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Equivalent first aid certificates

Learn your options for fulfilling the mandatory requirement to hold a first aid, or equivalent qualification, on a regulated Australian vessel.

The National Standard for Commercial Vessels Part D, Crew Competencies requires that you hold a certificate that meets the requirements of the HLTFA unit of competency Apply first aid, or another certificate that we consider to be equivalent.

HLTFA0311A Apply first aid has been replaced by HLTAID003 Provide first aid.

The following certificates are also equivalent to the HLTFA unit of competency Apply first aid:

  1. A current certificate of practice in pre hospital care (ambulance) or a diploma or degree in paramedicine (paramedic).
  2. A current IMCA Diver medic technician certificate.
  3. A current certificate of registration under the Medical Board of Australia as a medical practitioner.
  4. A current APRHA certificate of registration as a nurse or midwife.
  5. A current Maritime and Coast Guard Agency, medical care on board ship certificate.
  6. A current HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting.
  7. A current HLTAID006 Provide advanced first aid certificate.
  8. A current HLTFA412A Apply advanced first aid certificate.
  9. A current HLTFA402C Apply advanced first aid certificate.
  10. A current HLTAID005 Provide first aid in remote situations certificate.
  11. A current HLTFA302C Provide first aid in remote situations certificate.
  12. A current New Zealand Maritime School Certificate of proficiency in medical first aid in accordance with provisions of regulation VI/1 paragraph 1 (section A VI/4-1) of STCW ’78.
  13. An Elementary first aid STCW VI/1 and code section A-V1/1, table A-VI/1-3 certificate.
  14. Medical first aid STCW VI/4 (1) and code section A-VI/4 paragraphs 1 to 3.
  15. Medical care on board ship STCW VI/4 (2) and code section A-VI/4 paragraphs 4 to 6.
  16. A current New Zealand First aid certificate unit standards 6400, 6401, 6402 – or refresher training certificate unit standards 6400, 26551, 26522.
  17. A current Certificate IV in hyperbaric operations (Diver medical technician).

Important Disclaimer

These instructions are summary information only. We make decisions about seafarer certificates under Marine Order 505 (Certificates of competency — national law) 2013 and the National Standard for Commercial Vessels Part D, Crew Competencies. Please refer to these documents for full details of eligibility and other requirements for certificate applications.

Last updated: 21 December 2017
Last reviewed: 21 December 2017