Provide First Aid (Senior/Level 2) Course Requirements

Provide First Aid, formerly known as Senior/Level 2 First Aid, is well known as a foundational first aid course that will benefit every student. What is less well known are the huge advances in medical science and technology that have catapulted Provide First Aid attainments into mainstream paramedic-like qualifications. Life-saving equipment such as portable defibrillators, adrenaline auto-injectors, oxygen gear and other progressive innovations have transformed the first aid training industry in Australia, and Real First Aid are proud to be part of the revolution. Provide First Aid empowers course graduates with the knowledge and skills to respond to almost any emergency with confidence.

However, as most trained first aiders rarely need to draw upon the full range of skills learnt for use in low-frequency, high-risk emergencies, the knowledge can be lost over time, resulting in reluctance to step forward and help when needed. Real First Aid was founded in late 2014 with the intention of bridging the gap between qualifications and genuine capability, and the results have been outstanding. The secret is enhanced Real First Aid Simulation Training, where course participants are encouraged to practice emergency response in simulated reality for deep immersion and superior knowledge and skills retention. When simulation training at Real First Aid is delivered by some of Australia’s finest paramedics, medical response experts, and trained military emergency personnel, the attainments are first-class.

What’s Included

Elements taught in Perform CPR

Anatomy and physiology of respiratory and cardiovascular systems

Respiratory emergencies

Cardiac emergencies

Shock and anaphylaxis CPR

Management of bleeding


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Is Level 1 training required before Level 2?

Provide Basic Emergency Life Support (HLTAID002), formerly known as Level 1 First Aid, is an excellent course to commence first aid training. Real First Aid training courses are progressive, with each attainment building on the last for developing far-reaching emergency response skills. HLTAID002, learnt in only 6 hours, delivers an impressive array of attainments worth serious consideration. The short course duration proves how easy first aid and CPR is to learn for just about anybody, although retaining knowledge and skills is far easier when taught using enhanced simulation training techniques. Provide Basic Emergency Life Support (HLTAID002) attainments include:

• Responding to an unconscious person
• Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to an adult, child or infant
• Airway management
• Automatic External Defibrillation principles
• Shock and anaphylaxis response using an adrenaline auto-injector
• Management of bleeding and applying bandages

Provide First Aid Requirements

The qualifications are nationally accredited, with certification lasting 3 years before a short refresher course is required. The follow-up course, Provide First Aid (HLTAID003), lasts for one or two days and includes additional attainments for responding to emergencies that are commonly experienced by first aiders, such as head and spinal injuries, strokes, seizures and environmental injuries. Although naturally progressive, the courses provide stand-alone capabilities that are delivered to the highest first aid training industry standards.

What are the benefits of completing Level 1 before Level 2?

There are several advantages in the way Real First Aid courses are structured. Firstly, there are a lot of skills learnt in a short amount of time, and it’s worth considering studying in bite-sized chunks for better knowledge assimilation. Another advantage of completing Level 1 before Level 2 is the opportunity to keep regular work functions operating with minimal disruption during first aid training. For example, as a stand-alone course, Level 2 (HLTAID003) takes 2 days to complete, but for those who already possess Level 1 (HLTAID002) attainments, the Level 2 course time is cut in half, rather than duplicating learning unnecessarily. Of course, there is no need to stop there, with higher attainments including Provide Advanced First Aid (HLTAID006), and Provide First Aid in an Education and Care Setting (HLTAID004) delivering specialised qualifications that are in demand by employers nation-wide.

Why is realistic simulation training better?

Simulation training isn’t a new concept. In fact, it has been used for some time by the best military, medical and paramedic training organisations. Real First Aid have adapted simulation training methods to first aid and CPR training to encourage greater student participation, better learning outcomes, and a skill set that remains relevant and ready for use whenever an accident or emergency arises. Simulation training is immersive ‘learning by doing’, where action speaks louder than words and is particularly relevant in first aid intervention where every second counts and a timely response can be the difference between life and death.

With simulation training, practice really does make perfect, and the added advantage of reliable communication and teamwork experienced during training translates perfectly in real emergency situations. Simulation training is a bonding experience for friends and colleagues to work together, develop individual strengths, and recognise leadership qualities. By transforming work, school, or community settings into simulated emergency scenarios, the reality of emergency response requirements hits home. When the simulations are enhanced using actors, props, 000 calls, sirens, pyrotechnics and real first aid equipment, immersion in learning is even deeper. Add to this the best first aid instructors in the land and you have Australia’s leading first aid training provider, Real First Aid.