First aid certificates – Provision of first aid training

Training of first aid personnel in workplaces must be carried out by individuals who are employed by an organisation granted consent by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority to assess first aid unit standards. The unit standards are registered by the Skills Organisation.

The minimum duration of first aid training and assessment is:

  • 6400 (Manage first aid in an emergency situation), 6401 (Provide first aid) and 6402 (Provide basic life support): minimum of 12 hours training and assessment;
  • 6401 and 6402 or 26551 (Provide first aid for life threatening conditions) and 26552 (Demonstrate knowledge of common first aid conditions and how to respond to them): minimum of eight hours training and assessment
  • For refresher training, where the learner’s certificate is no older than two years and three months from date of issues, a minimum of six hours training and assessment.