How much pre-enrolment information do you have available to learners? Are they informed about the physical requirements of CPR assessments?
Making learners aware of the types of assessments they are required to undertake is a must for all RTO’s, this allows the learner to make an informed decision about undertaking training with you.
One of the areas often missed is the level of physical ability learners will need to hold in order to meet the competency standards. With the HLTAID units specifying a location (floor) and duration (four or eights minutes depending on unit) for learners to demonstrate CPR on a manikin it is more important than ever to ensure learners are provided with as much information as possible prior to enrolling in a course.
The Australian Resuscitation Council also recommends the following ‘CPR training and actual performance is safe in most circumstances. Individuals undertaking Basic Life Support training should be advised of the nature and extent of the physical activity required during the training program. Learners who develop significant symptoms (e.g. chest pain, severe shortness of breath) during CPR should be advised to stop’ (Guideline 10.1 Basic Life Support Training).
NIFAT has put together a Physical Capability Statement which members may download, adjust and use. To access this document ensure you are signed in and follow the link below.