The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care (PHEC) unit standards were recently reviewed and a suite of new unit standards were developed as a result. The development involved broad consultation with the sector to ensure that the standards align to the qualification outcomes and meet current and future needs. The PHEC certificate had been made up of the unit standards 14473, 25411 and 25412.  These have now been replaced with the 'Provide basic emergency care certificate' (the unit standard 29321). 

The PHEC certificate was, and is still, a useful first step up from first aid.  The skills and knowledge learnt through gaining unit standard 29321 will gain you the PHEC certificate and also contribute towards the next step – the New Zealand Certificate.

The domain Pre-Hospital Emergency Care is expiring, and unit standard 29321 is in the domain Emergency Care – First Response.  This new domain lends its name to the next step up – the New Zealand Certificate in Emergency Care (First Responder) (Level 3). 

There are many training providers that can support you to gain the PHEC certificate.

First Responder

The New Zealand Certificate in Emergency Care (First Responder) (Level 3) is the final step on the community pathway and the first step on the ambulance pathway.  This qualification is useful to volunteers across many disciplines and to first responders in workplace settings.

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.

While programmes leading to the qualification may not include unit standards, if they do, Skills supports the use of the standards in the Emergency Care – First Response domain.  This domain provides 35 of the 40 credits needed.  An appropriate ethics standard will also need to be included, and unit standard 28542 is one that could be appropriate.

There are training providers with approved programmes leading to this qualification if you are interested in gaining recognition for these skills.