Essential First Aid

Perfect for low risk workplaces, Essential First Aid prepares your team to respond to the most common emergency situations. 

Recommended for

This first aid course is recommended for low-risk workplaces and designed for people who do not need to know about more advanced topics covered in Comprehensive First Aid. This course meets the new guidelines provided by WorkSafe New Zealand (Feb 2020).

Revalidation: Every two years

Course duration: 8 hours

NZQA Unit Standards: 6402, 6401– 2 credits

NZQA Level: Two

Pre-requisite: 6402

What this course covers


PART 1 – SAVE A LIFE- 6402- 4 hours

  • Primary assessment
  • Stable side positioning
  • Scene management of emergency situations
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) – adult, child and infant
  • Use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Foreign body airway obstruction (choking) – adult, child and infant
  • Control of life threatening bleeding

PART 2 – ESSENTIAL FIRST AID- 6401- 4 hours

  • Bleeding, shock and wound care
  • Fractures, sprains, strains and dislocations
  • Medical conditions- heart attack, angina, asthma, diabetes, seizures, stroke and severe allergies
  • Poisoning
  • Burns- thermal, chemical and electrical

Learning options

You may choose one of two ways to complete your training which can reduce your time in the classroom by up to two hours.

Classroom - Complete all training in the classroom

Online - Complete your pre-course learning online, reducing your classroom session from 8 hours to 4 hours