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Available First Aid Courses in Brisbane

Are you thinking of doing a First Aid Course for school, work or personal reasons? When my son had an unexpected asthma attack at his childcare centre in Zillmere, I realised if it happened at home I’d need to know what to do.

So, I did my research and found out there were tons of options for First Aid courses near me in Brisbane. If you’re looking at a First Aid course, the range of training on offer includes CPR (cardiovascular pulmonary resuscitation) only; First Aid plus CPR; and Child Care First Aid, which is required for teachers and child care workers.

Most courses can be delivered online, face-to-face or in a combination of online and face-to-face. And finally, prices and value for money can vary considerably, but most training providers offer sales or will price-match their competitors.

Now let’s take a closer look at options for First Aid courses for Brisbane locals, both face-to-face and virtual.

Available courses near me in Brisbane

First, it’s a good idea to work out which course you’re interested in taking.

Are you a surf life saving volunteer who just wants a standalone CPR course … or a disability support worker needing First Aid for your accreditation?

Maybe you’re a mum or dad like me, considering Child Care First Aid, which covers emergencies for children and infants.

Whatever your needs, there’s plenty of training out there. For a handy video explaining some of the main training options, watch the following video:

Once you’ve established your preferred option, the next step is to identify the course type, length and budget that suits you. To give you a head start, we’ve explored a few of the main First Aid training options available near you in Brisbane.

1. Brisbane First Aid Courses
https://brisbanefirstaidcourses.com.au/

Brisbane First Aid Courses offers a range of nationally accredited First Aid courses.

You can complete a First Aid and CPR course in three ways: online; in a combined online/face-to-face mode; or alternatively, in person. If you fancy face-to-face interaction with an accredited trainer, you can tackle one of the following courses in an in-person setting, in a variety of Brisbane locations.

  • HLTAID011 – Provide First Aid
  • HLTAID009 – Provide CPR
  • HLTAID012 – Provide First Aid in an education and care setting (Child Care First Aid)
  • HLTAID014 – Provide Advanced First Aid
  • HLTAID015 – Provide Advanced Resuscitation and Oxygen Therapy

Courses are run 7 days a week at venues all across Brisbane including:

Central Brisbane: Brisbane CBD, Indooroopilly, Calamvale

Southside: Capalaba, Ipswich, Logan, Mt Gravatt, Salisbury, Springfield

Northside: Chermside, Caboolture.

Are these courses free?

Prices for in-person courses range from $30 (CPR only) to $99 (Child Care First Aid), depending on your preferred course.

Online courses vary from $114 (CPR only) to $199 (Child Care First Aid), with Brisbane First Aid offering to price-match any cheaper courses. Keep an eye out for daily deals!

What is the minimum duration of these courses?

Face-to-face courses run for 5-6 hours, but you are bound to get both your money, and your time’s worth during them, as they are delivered by trained professionals. Courses are run 7 days a week, 50 weeks a year.

The shortest course available is the combined online/face-to-face First Aid plus CPR course, which is 4 hours long (2 hours online learning plus 2 hours practical assessment).

Can I attend these courses at my own pace?

Provided you have a day free, you can certainly attend these at your own pace, because each course is a single 5-hour session. This means that you can choose when to go and get trained in CPR and/or First Aid at your own pace. You can also learn flexibly via the Zoom courses (100% online) or Online+face-to-face options.

To find out more, visit https://brisbanefirstaidcourses.com.au/

2. First Aid Training Brisbane CBD
https://www.firstaidtrainingbrisbanecbd.com.au/

First Aid Training Brisbane CBD offers face-to-face courses in the heart of Brisbane CBD – Queen Street – as well as in the comfort of your own home, via Zoom.

Their courses consist of:

  • HLTAID011 – Provide First Aid
  • HLTAID009 – Provide CPR
  • HLTAID012 – Provide First Aid in an education and care setting (Child Care First Aid)

The First Aid course includes CPR techniques on adults and infants, as well as managing medical conditions like anaphylaxis, asthma and seizures; and medical emergencies like snake/spider bites, poisons and choking.

It also covers how to properly assess an emergency situation, first aid for bleeding, fractures and burns, and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator.

