hltaid004 first aid course

Hltaid004 – Provide An Emergency First Aid Response In An Education & Care Setting


This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide first aid response to infant’s children and adults. This unit applies to educators and support staff working within an education and care setting who are required to respond to a first aid emergency, including asthmatic and anaphylactic emergencies.


2 days in the classroom OR
1 day practical in the classroom with prior online learning


There are no pre-requisites.


On successful completion, participants will receive a nationally recognised statement of attainment in HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education & care setting, valid for three (3) years from the completion date. The Code of Practice and Australian Resuscitation Council recommends that cardiopulmonary resuscitation skills are refreshed annually.

Entry Requirements

Students must have the physical ability to provide resuscitation by kneeling on the floor and performing two (2) minutes of uninterrupted CPR on an adult and infant manikin.

Learner Support and Reasonable Adjustment

If you have a learning difficulty or any special needs or support requirements please contact us prior to enrolment. This may include but not limited to language, literacy and numeracy skills or disabilities. It’s important to note that there is a physical requirement to complete 2 minutes of uninterrupted CPR on the floor with a manikin.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning is available to those who can provide other evidence that they can demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and experience described by the unit. There is a currency requirement to be able to demonstrate skills such as CPR.

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

Every student requires a Unique Student Identifier (USI) to obtain a certificate or qualification from their registered training organisation when studying a nationally recognised training course in Australia.

A USI gives you access to an online account which keeps all your training records together, even if you move locations, change training organisations or undertake studies at different times in your life. For more information ask your training organisation or visit www.usi.gov.au.

Choosing a Training or Education Provider

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has developed a fact sheet to allow you to be fully informed about your decision to enroll in a course of study. We recommend reading this information prior to enrolling.

ASSESSMENT – THEORY – Multiple choice question paper

You will be assessed on:
State/Territory regulations, first aid codes of practice and workplace procedures:
ARC Guidelines relevant to the provision of CPR
Safe work practices to minimise risks and potential hazards
Infection control principles and procedures, including use of standard precautions
First aid requirements for services under the Education and Care Services National Law
Guidelines from Australian national peak clinical bodies
Requirements for currency of skill and knowledge

Legal, workplace and community considerations:

Awareness of potential need for stress-management techniques and available support following and emergency situation, including the psychological impact on children
Duty of care requirements
Respectful behavior towards a casualty
Own skills and limitations
Consent, including situations in which parental/caregiver consent is required
Privacy and confidentiality requirements
Importance of debriefing

Considerations when providing CPR:

Airway obstruction due to body position
Appropriate duration and cessation of CPR
Appropriate use of an AED, including placement of pads for adults and children aged older than 8 years old
Specific considerations when using an AED on children aged between 1 and 8 years, including identification of AED with pediatric capability, pediatric voltage and use of pediatric pads
Chain of survival
Standard precautions
How to conduct a visual and verbal assessment of the casualty

Principle and procedures for first aid management of the following scenarios:

Abdominal injuries
Allergic reaction
Basic care of the wound
Bleeding control
Cardiac conditions, including chest pain
Choking and airway obstruction
Crush injuries
Environment impact, including hypothermia, hyperthermia, dehydrations and heat stroke
Eye and ear injuries
Febrile convulsions
Head, neck and spinal injuries
Minor skin injuries
Needle stick injuries
Poisoning and toxic substances
Respiratory distress, including asthma
Seizures, including epilepsy
Soft tissue injuries, including strains and sprains

Basic anatomy and physiology:

Considerations in provision of first aid for specified conditions
How to recognize a person is not breathing normally
Upper airway and effect of positional change

ASSESSMENT – PRACTICAL – Physical demonstrations (skills)

The simulated assessment environments will reflect the real-life working environment where these skills and knowledge would be performed, with all the relevant equipment and resources of that working environment. Skills must be demonstrated by the student working individually in an environment that provides realistic in-depth, industry-validated scenarios and simulations to assess students’ skills and knowledge.
It’s important that students have knowledge of the content of this course. The assessable practical skills are listed below.
You will be assessed on performing first aid scenario and task demonstrations for:
DRSABCD & recovery position
Infant CPR & Adult CPR & defibrillation
Anaphylaxis & autoinjector
Asthma & medication
Bleeding, shock, head injuries, fractures
Febrile convulsion / seizures
Verbal reporting, debriefing and evaluating
Envenomation – pressure immobilisation technique for a snake bite

Course Resources

The following learning resources are provided to participants in this course.
Online ‘Fun with First Aid’ Flipbook
Adult and infant resuscitation manikins
AED training device
Adrenaline autoinjector training device
Placebo bronchodilator and spacer device
Roller and triangular bandages
Workplace first aid kit
Workplace injury, trauma and/or illness record, and/or other appropriate workplace incident report form