HLTAID002 – Provide basic emergency life support

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to recognise and respond to life-threatening emergencies in line with the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) Guidelines.

Course Information

  • there are no pre-requisites for this first aid course
  • the Australian Resuscitation Council recommends HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation be renewed every 12 months (some positions / employers / industry associations require that you renew your HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation every 12 months)

Award issued:

  • participants who are deemed competent upon completing upon completing all the course requirements (theory and practical assessments) will receive a Statement of Attainment in:
    • HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
    • HTLAID002 Provide basic emergency life support

Course requirements:

  • all participants must be able to kneel on the floor while performing uninterrupted CPR for a minimum 2 minutes per round as per the assessment requirements set in the Unit of Competency (HLTAID002), and must be able to demonstrate safe manual handling (bending the knees while lifting an object)
  • all participants must have a moderate level of English to be able to complete the course

Course duration:

  • 8 hours face to face

Assessment requirements:

Participants will be provided with an assessment workbook which contains the theory assessments (unless completing this theory component online) and details of the practical assessments.

  • the theory assessments consist of multiple-choice quizzes
  • the practical assessments consist of practical exercises, and workplace-based scenarios which need to be completed in groups or pairs and will involve demonstrating your skills in placing a casualty in the recovery position, performing CPR on adult and child manikins on the floor, and applying principles and procedures for first aid management of the following:
    • allergic reaction
    • anaphylaxis
    • bleeding control
    • choking and airway obstruction
    • respiratory distress, including asthma
    • shock

Essential outcomes:

  • Knowledge and understanding of State / Territory regulations, first aid codes of practice and workplace procedures
  • Knowledge and understanding of legal, workplace and community considerations
  • Considerations when providing basic emergency life support
  • Principles and procedures for first aid management of specific scenarios
  • Knowledge and understanding of basic anatomy and physiology



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