Comprehensive First Aid

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to manage less common, but severe medical and trauma in emergency situations.


A Comprehensive First Aid certificate of will be issued on successful completion of this course.

Unit Standard: 6400 L3 C2 V6, 6401 L2 C1 V6, 6402 L1 C1 V8

Course Content

The course focuses on:

  • Chain of survival.
  • Primary patient assessment/DRSABCD.
  • Dangers: scene assessment and hazard management.
  • Response – AVPU shout and tap.
  • Sending for help.
  • Airway, breathing, circulation.
  • Stable side position.
  • Airway obstruction adult/child/infant.
  • Secondary patient assessment.
  • Shock and bleeding.
  • Bones and tissues.
  • Poisoning.
  • Burns including burnt airway.
  • Medical conditions activities.
  • Heat related emergencies.
  • Allergic reactions.
  • Drowning incidents.
  • Head trauma.
  • Major wounds.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Manage first aid in an emergency situation.
  • Provide first aid.
  • Provide basic life support.

Course structure

The course is a combination of theoretical and practical sessions. Students are assessed continuously during the course.



Assessment process

Practical assessment (including verbal questioning) which takes place when the student is ready/has shown that they can perform all tasks required. The assessment will involve simulated emergency situations covering trauma; a medical injury; and a patient with multiple problems or more than one casualty.


To maintain current competency, it is recommended that refresher training occurs regularly. NZQA and the Skills Organisation identify this as every two years.

Items to bring

  • Photo ID.
  • Comfortable clothing suitable for participating in practical exercises.
  • Covered-in footwear.
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Course Length

2 Days


Wood Training Centre
26 Manadon St
New Plymouth

or at customer premises.


$280 + GST per person

Group rates available

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Important Information

Student Handbook

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Meet The Trainers

Jonathan (Jono) Miller

Jonathan (Jono) Miller

Jonathan (Jono) Miller

Instructing in First Aid from mid-2006, Jon is an experienced first aid instructor.  Jon’s sense of humour and on the job stories ensure engaging and relevant training whenever he delivers. Jon has extended his safety training skills over the years now also delivers our Helicopter Underwater Escape Training courses and continues to deliver training with freshness and relevance

Ryan Moss

Ryan Moss

Ryan Moss

Coming from a business background, Ryan worked in the offshore industry before moving onshore to pursue a career as a fire and marine trainer. He has Emergency Care, Fire and Rescue qualifications as well as in the areas of Adult Education and Training. Ryan volunteers his time to work with St John Ambulance as an ambulance officer and as a senior fire fighter with Fire Emergency New Zealand. Ryan stands out as a well-rounded emergency response professional with experience across multiple areas.


Exceptional knowledge of tutor, well facilitated, learning was made easy.

Craig Tippett - South Taranaki District Council

Awesome course. Relevant, practical - and worthwhile - Fantastic instructor - Highly recommended. Would not hesitate to recommend instructor and their expertise - realistic and an awesome instructor.

Otago Polytechnic

Very informative and practical, delivered in an effective and organised logical way. Great delivery of information in a relaxed environment, in a fun way enabling learning and retention of information.

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