As an employer, what are your first aid training obligations? What are the health and safety risks attached to your workplace? Find out from St John.

As a responsible employer, it’s important to ensure the safety of your employees when there’s an accident or emergency. Including St John first aid training in your workplace health and safety programme helps you to meet your obligations and show employees that you’re concerned about their wellbeing.

Some of our courses are specifically designed to meet the needs of workplace first aiders

Some of our courses are specifically designed to meet the needs of workplace first aiders

Identifying requirements for your workplace

Every workplace has different levels of risk. Before you can select first aid training courses and equipment for your workplace, you need to consult the Department of Labour’s online Good Practice Guide. Put together by the Department of Labour in consultation with a range of specialists, this guide provides a risk assessment tool that helps you to correctly identify first aid training requirements, the number of first aiders you’ll need and what type of first aid equipment you should have. We can also help you with this – just give us a call.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) also offers guidance on workplace first aid courses, as well as who can provide those courses. St John meets all of the NZQA requirements. Read a copy of the NZQA rules.

Choosing first aid courses

Once you’ve used the Good Practice Guide assessment tool, you can choose St John courses that will suit the needs of your workplace. We have regularly scheduled courses that are held at our premises throughout New Zealand. Alternatively, we can provide a course just for your employees, at your place or ours.

Some of our courses are specifically designed to meet the needs of workplace first aiders, for example:

  • First Aid Level One, the standard first aid course for the workplace, takes one day to complete and includes NZQA  unit standards 6401, 6402 (or by special arrangement 26551, 26552)
  • First Aid Level Two, a 12-hour course that includes NZQA unit standards 6400, 6401, 6402. Participants also receive a CPR practice manikin, DVD and St John First Aid Handbook
  • we also have courses specifically for electrical , maritime and dental/medical workers

Not sure which course to choose?
If you need help to choose the most appropriate course for your employees, call us on 0800 FIRST AID (0800 347 782).

Good Practice Guide information
Refer to the Department of Labour’s online Good Practice Guide, which includes an assessment tool to identify first aid training and equipment requirements at your workplace.


Book a scheduled course
First aid courses are held regularly at St John premises throughout New Zealand. Call us on 0800 FIRST AID (0800 347 782) or
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Enquire about a private course
Ask us about running a course especially for your group, either at your premises or ours.  Call us on 0800 FIRST AID (0800 347 782) or
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