HRETDs first aid level 1 training course details
First aid level 1: Perform basic
life support and first aid procedures
SAQA unit standard: 119567
Field: Health Sciences and Social Services
NQF level:  01 (5 credits)
Maximum learners per group: Ten learners
Novice training duration: Two days
Re-certification training duration: One day
HRETDs first aid level 1 training course details
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HRETD offers training in the SADC regions and beyond
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Training requirments
Advanced driving
Crane operations
Lift trucks
Lifting operations
Earthmoving plant
Construction plant
Construction site safety
Health and safety
Confined space entry
Fire fighting level 1
Fire fighting level 2
First aid level 1
First aid level 2
First aid level 3
General housekeeping
Handling HAZMAT
Health and safety rep
Hot work permissions
Incident investigation
Legal liability
Lockout and isolation
OHS in depth
OHS overview
Permit to work systems
Stacking & storing
Working at heights
ISO standards
Dangerous goods
Tools & powertools
Landscaping tools
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Included in this mutimedia training programme Our first aid level 1 training course aims to install learners with the required basic medical knowledge and skills to assess and respond to emergency situations, as well as to provide basic life support and stabilise casualties/patients prior to transfer to emergency services.

Learners credited with the First Aid Level 1 unit standard will be able to assess and eliminate the immediate dangers present in an emergency scene, demonstrate understanding of certain elements of anatomy and physiology, apply first response procedures to life-threatening situations and treat common injuries. It is highly recommended that learners are found competent in this unit standard before embarking on First Aid Level 2 training.

Entry requirements

Grade 9 certificate or equivalent qualification.

For any queries regarding the requirements and conditions of first aid level 1 training, contact our skills development advisor for more information.

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First aid level 1 training

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Course content

Emergency scene management

We take learners through maintenance of personal safety in terms of injury and infectious disease prevention, safeguarding of the emergency scene, safeguarding of the injured person and the implications of rendering first aid in terms of the relevant medical legislation.

Elementary anatomy and physiology

This module deals with the bodily systems most likely to be affected in the workplace, such as the musculoskeletal, respiratory, circulatory and nervous systems, among others. We go through how impairment of these systems may physically manifest, allowing for ease of emergency diagnosis.

Assessing an emergency situation

We show learners how to assess and handle an emergency situation; identifying the contributing factors which led to the emergency, checking vital signs of casualties and prioritising the most severe injuries while preventing further injury. We also go over injury diagnosis and assessment of the first aid required.

Apply first aid in a life-threatening situation

We take learners through the appropriate first aid to be administered according to the situation; we take learners through the contents of a standard workplace first aid kit, as well as showing how to use readily-available materials, in case medical supplies are unavailable, to treat immediate threats and prevent further complications and/or infection, according to the needs of the casualty, current practices and accepted procedures. We also go over how to perform cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and artificial respiration.

Treat common injuries

This module identifies and describes a wide range of physical injuries and conditions according to their severity, respective causes and possible treatments, as well as preventative measures to be taken. We also take learners through handover to medical authority in the event of severe injury.

Assessment methods

We conduct a formative theoretical assessment at the beginning of the course to gauge the learner’s initial understanding (novices only). At the end of the training, a summative theoretical and practical application assessment is conducted, to find if the learner is competent; if not, additional developmental areas are identified and suggested.

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Accredited by the HWSETA and the Department of Labour

Training programme accreditation

This training programme is registered and accredited by the Health & Welfare Sector Education Training Authority (HW SETA) and Department of Labour in accordance with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) unit standard 119567: Perform Basic Life Support and First Aid Procedures.

HRETD certification policy

Provided that the entry requirements have been met, and the learner found competent to perform basic life support and first aid procedures, the candidate will be issued with a certificate of competence that is valid for two years. Records are externally moderated quarterly by the Health and Welfare Sector Education Authority (HW SETA) and Department of Labour for quality and compliance purposes.

HRETD offers training programmes, from short skills courses to train the trainer courses. We specialise in legal compliance training that is accredited with the TETA and CETA when it comes to technical training, operator training, in service training and onsite training. Our assessors and facilitator trainers responsible for assessment, recertification and certification offer effective training that is Cost effective, competitively priced and affordable in the SADC region including Namibia. We also offer course development. For the transport and logistics industry we offer driver training, advanced driver training and Dangerous goods by road training, as well as diesel locomotive shunting and Fuel bowser training. Rigid heavy vehicle, tip truck, vehicle combination and Water cart training are also offered. When it comes to crane operations training, the lifting machines we specialise in are Heavy cranes and Mobile cranes, as well as Mobilifts, Cabin Overhead cranes, Pendant Overhead cranes and Single girder hoists. We also do Telescopic materials handler, sometimes called Telehandlers and Truck mounted cranes, sometimes called HIAB and Tower cranes. We train on a variety of lift trucks and forklift including counterbalanced lift truck, Advanced defined purpose lift trucks, defined purpose lift trucks and Side loader lift trucks. We also do rough terrain lift trucks, Reach trucks and Pedestrian stackers. Besides these, we also train on order pickers, Side loaders, Very narrow aisle lift trucks and Rail mounted stackers. We give a variety of lifting equipment and lifting operations training including Basic rigging, Banksman and Lifting equipment inspection. We also offer Safe lifting practise training. When it comes to earthmoving plant, we do articulated dump trucks, Concrete dumpers, Excavators and Face shovels. Also offered is Front end loaders, Graders and Rigid dump trucks. We specialise in training for Scrapers, Skid steer loaders and TLBs. Other earthmoving training includes Track type dozers, Tractors and Wheeled dozers (bulldozers). Tractor loader backhoe and dumpers are also offered. Our construction plant training courses includes Asphalt pavers, MEWP (also called cherry picker or mobile elevating works platform), rock breaker and jackhammer, rollers (road rollers) and Tyre handler attachments. When it comes to scaffolding training, we give scaffolding erecting and scaffold inspection – basically scaffolding safety which complies with SANS 10085 – 2004. Our health and safety training includes Construction Regulations 2014 overview or in depth, Construction site flagman and Excavation safety inspection. We also do Ladder inspection, Site safety awareness and Working at heights (also referred to as heights safety or fall arrest as well as Accident/incident investigation and Confined space entry. We offer accredited Fire fighting level 1 and Fire fighting level 2, as well as accredited First aid level 1 and First aid level 2 training. Other safety training we offer is General housekeeping, Handling HAZMAT and Health and safety rep (also called SHE rep and SHEQ), permissions training such as Hot work permissions, Lockout and isolation (also called Lockout Tagout training) We cover the OHS in depth and we have an overview course. We provide Stacking and storing and Stacking and storing HAZMAT (Hazardous materials) training. We train in powertools safety (correctly written power tools) such as Angle grinders, Boilermaking techniques (and welding and arc cutting), Cut-off saws and general Workshop safety including hand tools. When it comes to landscaping (both horticulture and agricultural), we offer Brush cutters, Chainsaws and Lawnmower training.
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