Provide Basic Emergency Life Support HLTAID002

Information about this course:

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide first aid response, life support, management of casualty(s), the incident and other first aiders, until the arrival of medical or other assistance. This course is suitable for those students requiring workplace first aid skills. This course was previously called Level 1 first aid.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Target audience:

Those who are required to provide an emergency first aid response in a workplace.

Award Issued:

Students who successfully complete this nationally recognised training will be awarded the statement of attainment for:


  • HLTAID002 Provide basic emergency life support

The statement of attainment will be issued by Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909

Initial Course duration:

Mixed Mode: Completion of pre-course study plus 5 hours practical training

Face to Face: 6 hours face to face training

Refresher Course duration:

Mixed Mode: Completion pre-course study plus 3 hours practical training

Face to Face: 5 hours face to face training

Pre course study options:

Online training: You can complete our online learning program by creating an account and then working through all of the lessons and completing the quiz at the end of each lesson. You will need to print out a copy of the online completion certificate and take it along to your practical session.


The pre course study includes 37 multi choice questions. You must take the online completion print out with you to the training course.


Skills and Knowledge

Performance Evidence

The candidate must show evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the job role.

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 compressions
  • followed the prompts of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Applied first aid procedures for the following conditions:

  • allergic reactions
  • anaphylaxis
  • asthma
  • cardiac arrest
  • choking and airway obstruction
  • severe bleeding
  • shock

Provided an accurate verbal report of the incident.

Responded to at least one simulated emergency scenario contextualised to the candidate’s workplace/community setting.

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 provision of CPR and first aid
  • 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 basic emergency life support, including:

  • airway obstruction due to body position
  • appropriate duration and cessation of CPR
  • appropriate use of an AED
  • chain of survival
  • standard precautions

Principles and procedures for management of the following:

  • severe allergic and anaphylactic reactions
  • severe bleeding
  • chest pain and cardiac arrest
  • acute asthmatic episode
  • shock

Basic anatomy and physiology relating to:

  • absence of normal breathing
  • anatomy of the external chest
  • physiology relating to response/consciousness
  • upper airway anatomy and effect of positional change
  • anatomy and physiology considerations in provision of first aid for specified conditions


HLTAID002 – $90