Child Care First Aid includes all features of the general First Aid course, along with compliance with first aid sections of the Education and Care Services National Law and the Education and Care Services National Regulations (2011); and incident reporting in a child care setting.

Are these courses free?

The comprehensive First Aid plus CPR course retails at $215 but is currently discounted by First Aid Training Brisbane CBD to $129 (make sure to check all sales details with the provider before you buy). The online (Zoom) course is $199 – usually $250.

CPR is $69 (discounted from $95) and Child Care First Aid at the time of writing is $149 (reduced from $250).

However, for their price, they do offer on-site workplace training, same-day certificates, and a whole host of other benefits. So although they might not be free, they’re definitely worth the money.

What is the minimum duration of these courses?

Courses vary in duration, and both First Aid and Childcare First Aid can be completed in one business day (9am – 3.30pm).

CPR is the shortest course, with a minimum duration of 2 hours 30 minutes.

This reflects its content, which is less comprehensive than the First Aid course. CPR covers topics like how to assess an emergency situation, CPR techniques, using an Automated External Defibrillator, assessing and moving injured casualties, legal responsibilities of a first aider. Unlike the more extensive First Aid course, it doesn’t go into responding to medical conditions and medical emergencies.

Can I attend these courses at my own pace?

The Zoom First Aid course includes online learning and a quiz, which need to completed before your class. These can be conducted at your own pace. All classes need to be attended on time during the designated hours, and a First Aid Certificate will be issued same day.

3. Australia Wide First Aid
https://www.australiawidefirstaid.com.au/qld/brisbane

Australia Wide First Aid is a national training provider that offers face-to-face training at numerous Brisbane locations including:

Central Brisbane: Brisbane CBD, Cannon Hill

Southside: Browns Plains, Capalaba, Darra, Ipswich, Mt Gravatt, Springfield Lakes, Yatala

Northside: Chermside, Caboolture, Deagon, Eaton Hill, North Lakes, Virginia.

You can study nationally recognised, same-day certified First Aid courses with Australia Wide First Aid in Brisbane. Available courses include:

  • HLTAID011 – Provide First Aid
  • HLTAID009 – Provide CPR
  • HLTAID012 – Provide First Aid in an education and care setting (Child Care First Aid)

Are these courses free?

The courses aren’t free, but Australia Wide First Aid pledge that if you find a cheaper course, they'll beat the price by 10%.

What is the minimum duration of these courses?

Courses vary in duration, and both First Aid and Childcare First Aid can be completed in one business day (9am – 3.30pm).

CPR is the shortest course, with a minimum duration of 2 hours 30 minutes.

This reflects its less comprehensive content than First Aid. CPR covers topics like how to assess an emergency situation, CPR techniques, using an Automated External Defibrillator, assessing and moving injured casualties, legal responsibilities of a first aider. But, it doesn’t go into responding to medical conditions and medical emergencies, which are covered in the more extensive First Aid course.

Can I attend these courses at my own pace?

Courses have fixed attendance. However, you can do an online multiple-choice quiz at your own pace, before you do the practical part of your training. 

Summing Up

For me, even though I wasn’t planning on a profession in child care, I decided that with three children the Child Care First Aid course would best suit my needs. However, many people will only need a basic First Aid or CPR course. My advice is to shop around and choose whether face-to-face or online learning suits your lifestyle and goals.

A few more tips based on what I learned: make sure you have your Unique Student Identifier, or USI Number, on hand before you enrol in a course. All students who start nationally recognised training from 1 January 2018 need a USI, which is a reference number that you carry with you throughout your education. Your USI is free, secure to use and access. You can easily create your USI by going to the Australian Government site at https://www.usi.gov.au/about

And finally, all the providers whose websites I visited have strong COVID-19 precautions in place. These include appropriate hygiene and sanitisation measures; limited class sizes; and staff professional development.

Given that all providers offer online as well as in-person options, this means you can rest assured that if future restrictions come into place to limit face-to-face availability, you can always complete a course by Zoom or another online alternative.

So enjoy acquiring your First Aid qualification, and make sure to let us know if you have any questions!

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