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 is delivered online with block courses. The first block course is only held in Porirua with subsequent courses available in Auckland, Palmerston North, Christchurch or Invercargill.

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

  • EC3001: Emergency Care (20 credits)
  • EC3002: Professional practice for first responders (10 credits)
  • EC3003: Manage complex emergency situations (10 credits)

Further study opportunities

Graduates may progress to the Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) (Level 7)

Entry criteria

NCEA level 1 or equivalent qualification/work experience and a current first aid certificate.

International students

IELTS 5.5 (no band lower than 5.0), or equivalent and a current first aid certificate.

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