Course Overview

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the New Zealand public with individuals who are confident and competent to intervene as an emergency care first responder and sustain life until handover to advanced medical care can occur.

This qualification is suitable for individuals who wish to build on the skillsets attained in first aid certificates and/or gain further skills and credentials in emergency care first response. It incorporates the skills and knowledge represented by the Pre-hospital Emergency Care (PHEC) unit standards and their replacements.

Graduates will be capable of carrying out emergency care first responder roles with designated areas of responsibility and under broad guidance of an organisation.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Operate safely, lawfully, and ethically as an emergency care first responder.
  • Assess and manage medical or trauma conditions as an emergency care first responder.
  • Make decisions as an emergency care first responder, within agreed areas of responsibilities, accountability, and competence.
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively to achieve the best outcome as an emergency care first responder.


40 credits - 30 weeks part time study.

The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) under section 439 and 441 of the Education and Training Act 2020. 
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Why Choose Us?

Pro+Med (NZ) Ltd is a registered training establishment with NZQA. Learners are enrolled with the registered entity that is Pro+Med (NZ) Ltd who will report the credits to NZQA. Pro+Med (NZ) Ltd has a 2019 Category 2 Statement of confidence: Confident in educational performance and Confident in capability in self-assessment.