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What to Consider When Choosing a First Aid Course
For a majority of people completing a First Aid course is to meet a work, university or volunteer requirement. In meeting this requirement we often search for a course that is convenient to where we live and is competitive on price. While these factors are important they don’t always provide the complete solution and may not always meet your needs. So here’s a list of other things to consider when choosing a First Aid course.
Check that the course is nationally accredited
A nationally accredited course is one that meets the standard as set out by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). All nationally accredited courses will have a course description followed by a course code. In the case of First Aid, its Provide First Aid HLTAID003, The training provider offering these courses must also be a registered training organization (RTO) or an accredited partner of an RTO.
Make sure the course meets your requirements
Before booking a course take to time to confirm the name and code of the course your workplace, university or club require you to take. For example, someone working in a childcare or early learning environment may be required to do a specific course, such as a “Childcare First Aid Course” rather than a Provide First Aid course.
What do other people are saying about the courses they attended
To avoid another “boring First Aid course” checkout the business customer reviews and ratings. You can find these on Google reviews as well as their Facebook page. For those organisations that pride themselves on customer feedback, you can often find a link to their customer reviews on their website.
Flexible booking systems
At times life can get in the way and you might need to reschedule your booking. so take the time to check our there refund and rescheduling policy before booking a First Aid course. Like airlines, some training organisations are flexible, while others can be less accommodating!
Training venue and size
Depending on the location of the training course you may need to also pay for parking. In the CBD all-day parking can cost anywhere from $20-$40 not to mention that the parking could be some distance from the venue.
Another factor to consider is the size of the training venue and the ratio of students to trainers. To ensure quality training, the ratio of trainers to students should generally not exceed 20:1. This provides students with plenty of room to move around during the practical training and provides the trainer with time to provide feedback to each student.
Most of the information can be gathered online however don’t be afraid to call a few training providers and ask them upfront these Questions! This will ensure your next First Aid Course is both rewarding and not another “boring First Aid Course!”.