Is your first aid or CPR certificate due for renewal? Well, here are four reasons you should renew it…

Thursday 09 February 6:33 PM

If it has been more than a year since you last completed first aid or CPR training you are likely due to renew at least the CPR component of your certificate.

Why should you keep your certificate current? Well, beyond various workplace and employment requirements, it is always good to refresh your first aid and CPR skills for a number of reasons.

I have forgotten what to do…

If, over the past 12 months, you haven’t had to use the skills you learned in you last first aid course, you may have forgotten some of what you learnt. It’s as simple as out of sight, out of mind.

As with most things, it’s always good to refresh your skills regularly, so when you need to use them you are confident to do so.

Things change…

As with all things, first aid treatments change over time. For example, over time the treatment for snake bites has changed, as has best practice CPR.

You could save someone you love…

I think we are all guilty of saying ‘I should do a first aid course one day’, but the reality is, unless we need to certificate for another reason such as work, we never actually attend a course.

Now is the time to stop procrastinating. Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere. Whether you are grocery shopping at the local IGA, or at the park with your children, you could be required to perform CPR or first aid. Wouldn’t you want to know what to do?

You need it for work…

Does your workplace have a first aid officer? The First Aid in the Workplace Code of Practice recommends that first aiders should attend training on a regular basis to refresh their first aid knowledge and skills, and to confirm their competence to provide first aid.

Alternatively, you could be on the look-out for a new job, or about to complete a placement for your nursing degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).

Stop wasting time and act now.

If you haven’t done training in the last year, it is probably time to refresh your CPR skills. You can book into HLTAID001 Provide Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation to refresh your skills and renew the knowledge required to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in line with the Australian Resuscitation Council Guidelines.

And how long has it been since you did a first aid course? Act now and book into your next HLTAID003 Provide First Aid course to learn all the necessary skills and knowledge required to provide first aid responses, life support, and management of casualties, the incident and other first aiders, until the arrival of medical or other assistance. 

By refreshing your first aid training, you ensure your skills are up-to-date with the latest knowledge and treatments methods.

A range of first aid, workplace health and safety, and construction and industry courses are available from Allens Training’s extensive partner network of more than 500 qualified trainers across Australia.

If you would like to book into a course and learn the appropriate first aid response for treating stings, you should book into a first aid course. To find a trainer near you, click on the Find Training in Your Area button on the Allens Training home page, enter your postcode in the search field, then choose from the list of trainers.

If you are interested in obtaining a quote for group training, please email quotes@allenstraining.com.au or phone 1300 559 064. 

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