Frequently asked questions
Maintaining your first aid qualifications during COVID Lockdown in NSW
ACECQA are highly recommending delaying the completion of practical components of the first aid during lockdown. Vital First Aid supports this action and have adapted our course to provide the option of completing online learning / assessment and then attending a face-to-face class after lockdown when it is truly safe to attend such a course. We will issue a Statement of Completion for the online learning/ assessment which should satisfy the requirements of your employment when combined with evidence of a full face-to-face course booking.
We suggest contacting ACECAQ directly to discuss options if your centre has no staff members who are fully certified in first aid – waivers are available especially if the centre can show that staff are booked into a course and have completed formal online learning and assessment modules showing currency of knowledge.
State and Territory Health Depts should be accessed for the most current of information on COVID restrictions within your area.
- If you have any cold/flu symptoms you MUST NOT attend any form of training
- If you have tested positive for COVID-19 you must self isolate as per Dept of Health guidelines
- If you are classified as a CLOSE CONTACT you must not attend any training and must follow the Dept of Health guidelines
- Physical distancing should be maintained during all training where possible
- Face masks must be worn where required by the Dept of Health
- failure to abide by these requirements will result in removal from the course
- Most of the “club” venues such as RSL clubs etc will most likely require people entering the venue to be vaccinated against COVID 19. It is your responsibility to ensure you have appropriate evidence of vaccination available – no refund will be provided if you are unable to demonstrate the entry requirements for any venues we use for courses
- Senior trainers at Vital First Aid as well as our compliance officer have completed the Dept of Health Infection Control Training COVID 19, to ensure everyone is safe while completing a course with us.
- Excluding any students that appear to be unwell or who should be self isolating.
- Rescue Breaths during CPR on the manikin are not required during COVID 19 pandemic.
- Removed desks from the training room which has reduced hard surfaces that students could have come in contact with
- Using IOS Iphone or Android app for defibrillator training – every student can have their own defibrillator trainer
- All practical elements modified to enable students to demonstrate the tasks on themselves or from a distance of 1.5m from another student
- ample alcohol based wipes
- hand washing facilities
If you are unwell with any type of “cold or flu” we would request out of respect to everyone in the class that you do not attend, it would be better that you ring the office and re-book the course attendance.
Anyone who has travelled overseas in the last 14 days, and/or anyone self-isolating or who has been in close contact with a person who is suspected or confirmed as having COVID-19, must not attend a course with us as per the current Health Dept guidelines.
Vital First Aid has more than 20 years of experience in the industry and uses trainers with an extensive paramedical background. First Aid courses are written and designed by Intensive Care Paramedics giving them true to life content.
Absolutely. Being an RTO gives you the confidence that our courses are genuine, our policies are fair, and you will be dealing with a reputable organisation.
Yes, we have many clients across Australia and Asia Pacific who we have conducted on-site courses for. Just ask, we will be able to assist you.
We understand that “stuff” happens which can make you late to a course. Prior to the actual course commencing there is some essential legislated content that we must go thru with you. As such, late students will unfortunately normally be turned away. We totally understand that this would be very frustrating but please don’t blame the trainer – our accrediting body ASQA is very strict about ensuring students are fully aware of all of the legislated aspects of the course before they begin. So that you are not stressed please try and arrive at least 15 minutes early and leave extra time on wet days.
If you are turned away or realise that you will be late just call our office ( weekdays after 930am ) and re-book.
We send e-certificates with various forms of security built in to ensure that they cannot be fraudulently changed. If you need a copy, simply log into the student portal on our website and download a copy. This is NO CHARGE FOR THIS. If it has been less than 2 weeks since your course, simply click on the workshop you attended in your Learner Portal. This will take you to the “workshop” and have a download button for the certificate. If it has been longer than 2 weeks, click on “Past Activities”, select the workshop you attended and then the link to download the certificate.
If you need proof of successful completion on the day of the course just ask the trainer. They can provide you with a form that is like an interim certificate.
Our new certificates come with a QR code which can be scanned to verify their authenticity. You can also use this link to verify your certificate – VERIFY CERTIFICATE
No ! We’ve been running public courses for over 20 years and proud to say that we have never cancelled a course due to low numbers. We feel that’s its better to run a course even for just one person, than to cancel that course and have an unhappy customer.
Yes, but it seems that nearly all first aid training companies claim that they conduct training for companies like McDonalds, ACCOR Hotel group, NSW Police etc etc. We have, and continue to conduct first aid training for many large national and international organisations but we feel that the fact that we have been around for such a long time means more than naming a few high profile companies.
We can do this – just let the office know when you book into a course or the trainer during the course. We don’t charge for this however, unlike many other companies.
First Aid training is GST free
Things come up and we understand that., as long as you give us at least 3 business days notice you can reschedule your course at no charge.
Firstly ” fail ” is not a word we use in modern adult education. Our trainers are extremely experienced and will work with you to try and achieve competency. This may not always be possible but we will try our very best.
Not really. There are a few things that you need to do and some things that you should do. We can help you out with this.
Your CPR should be refreshed every 12 months – we will send you out a reminder via email.
Your Provide First Aid should be refreshed every 3 years, again, we will send email reminders for you.
You should at least review CPR and how to apply slings regularly – our YouTube channel has great videos to help you do this.
We also feel that we should assist you in all things first aid even after you have completed a course – if you have any questions or concerns in relation to the application of first aid please call us.
What about first aid kits? What do I need?
We can certainly assist with this area, just call our office.
The owner of Vital First Aid, Adrian, has been working with defibs for more than 30 years. He was involved with the roll-out of the HeartsStart 3000 ( the defibs donated by Kerry Packer in the late 80’s ) and still actively promotes the need for defibrillators in Australia.
Our focus in Vital First Aid is training, not sales, this simply means that we can give expert advice on defibs not based on “profits” but based on genuine knowledge and understanding of what’s best for you.
To be honest, they are cheaper. Typically though, the people that attend the very cheap courses only go once……We try and keep our prices as low as we can whilst ensuring our standards are as high as possible. This is why a huge number of our clients are returning customers, in fact nearly 60% of attendees in courses have done one of our courses in the past.