in-person training sessions at our advanced training centre in Truganina or on-site at workplaces throughout Victoria.

To find out more about our courses or to book online, visit


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