First aid qualifications and training

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

The 'qualifications' on the list are either national or state accredited units of competency, or short courses.

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

Search our list of approved qualifications.

The National Regulations also outline the mandatory requirements for services in relation to these qualifications. Further information on first aid qualifications, anaphylaxis management training and asthma management training can be found in regulation 136 Part 4.4.

Below is a summary of the different requirements for:

Note for registered training organisations

Registered training organisations do not need to apply for additional 'approved provider' status with ACECQA, nor do they require separate approval for specific courses. If you are a training provider wanting to add a qualification to the list, apply to ACECQA.  
  

 

Centre-based services - regulation 136(1)

The approved provider of a centre-based service must ensure that the following qualified people are at all times in attendance at any place children are being educated and cared for by the service and immediately available in an emergency:
 
  • at least one educator who holds a current approved first aid qualification
  • at least one educator who has undertaken current approved anaphylaxis management training
  • 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, the following qualified staff must be in attendance at the school site and immediately available in an emergency:

 

  • at least one educator who holds a current approved first aid qualification
  • at least one educator who has undertaken current approved anaphylaxis management training
  • at least one educator who has undertaken current approved emergency asthma management training.

 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:
 
  • holds a current approved first aid qualification
  • has undertaken current approved anaphylaxis management training
  • has undertaken current approved emergency asthma management training.

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