Certificate II in Emergency Medical Service First Response

This qualification covers workers who provide first response care in line with Australian Resuscitation Council Guidelines. This involves provision of first aid care.

Occupational titles may include:

Community based first responder

Volunteer first aider

Emergency medical responder

EMS first responder

Workplace first responder



9 units of competency are required for this qualification, including:

6 core units

3 elective units

A wide range of elective units is available, including:

Relevant electives listed below

Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Health and/or Community Services Training Packages

Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, up to 2 units of competency packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in other relevant Training Packages or accredited courses where the details of those courses are available on the NTIS or other public listing

Core units

add topic BSBWOR203A Work effectively with others

add topic HLTFA301C Apply first aid

add topic HLTFA402C Apply advanced first aid (Note pre-requ: add topic HLTFA301C )

add topic HLTHIR301B Communicate and work effectively in health

add topic HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures

add topic HLTOHS200B Participate in OHS processes

The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice

All workers undertaking work in health need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Health Training Package.

Relevant electives

Elective units of competency may be selected in line with the Packaging Rules outlined above. The following sample selection of electives may facilitate a pathway towards higher-level qualifications involving direct client care.

add topic BSBMED301B Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately

add topic CHCAC318B Work effectively with older people

add topic CHCCS400B Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework

add topic CHCDIS301B Work effectively with people with a disability

add topic HLTAMBFC301C Communicate with clients and colleagues to support health care

add topic HLTAMBT301B Transport non-emergency clients under operational conditions

add topic HLTAP301B Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context

add topic HLTFA302B Provide first aid in remote situation


    Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills

Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries