Thank you to Ian for submitting the following question:

My question is in relation to HLTAID004 – Provide First Aid in a Childcare or Education Setting – What is the Industry (Childcare & Education) standard requirements in terms of First Aid Certification. Is it OK for example if someone holds the HLTFA311A to then complete an accredited course in Asthma & Anaphylaxis to meet there industry requirements. Colleagues are being told over here in WA that HLTAID004 is not sufficient and the separate Asthma & Anaphylaxis accreditation is still required on top of this. So can you shed some light on the National Standards or expectation of the Childcare & Education Industry in relation to First Aid Quals.

Reply by Andy Panes – NIFAT General Manager

Hi Ian, thank you for your question.

The best resource to view is the list of acceptable educator qualifications which can be found on the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority webiste http://www.acecqa.gov.au/First-aid-qualifications-and-training 

On the educator qualifications list is states that HLTAID004 Provide an Emergency First Aid Response in an Education and Care Setting ‘satisfies all requirements for first aid,  anaphylaxis management and emergency asthma management training’

Its also states that HLT311A Apply First Aid satisfies first aid requirements. The educator would need to hold separate qualifications is anaphylaxis and asthma management (as detailed on the qualification list). Two of the most common courses are 22024VIC Course in Emergency Management of Asthma in the Workplace and 22099VIC Course in First Aid Management of Anaphylaxis.

Its worth noting that HLTAID004 is a core unit in the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113), so if educators are completing this qualification they will be required to hold HLTAID004 Provide an Emergency First Aid Response in an Education and Care Setting regardless of holding HLTFA311A, 22024VIC and 22099VIC.

I hope this answers your question and please feel free to contact me if you have any further queries.

Regards
Andy Panes
NIFAT General Manager