New Zealand Certificate in Emergency Care (First Responder) (Level 3)

Work in first responder roles in ambulances or settings such as outdoor education, marine, industrial and volunteer rescue. Sustain life until advanced medical care is available, learn to assess and manage medical trauma, and manage complex emergencies. You must hold a current first aid certificate.

 Learn how to confidently and competently intervene as an emergency care first responder and sustain life until handover to advanced medical care can occur.

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

Work in emergency care first responder roles in a variety of settings such as ambulance, outdoor recreation, marine, industrial and volunteer rescue. 


Programme outline:

This programme consists of three courses which have specific emphasis on developing emergency care first responder skills, attitudes and knowledge:

  • EC3001: Emergency Care (20 credits) - ENROLLING NOW 
  • EC3002: Professional practice for first responders (10 credits) - offered 7 January 2019
  • EC3003: Manage complex emergency situations (10 credits) - offered 7 January 2019

This programme is delivered online with block courses. 

Further study opportunities:

Graduates may progress to New Zealand Diploma in Ambulance Practice (Level 5) or Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) (Level 7)

Entry Criteria:

All students must hold a current First Aid Certificate before the first assessment is undertaken. 

NCEA level 1 or equivalent qualification/work experience.

International students:

IELTS 5.5 (no band lower than 5.0), or equivalent.

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