First Aid Extension

First aid qualifications

On 1 September, in recognition of the difficulty in accessing first aid refresher training courses the Secretary for Education exercised her power under Regulation 39A(3)(g) to: 

  • allow a first aid certificate that expired on or after 1 August 2021 to be considered current/valid for the purposes of first aid requirements in the licensing criteria (HS25 for centre-based services and ngā kōhanga reo; HS 22 for home-based services) until 1 December 2021.  

Auckland, Northland and parts of the Waikato

Recognising the continued difficulty faced by services in regions who have either been continuously in restrictions under Alert Level 3 since August or have moved in and out of Alert Level 3 since August (that is, Auckland, Northland and parts of the Waikato) the Secretary has exercised her power under Regulation 39A(3)(g) to:

  • allow a first aid certificate that expired on or after 1 August 2021 to continue to be considered current/valid for the purposes of first aid requirements in the licensing criteria (HS25 for centre-based services and ngā kōhanga reo; HS 22 for home-based services) until 1 March 2022, for these regions only.

Service providers do not need to contact the Ministry for approval to access this exemption, however they must attest in writing to the current first aid knowledge of these staff and retain this documentation.  

Playcentres do not need to contact the Ministry for approval to access this exemption, however they must attest in writing to the current first aid knowledge of these members, retain this documentation and send it to your Regional Funding Administrators (document below). 

This can be done by asking the member a few questions – the question bank template is below or you could use this website to find questions and appropriate answers: https://www.stjohn.org.nz/first-aid/first-aid-library/. Ideally someone with current first aid to ask the questions or ask CA for support.  You are looking for them to answer competently and confidently.

If you have any queries, please contact your Regional Office.