This page is intended to relate the COVID-19 Alert Level guidance specifically to the delivery of first aid training to provide the sector with common understanding of requirements. It covers expectations of actions at Alert Level 3 and Alert Level 2 as at 24 April 2020.

It has been put together by The Skills Organisation in partnership with the New Zealand Resuscitation Council, with input from the Association of Emergency Care Training Providers.

As further information comes to hand, this page may be amended further. Any replacement version will be made available on the Skills COVID-19 page and the NZ Resuscitation Council COVID-19 page.

What the different alert levels mean for you

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Alert Level 3 Guidance

Ministry of Education Guiding Principles for Tertiary Providers at Alert Level 3
  • Education facilities should continue providing education services under the principles below, in conjunction with more detailed guidance provided under Alert Level 3.
  • All teaching and other activities should be done remotely wherever possible.
  • Where it is not possible to deliver teaching online, some facilities may remain open (e.g. for research, post-graduate teaching, lab/workshops, or noho-based delivery).
  • Any class, workshops, etc., that remains open, must be limited to 10 people or less. Each group is considered a ‘bubble’ and should not interact with any other student/staff bubbles of 10.
  • Distance learning provision will be available for other students.
  • Physical distancing requirements must be met in all situations.
  • Student accommodation should remain open and in a position to provide appropriate support to allow students to self-isolate, as required.
  • Large classes or gatherings (of more than 10 people) are not allowed.
  • Workplace-based learning is subject to the policies and practices being applied to that type of workplace.
  • Vulnerable people (or those caring for/living with vulnerable people) should not carry out any on-site work or learning
  • Any educational facilities affected by COVID-19 will be closed for a specific period of time.
Guidance for First Aid Providers Alert Level 3

Teaching and Learning

  • Learning activities may be run in an online format where possible and knowledge acquisition may occur remotely. This needs to include evidence of how the activities contribute to the time requirements for first aid unit standards.
  • No face-to-face training should be undertaken.
  • Workplace-based and scenario learning that is on-site or face-to-face should not proceed, except in very limited circumstances (e.g. where a learner is working at an Essential Services, such as a Hospital, and that learning is directly related to the national COVID-19 response.) Any on-site workplace-based learning must be managed within the COVID-19 related restrictions being applied to that workplace.
  • Vulnerable people (or those caring for or living with vulnerable people) should not participate in any on-site work or learning.

Assessment

  • Online knowledge assessment may be conducted where possible. This needs to include evidence of how the activities contribute to the time requirements for first aid unit standards. Learners may be offered an acknowledgment of their achievement.
  • Practical assessment should not be conducted and should be deferred until Alert Level 2 (or lower for vulnerable people).

Certificates

  • Full First Aid Certificates should not be provided until after the deferred practical assessment is conducted in Alert Level 2.
  • Refreshers Online – acknowledgement of achievement should be clearly delineated as online knowledge only refresher training. It should not look the same as usual first aid certificates where CPR and choking have been refreshed and demonstrated.
  • We recommend the full first aid refresher certificate is given after deferred assessment of practical skills in Alert Level 2.

Alert Level 2 Guidance

Ministry of Education Guiding Principles for Tertiary Providers at Alert Level 2
  • Tertiary education facilities open, with arrangements made for vulnerable staff, students and students still located in a region with a higher alert level. Additional guidance would be issued for that scenario.
  • Most activities are allowed but must be managed to ensure physical distancing requirements are met.
  • Gatherings of 100 people or more are not allowed.
  • Remote teaching/learning arrangements should remain available for all students (e.g. for vulnerable students), and all students/staff must be in a position to move to fully remote delivery on 24 hours’ notice.
  • Vulnerable people (or those caring for/living with vulnerable people) should not carry out any on-site work or learning.

The term “Vulnerable people” used in this table refers to anyone over age 70, those who are immune-compromised or have pre-existing conditions like heart conditions and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and pregnant women.

Guidance for First Aid Providers Alert Level 2

Teaching and Learning

Given the physical nature of First Aid Training, the following activities are allowed but must be strictly managed to ensure the requirements of 1-metre physical distancing and the ability to contact trace if required:

  • Strict hygiene should be maintained by all instructors and learners and for all training equipment.
  • Classes and workshops may continue ensuring 1-metre physical distancing requirements are met. This may require small classes and workshops of 10 people or less.
  • Workplace-based learning and scenarios that are on-site or face-to-face may proceed. Any on-site workplace-based learning must be managed within the COVID-19 related restrictions being applied to that workplace.
  • Entry to refresher training can use a 5 month grace period until the end of July 2020 (period may yet change).
  • Where learners are attending for a deferred assessment, sufficient practice and refresher time needs to be provided.
  • Vulnerable people (or those caring for/living with vulnerable people) should not participate in any on-site work or learning.

Assessment

  • On-line knowledge assessment may be conducted where possible.
  • Knowledge assessment and practical assessment may be carried out on-site if 1-metre physical distancing requirements are met.
  • For CPR assessment, alternative means of assessing competence of rescue breaths still applies. Further explanation here
  • Where learners are undertaking deferred assessment, allocate sufficient practice and refresher time prior to the assessment.

Ensure too, that the knowledge component completed online was authentically completed by the person attending for the practical assessment. This may involve additional questioning.

  • Any workplace-based examinations or assessments must be carried out in line with the policies and practices being applied to that type of workplace.
  • Vulnerable people (or those caring for/living with vulnerable people) should not participate in any on-site assessment.

Certificates

  • Full First Aid Certificates may be provided to learners who meet the requirements of the unit standards, including CPR – including anyone who met the standard in 2 stages through deferred assessment.
  • Refresher Certificates may be provided to learners who meet the requirements, including CPR – including anyone who met the standard in 2 stages through deferred assessment.