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First aid requirements for temporary employment in government schools and preschools

Principals or preschool directors must ensure that staff are adequately trained to meet their site’s health and safety requirements. Teachers starting employment in a Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) site must have an approved first aid certificate. First aid requirements for permanent teachers is managed by the principal. 

Employable (temporary) teachers seeking employment

The department accepts any of the following certificates from employable (temporary) teachers seeking employment.

HLTAID002 Provide basic emergency life support (DECD BELS)

This course is the recommended and minimum first aid training requirement for teaching employment.

The provider is Australian Red Cross. Details of this course can be found at the Red Cross.

Alternative training options below should also be considered depending on the type of role you are seeking.

HLTAID002 Provide basic emergency life support

This course is also accepted by the department as the minimum first aid training requirement for employment. It can be done through any nationally recognised provider.

Applicants who already have this certificate meet the minimum requirements, however when applicants update their training they will need to complete the HLTAID002 BELS Provide basic emergency life support training with Australian Red Cross.

While it is not a stipulation, the Australian Resuscitation Council recommends that the CPR component of all first aid courses needs to be revisited every year.

HLTAID003 Provide First Aid (also known as Senior First Aid or Apply First Aid)

For those wishing to complete a more advanced level of training than the BELS, the HLTAID003 Provide First Aid is an option.

It is suitable for all departmental teaching staff, however it does not satisfy requirements for asthma and anaphylaxis management recommended for teachers seeking employment in an early childhood program.

HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting

The HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting course is the best option for teachers seeking employment in an early childhood program. It satisfies the requirements for asthma and anaphylaxis management and may increase employment options.

As an alternative, if someone already has Apply or Provide First Aid training, they can complete additional anaphylaxis and asthma training.

This will make up the recommended training for a teacher in an early childhood program. These additional courses are available online from various providers (PDF 138KB).

Employable (temporary) ancillary workers and support staff seeking employment

A first aid qualification is not required to be employed as an ancillary worker in the department.

Early childhood regulations

The department strongly recommends that temporary Early Childhood Workers (ECWs) or School Services Officers (SSOs) seeking employment in an early childhood program consider gaining the HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting training to improve their employment opportunities.

As an alternative, if someone already has Apply or Provide First Aid training, they can complete additional anaphylaxis and asthma training. This will make up the recommended training required in early childhood programs. These additional courses are available online from various providers (PDF 138KB).

Costs

The Australian Red Cross standard costs are as follows:

  • HLTAID002 is $110
  • HLTAID003 is $180
  • HLTAID004 is $240.

Applicants with a current authority to teach or work letter (approved or not approved) are entitled to discounted fees of $95 for HLTAID002 and $120 for HLTAID003 and HLTAID004.

The letter must be provided to the Australian Red Cross on the day of the training to qualify for the discounted fees.

Contact

Recruitment and compliance

Phone: 8226 1356
Email: DECDRecruitment [at] sa.gov.au