Course Outline

This course is delivered using blended learning and includes theoretical and practical tasks. Students are required to participate in all course elements, providing them an opportunity to practice and refine their skills prior to assessment. The course structure involves simulated real life scenarios which could appear in the community and/or workplace settings. This allows students to demonstrate application of their skills and knowledge. The following outlines the content to be covered in the classroom environment:

  • Pre-course work – online learning.
  • DRSABCD and Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation .
  • Practical scenarios for Providing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.
  • Injury reporting.
  • Multiple choice assessment.


Upon completion of this training, students will receive a Statement of Attainment for HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation within 30 days via PDF and/or hard copy, as per the Australian Skills Quality Authority regulations of successful course completion.


To enrol, students must be a minimum of 14 years of age. Children under 14 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis upon application to their local SMA state branch (in the state where the course is to be held). This ensures the student has the necessary skills to undertake training and assessment requirements.


New or continuing students undertaking nationally recognised training need a USI to receive a qualification/statement of attainment for this unit. USI will provide access to an online record of training since January 1, 2015 and allow comprehensive training transcripts to be produced More. An enrolling student should enter their existing USI.

If you do not have a USI, please click here to create one in a new window (takes about 3 minutes).

Delivery Mode/Duration

Mode 1: Combination of face-to-face and online learning

For students who do not hold a current HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation accreditation or are a first time student to this unit:

  • 3 hours face-to-face training and assessment
  • 3 modules of online learning need to be undertaken prior to the course. This is assumed knowledge needed prior to attending the face-to-face training and must be completed before attending the assessment training.
Mode 2: Combination of face-to-face and pre-course workbook

For students who do not hold a current HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation accreditation or are a first time student to this unit:

  • 3 hours face-to-face training and assessment
  • 3 modules of pre-course training need to be completed as part of a workbook. It is expected that students will undertake this workbook prior to the training.

Recognition of Prior Learning

SMA provides a recognition of prior learning pathway for this course. Recognition of prior learning is available to those students who can provide other evidence that they can demonstrate the skills, knowledge and experience described by the unit. For example, a current AHPRA registration as medical practitioner, nurse or physiotherapist. Please note, that those students that can provide this evidence must still complete the assessment only pathway referred to in Mode 3. If you believe you are eligible for recognition of prior learning, please contact SMA.


Students will be assessed individually and in group activities. Students need to display competency in all assessable elements to successfully complete the unit package HLTAID001 accreditation. Assessment is conducted using the following methods:

  • Scenario assessment – Students are required to demonstrate the essential skills and knowledge to respond to a range of first aid or emergency situations, including scenarios aligned with the performance criteria required for this program.
  • Demonstration of Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation procedures – Students will demonstrate Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation on SMA training manikins – adult, child and infant – in line with the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) Guidelines.
  • Written questions – Students must complete a multiple choice assessment task, either as a group exercise or individually, with a 100% pass rate required.

Course Resources

Students are provided with a link to the online learning program via email upon registration or 10 working days before commencement of the course. Students are required to undertake this pre-learning prior to attending the face-to-face training. Students DO NOT need to print out a completion certificate as SMA has access to the online learning portal.

The following equipment is provided to students during face-to-face training:

  • PowerPoint presentation that is interactive, includes videos and is customised to include real life first aid and Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation examples and scenarios.
  • Adult and infant resuscitation manikins in line with ARC Guidelines for the assessment of Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation procedures.
  • AED training device.
  • Workplace injury, trauma and/or illness record, or other appropriate workplace incident report forms for written reports.

Special Needs and LLN Reasonable Adjustment

Sports Medicine Australia recognises that students participating in its training courses may have special needs. These may include but are not limited to students with language, literacy and/or numeracy problems, or disabilities. Students with special needs should Contact Us prior to enrolment too discuss their needs.

Behaviour Expectations

SMA endeavours to provide a learning environment which is supportive of group and individual learning. To achieve this requires support from all students, presenters and course convenors. It is therefore expected that students will behave in a manner which is respectful of fellow students and sports medicine staff.


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