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Changes to the First Aid Units. Here’s What You Need to Know

Changes to RTO First Aid Units

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Whether you’re in the medical field, construction field, or a regular citizen, knowing the basics of providing First Aid in cases of emergency is essential.

First Aid requirements for workers are applicable across all industries. Millions of people complete First Aid training yearly for personal development or job requirements. In 2020 alone, there were 3,031,095 subject enrolments for First Aid units of competency.

As of October 2020, the HLTAID units were updated with newer versions published on training.gov.au. This significant change affected thousands of students all over the country.

Read on to learn more about the change and what your RTO can do to make the most of it.

What’s New with the First Aid Training Products?

These were the approved HLT Health training package products by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) last 12 August 2020 and released on training.gov.au on 16 October 2020.

One Skill Set:

Eight Units of Competency:

Many RTOs needed to transition to the latest First Aid products because of these updates done to the units:

  • More aligned with industry best practices and current regulations
  • Ensure that the scope and extent of its content meet industry expectations
  • Ensure to tackle specific areas (e.g., asthma and anaphylaxis)
  • Address the role of mental health support in providing First Aid

Why was this training package update important?

By legislation, all organisations in Australia are required to know First Aid for Work Health and Safety or Occupational Health and Safety purposes.

Depending on your industry or jurisdiction, training requirements vary for First Aid, and there are also no qualifications in this sector. Only eight units of competency and a First Aid Skill Set are packaged in the HLT Health Training Package.

These units of competencies are some of the most common. These units of competencies are some of the most common. They are used in almost every training package in the national register, two of which have the highest number of enrolments:

  • HLTAID001 – Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (over 1,345,670 subject enrolments)
  • HLTAID003 – Provide first aid (under 930,740 subject enrolments)

If you offer training for these training packages, this update is likely relevant to you:

  • Community Services
  • Sport, Fitness and Recreation
  • Health
  • Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management
  • Property Services
  • Tourism, Travel and Hospitality
  • Resources and Infrastructure
  • Electrotechnology
  • Public Safety
  • Maritime

The Next Steps Your RTO Must Take

Here are the actions you need to take to make the most of this update.

Have the latest versions of the HLT resources added to your scope.

Since First Aid is one of the most popular training package products in the VET sector, there is massive market potential. Also, offering superseded units is risky, especially if the current versions are already published on training.gov.au.
Unless the superseded version is the required unit to be delivered under a particular qualification’s packaging rules, you must offer the most up-to-date version. You don’t want to become what every RTO fears at audit – critically non-compliant.

Get the latest HLT resources written to the new unit requirements.

Your training materials should be at par with industry standards and regulations. After purchasing these HLT RTO materials, make sure that you contextualise these to maintain compliance and meet your RTO’s needs.

Ensure that you successfully transferred your students to the newest versions.

Make sure you no longer have pending student enrolments under the superseded HLTAID units.

If you still need to purchase HLT RTO materials for the latest HLT Health training package, get in touch with us today. We have an extensive catalogue of HLTAID units for you to choose from:

Contact us now through email at enquiries@compliantlearningresources.com.au or give us a ring at 1300885484 to know more information about the new HLT resources. Learn more about our various RTO training materials by filling up the enquiry form!

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