First Aid Certificate Renew Victoria

How Often Should I Renew My First Aid Certificate?

In Australia, all First Aid Certificates should be refreshed every 3 years. Although they don't expire as such, this is to basically ensure your knowledge stays up-to-date and current. 

It's worth mentioning that for First Aid in the workplace, it is in fact regulated by the Government and has guidelines from Worksafe Victoria. In contrast, first aid for personal reasons isn't required by any regulations to be updated, although the same intervals are recommended.

  Course Code Workplace Reasons Personal Reasons Course Duration
First Aid Course HLTAID003 Renew every 3 years Renew every 3 years 1 Day
CPR Course HLTAID001 Renew every 12 months Renew every 12 months 4 Hours

Refreshing your First Aid Certifiation

For people that specifically require first aid for the workplace, the First Aid in the Workplace Code of Practice states that First Aiders must renew their qualification every three years from a course that is nationally recognised. This is in order to remain competent and to stay informed of any changes or new knowledge. If it has been more than three years since you have renewed your certificate, you must complete the full Provide First Aid course again. 

For anyone else wanting to do it for personal reasons - there is no regulation or code governing interval periods.

Refreshing your CPR Certification

Because the process for Providing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) requires the use of specific equipment like a defibrillator, and because it is a skill that is not regularly practiced, the Australian Resuscitation Council recommends the CPR qualification be renewed every year

What does it all mean?

Keeping your knowledge fresh and your First Aid and CPR skills sharp can undoubtedly save lives. This is why it is vital you keep your competency refreshed and current, as First Aid guidelines and techniques do change as a result of new research.