2021 Updates to First Aid and CPR Training Courses


Updates to nationally recognised first aid courses in 2021

In Australia, first aid and CPR training is regulated by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). This ensures that students learn the latest medical procedures and your course certificates are recognised by employers right across Australia.

Each 12-24 months, the structure and content of these nationally recognised first aid courses is reviewed by ASQA, and the changes are incorporated by training providers, also known as RTOS (Registered Training Organisations).

This blog takes a quick look at the most recent changes to first aid and CPR training in Australia and answers the questions we get asked the most — how these changes impact your first aid skills, qualifications, and certificates. Let’s take a look.

When were the latest changes made?

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) reviewed and updated all the first aid and CPR courses at the end of 2020. RTOs including Vigil Training College began reviewing and rewriting their course content in early 2021, and by mid-2021 were already delivering the new materials and issuing updated statement of attainments.

PLEASE NOTE: first aid and CPR qualifications delivered by Vigil Training reflect the very latest (2021) course codes and requirements under the Australian Qualifications Framework. (AQF).


Which first aid and CPR courses were updated?

There were actually updates to about 10 different nationally recognised first aid and CPR courses including the two (2) certificates that are delivered here at Vigil Training College. These were:

What is different about the new first aid and CPR training courses?

When ASQA makes changes to a nationally recognised qualification the changes can occur in four (4) key areas:

  1. What you learn.
  2. How you are assessed.
  3. Who can teach you.
  4. The course/unit code.

In the latest review, no changes were made to what you actually learned, or to the course handbook you received. There were only changes to the course identifier codes and the way the trainer now assesses your skills. Here they are unpacked.

Changes to course codes

  • HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation was updated to the new code HLTAID009.
  • HLTAID003 Provide First Aid was updated to the new code HLTAID011.

Changes to assessment methods

A few changes were made to the course assessment methods but the only real requirement that students may notice is the use of PPE during the assessment. Under the new guidelines, students must respond to a range of first aid and CPR scenarios that involve the use (and wearing) of personal protective equipment (PPE). PPE can include pocket masks, shields, gloves, gowns, and goggles.

My CPR and first aid have the older codes, is my nationally recognised Statement of Attainment still valid?

Yes. Even though the course codes have been updated, your original statement of attainments will still be recognised for the full 12 months (CPR) and 36 months (first aid) from the date of your training.

Do I need to do the course again?

Not until your course certificate expires.

How often should I update my first aid and CPR certificate in NSW?

To keep your First Aid skills up-to-date and ensure you learn CPR in line with the latest guideline from the Australian Resuscitation Council, you should complete your training as follows:

  • CPR certificate training each 12 months. Make sure the name of the unit you complete is HLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (formerly called HLTAID001).
  • First Aid Certificate training each 3 years. Make sure the name of the unit you complete is HLTAID011 Provide First Aid (formerly called HLTAID003).

Next steps

Still not sure if your NSW first aid or CPR certificate needs updating? Get in touch with the expert team here at Vigil Training College right away. We’ll be more than happy to ensure your skills and qualifications are up-to-date.



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