First aid qualifications and training

Qualifications list
 

Under the Education and Care Services National Law ACECQA must publish a list of approved first aid qualifications, anaphylaxis management training and emergency asthma management training.

For the purposes of the Law, the 'qualifications' on the list are either national or state accredited units of competency.

The list of approved first aid qualifications, anaphylaxis management training and emergency asthma management training replaces the state and territory government first aid requirements for educators from 1 January 2012

If you have completed training and want to know if it is on ACECQA’s approved list, you will need to know the name of the training course and its code or other unique identifier. This information will appear on the certificate or transcript you received when you successfully completed the training.

The National Regulations include some transitional provisions to give services time to meet the requirements.

The National Regulations also outline the mandatory requirements for services in relation to these qualifications. Further information relating to First Aid Qualifications, Anaphylaxis Management Training and Asthma Management Training can be found in regulation 136 Part 4.4 – Staffing arrangements, Division 6 – First aid qualifications.

Below is a summary of the different requirements for centre-based, school-based and family day care services.

Centre-based services - regulation 136(1)

The approved provider of a centre-based service must ensure that the following persons are in attendance at any place where children are being educated and cared for by the service, and immediately available in an emergency, at all times that children are being educated and cared for by the service:

(a) at least one educator who holds a current approved first aid qualification

(b) at least one educator who has undertaken current approved anaphylaxis management training

(c) at least one educator who has undertaken current approved emergency asthma management training.

Services must have staff with current approved qualifications on duty at all times and immediately available in an emergency. One staff member may hold one or more of the qualifications.

Premises on school site - regulation 136(2)

If children are being educated and cared for at service premises on the site of a school, suitably qualified staff must be in attendance at the school site and immediately available in an emergency.

Services must have staff with current approved qualifications on duty at all times and immediately available in an emergency. One staff member may hold one or more of the qualifications.

Family day care - regulation 136(3)

The approved provider of a family day care service must ensure that each family day care educator and family day care educator assistant engaged by or registered with the service:

(a) holds a current approved first aid qualification; and

(b) has undertaken current approved anaphylaxis management training; and

(c) has undertaken current approved emergency asthma management training.

Each family day care educator and educator assistant, must hold all three qualifications.

Notes for registered training organisations

For the purposes of the National Law, the 'qualifications' on this list are either national or state accredited units of competency.

Registered training organisations do not need to apply for additional 'approved provider' status with ACECQA, nor do they require separate approval for specific courses.