First aid training requirements

Updates on significant changes to NZQA first aid requirements and workplace health and safety.

New Zealand Red Cross is a Category One training provider with double highly confident status. We are fully registered and accredited by NZQA with training locations nationwide.

Providers must comply with training requirements

Employers have obligations to ensure their workplace is safe, and to have trained first aiders on site during working hours. 

It's important to consider who your first aid training provider will be. Quality training by an approved and accredited provider is essential. Low cost and short duration courses could place people at risk through insufficient knowledge.

It's important to be aware of status or accreditation of your first aid training provider.

NZQA website - first aid

Moderation of first aid unit standards

In 2015 The Skills Organisation took over the moderation for the first aid unit standards and commenced development of a Medical First Responders Certificate.

In March 2015, The Skills Organisation was granted gazetted coverage for First Aid for the Standard-setting responsibility for unit standards 6400, 6401, 6402, 26551, 26552 and 24549 which were transferred from NZQA National Qualifications Services. They are also the standard-setting body for pre-hospital emergency care.

The new 6400 unit standard suite of first aid standards was published on the NZQA website from 8 September 2015.

To minimise the impact on industry training organisations with qualifications containing 26551 and 26552, a last date for assessment of 31 December 2019 has been set.

The Skills Organisation


M-learning (or mobile learning) is the move towards using smart technology as a new mode of learning.

Instant access at anytime and anywhere is allowing for assessments to be delivered online.

NZQA has been encouraging training providers to embrace digital technology.  NZQA’s Digital Assessment Transformation programme is intended to modernise a number of assessments that are being delivered by NZQA.

Technology is providing new opportunities for integrated learning and NZQA recognises the changing expectations of learners.

Digital assessment fact sheet - NZQA (PDF)

Additional resources

First Aid training information sheet (PDF)
First aid for workplaces - a good practice guide (PDF)
Red Cross due diligence checklist (PDF)
Essential Emergency Care Manual (PDF)