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HLTAID001 - Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

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* Please ensure you select a date from the above calendar to attend your practical component for this course. You must successfully complete the online theory course and assessments prior to attending the one day practical session held on Wednesdays
Course Overview:

The unit of competence is HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and covers the skills and knowledge required to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in line with the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) Guidelines. This course will take approximately 2 hours to complete the online theory session with assessment followed by your 1/2 day practical session and assessments.

Training includes Power point presentation and video’s, practical activities with manikins and first aid equipment. We recommend this training to be completed every 12 months as per Safe Work Australia guidelines.

You can complete the course at our training facility located at 6/25 Dellamarta Road, Wangara or we can send our trainer to your workplace subject to minimum group size and travel costs. Important: Please make sure you arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time to allow enrolment and checking of your ID and online certification.

Course Currency:

HLTAID001 - Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation: current to release 5.

Course Content:
There must be demonstrated evidence that the candidate has completed the following tasks at least once in line with state/ territory regulations, first aid codes of practice, ARC guidelines and workplace procedures:

  • Conducted a hazard assessment and identified strategies to minimise risk
  • Demonstrated safe manual handling techniques
  • Assessed airway, breathing and responsiveness of casualty
  • Performed at least two minutes of uninterrupted CPR on both an adult and an infant resuscitation manikin placed on the floor, demonstrating the following techniques on each:
    • checking for response and normal breathing
    • recognising abnormal breathing
    • opening and clearing the airway
    • using correct hand location, compression depth rate in line with the ARC recommended ratio of compressions and ventilations
      acting in the event of regurgitation or vomiting
    • following single rescuer procedure, including the demonstration of a rotation of operators with minimal interruptions to compression
  •  Followed the prompts of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Provided an accurate verbal report of the incident
  • Responded to at least one simulated resuscitation scenario contextualised to general participant workplace/community settings.
Skills and Knowledge Evidence: 

The candidate must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the work role. This includes knowledge of:

State/territory regulations, first aid codes of practice and workplace procedures including:

  • 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 
  • requirements for currency of skill and knowledge

Legal, workplace and community considerations, including:

  • need for stress-management techniques and available support following an emergency situation 
  • duty of care requirements 
  • respectful behaviour towards a casualty - own skills and limitations 
  • consent 
  • privacy and confidentiality requirements
  • importance of debriefing

Considerations when providing CPR, including: - airway obstruction due to body position

  • appropriate duration and cessation of CPR - appropriate use of an AED
  • chain of survival
  • standard precautions

In addition basic anatomy and physiology.

Course Duration:

Participants are expected to complete the requirements of the online theory session and practical session within 6 hours It is expected the online theory course and assessments will take 2 hours and your face to face practical training and assessment within half a day.

Entry Requirements: 

There are no qualification pre-requisites for this course.


Skills Force Australia uses a range of different assessment tools to determine if a student is eligible to for completion of the course. Learners will be assessed individually using the following methods:

  • Scenario assessments in which a student is required to demonstrate the required skills to respond to a range of first aid or emergency situations.
  • Practical assessments:
    • Demonstration of CPR
    • Demonstration of various first aid techniques.
  • Written questions

The online component for this course uses a range of different question techniques to ensure a student has learned the required information prior to attending the face-to-face portion of the course. These question types include:

  • Multiple choice questions from a question pool
  • Drag and drop image questions and;
  • Fill in the blank questions.

Each online assessment will contain a limit to the number of attempts allowed. This limit is dependent on the number of questions contained within an assessment. Failure to complete an online assessment within the allocated number of attempts will prevent you from progressing any further until a member of staff at Skills Force Australia has contacted you regarding the situation. Please view our student handbook for any further information.

Skills Force Australia uses the following guide to determine the number of attempts for an online assessment:

Number of questions Number of resits allowed
0-7 2
8-15 3
16-20 4


Course Resources:

Students are provided a link to the online learning via email upon registration. Students are required to undertake this pre-learning prior to attending the face to face training as this is assumed knowledge. You will obtain a certificate upon completion of the online learning. You must bring this certificate to the face-to-face course as evidence of completion of the online learning.

Skills Force Australia provides the following resources for the student during the class sessions as learning resources:

  • First Aid Manual – Free student handbooks are provided but are not required for training activities. The manual incorporates the latest first aid information and is a student resource providing additional information not covered under the training package core knowledge. It provides the student with an easy to read reference for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.

  • Power Point - This presentation is interactive with videos and customised to include examples and scenarios that are relevant to the real life first aid and CPR emergencies which the student may face providing them with the skills and confidence to respond to a situation where emergency life support or basic first aid may be required.

Skills Force Australia provides the following equipment for use during the face to face training for the student to undertake scenario based assessment.

  • Adult and infant resuscitation manikins in line with ARC Guidelines for assessment of CPR procedures
  • Adrenaline auto-injector training device
  • AED training device
  • Placebo bronchodilator and spacer device
  • Roller bandages
  • Triangular bandages
  • Workplace First Aid kit
  • Workplace injury, trauma and/or illness record, or other appropriate workplace incident report form for written reports

On successful completion, the participant will receive a Statement of Attainment for the following:

  • HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Recertification: Safe Work Australia recommends that recertification in CPR should be undertaken annually. (Safe Work Australia - Safety in the workplace)

Attendance Numbers: 

Individual and group bookings are available however the practical session requires a minimum of 4 participants. *Practical session dates may change due to insufficient numbers.

Specific needs and LLN reasonable adjustment:

Student(s) participating in training may have specific needs. Where these needs are identified before the enrolment process the Skills Force Australia will explore the options available to the student through the training and assessment. These may include but not limited to students with language, literacy and/or numeracy problems, or disabilities.

A certain level of language, literacy and numeracy requirements are needed to undertake this course. Specifically, students would need the ability to: Prepare a written incident report or provide information to enable preparation of an incident report (e.g. a first aid report); Communicate effectively and assertively in an incident; Use literacy and numeracy skills as required to read, interpret and apply guidelines and protocols.

Students also require appropriate level of senses (hearing, vision, and smell) to make accurate reports, check for dangers and apply appropriate injury management strategies.

If a person with specific needs meets essential entry requirements, Skills Force Australia will work with the student to make “reasonable adjustments” necessary for that student to perform their coursework.

These reasonable adjustments may include:

  • Changing methods of how assessment is conducted, in order achieve desired competency whilst still adhering to required performance and/or knowledge evidence required such as verbal recorded assessment rather than written.
  • Changing course delivery. For example, providing study notes or research materials in different formats (larger font, different font colour, black and white images etc…);

Please see the following resource for further information regarding assistance with Literacy and Numeracy within Australia:


Further Information: Please view our student handbook for any further information