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Refreshing your qualification

In line with updated national standards, Red Cross Training Services is now delivering the new HLTAID first aid units. 

 Superseeded Unit  New Unit (from 1 July 2014)
 HLTCPR211A Perform CPR  HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
 HLTFA211A Provide basis emergency life support  HLTAID002 Provide basis emergency life support
 HLTFA311A Apply first aid  HLTAID003 Provide first aid
 New unit  HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
 HLTFA302C Provide first aid in remote situation  HLTAID005 Provide first aid in remote situations
 HLTFA412A Apply advanced first aid  HLTAID006 Provide advanced first aid
 HLTFA404C Apply advanced resuscitation techniques  HLTAID007 Provide advanced resuscitation
 HLTFA412A/HLTFA403C/HLTFA404C Occupational first aid  HLTAID006/HLTAID007/HLTAID008 Occupational first aid

Current Refresher guidelines

The industry standard for First Aid practitioners to maintain current competency is to be recertified in the unit(s) from the date of completion as stated on the Statement of Attainment as follows -

  • HLTAID001 Provide CPR - 12 months
  • HLTAID002 Provide basic emergency life support - 3 years
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid - 3 years
  • HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting - 3 years
  • HLTAID005 Provide an emergency first aid response in remote situations- 3 years
  • HLTAID007 PRovide advanced resuscitation - 12 months
  • HLTAID006/007/008 Occupational first aid - 3 years
  • HLTAID006 Provide advanced first aid - 3 years
  • 21886VIC Course in Emergency Asthma Management - 3 years
  • 22099VIC Course in First Aid Management of Anaphylaxis - 3 years


Superseeded courses will be recognised when refreshing qualifications if renewed within the above timeframes. Red Cross urges all First Aid Practitioners to check their local workplace or industry specific requirements regarding First Aid qualifications.

It is recommended that students update their CPR skills annually with a HLTAID001 Provide CPR - Refresher (2 hours face to face).

What is the difference between the current units and the new ones?

The new unit cover the same topics but are more in-depth and comprehensive for students. With an increased focus on practical application of first aid techniques students will have more hands on time to put learned theory into practice in a simulated classroom environment. Ultimately participants will leave confident to apply correct and effective first aid support in an emergency situation.


Will Red Cross Training Services send me a reminder when my certificate needs refreshing?

Yes, Red Cross Training Services provides a reminder mail service for all first aid courses. To help us provide you with this service, please ensure we have your most up to date contact details. If you move house or change phone number or email, please call us on 1300 367 428 to update your details.

What if I am overdue to renew my qualification?

Red Cross Training Services follows the Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines and recommends that all refresher courses are completed within standard timeframes, however you may be offered a grace period.

Red Cross Training Services urges all First Aid Practitioners to comply with their local workplace or industry specific requirements regarding first aid qualifications. Once they have passed the recertification timeframe, they may not be recognised as being valid and current by industry therefore you may have to complete the full course.

What is a refresher course and are they available for all courses?

Refresher courses do not re-teach the material and skills previously covered. The focus is upon revising the knowledge and skills learnt through practical demonstrations, group participation in scenarios and discussion. A refresher course will also update you on any changes to first aid techniques that may have occurred since your last course. Students attending refresher courses are expected to review their training manual and/or notes prior to attending a course. Students will be required to demonstrate their competency via practical assessments and a mini quiz.

The following Refresher courses are available at Red Cross Training Services

  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid - Refresher
  • HLTAID007/007/008 Occupational first aid - Refresher
  • HLTAID001 Provide CPR - Refresher