First Aid Qualifications

Under the Education (Early Childhood Education) Regulations, ECE services are required to have a person available at all times with a recognised First Aid qualification.

To meet the First Aid requirements under 46(1)(a) of the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008, ECE services must meet the requirements outlined in the licensing criteria (HS25 for centre-based and kōhanga reo) and HS22 for home-based) which states:

    "There is an adult present at all times while children are attending who either:

  • holds a current First Aid qualification meeting the training requirements outlined by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority; or
  • is a registered medical practitioner or nurse with a current practising certificate; or
  • is a qualified ambulance officer or paramedic.

If a child is injured, any required first aid is administered or supervised by an adult meeting these qualification requirements."

Recognised First Aid Qualifications

The Ministry of Education recognises any First Aid qualification from courses that:

  1. are delivered by a trainer employed by a registered education organisation granted consent to assess first aid unit standards by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority; and
  2. cover the outcomes of the core health unit standards (6400, 6401 and 6402); or the first aid unit standards (26551 and 26552); or if you are operating a home-based ECE service, first aid for young children unit standard (25459); and
  3. meet the New Zealand Qualification Authority’s First Aid as a Life Skill - Training Requirements for Quality Provision of Unit Standard-based First Aid Training; and
  4. are evidenced by a certificate issued by the First Aid provider that is valid for a period of up to 2 years following qualification; and
  5. require a refresher course to be completed every 2 years to maintain the certificate as current.

New Zealand Qualifications Authority maintains the list of education organisations with consent to assess the required first aid unit standards.

Providers of unit standards 6400, 6401 and 6402 can be found on the Core Health page of the New Zealand Qualification Authority’s website.

Providers of unit standards 26551, 26552 and 25459 can be found on the First Aid page of the New Zealand Qualification Authority’s website.

Services under the 1998 Regulations

Anyone holding a current First Aid Qualification that meets the requirements of a recognised First Aid qualification (as detailed above), or a previously recognised qualification, can therefore be included in the count towards meeting 1998 regulation 25(3).

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know whether my First Aid qualification meets the 2008 Regulations?

To meet the 2008 Regulations, your First Aid course provider must be registered by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and hold the appropriate consent to assess against the core health or first aid unit standards. In addition your first aid course must meet the requirements of First Aid as a Life Skill - Training Requirements for Quality Provision of Unit Standard-based First Aid Training.

Recognised First Aid qualifications are either:

  • the core health unit standards (6400, 6401 and 6402); or
  • first aid unit standards (26551 and 26552); or
  • first aid for young children unit standard (25459) – for home-based ECE services only.

A list of education organisations with consent to assess against the unit standards is available on the New Zealand Qualification Authority’s website. An education organisation must be registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and have appropriate consent to assess for the required unit standards.

Is my current First Aid Qualification valid?

Anyone holding a current First Aid Qualification meeting the requirements above can be included in the count towards meeting 46(1)(a) of the 2008 Regulations.

My First Aid Qualification needs to be renewed; can I use the same First Aid course provider?

Early childhood education educators who need to renew their First Aid qualification are required to obtain their new certificate through a provider registered by, and with appropriate consent to assess from, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and whose course meets the New Zealand Qualifications Authority First Aid as a Life Skill - Training Requirements for Quality Provision of Unit Standard-based First Aid Training.

To ensure your First Aid provider still meets these requirements, you may wish to visit the New Zealand Qualifications Authority website to view the list of providers with consent to assess unit standards (6400, 6401 and 6402) or First Aid unit standards (26551 and 26552), or unit standard 25459 - for home-based services only.

I don’t currently have a First Aid Certificate; where can I find a list of courses?

Early childhood education educators currently wanting to get a First Aid Qualification are required to obtain a certificate from an education organisation offering First Aid training and assessment that is registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority maintains a list of education organisations with consent to assess the core health unit standards (6400, 6401 and 6402) or First Aid unit standards (26551 and 26552), or 25459 - for home-based services only.

Am I required to have a First Aid Certificate?

You may be required to hold a First Aid qualification if you work in an early childhood education service.

If your service is licensed under the Education (Early Childhood Centres) Regulations 1998 then:

"The licensee of a licensed centre must ensure that there is at the centre, at all times while children are attending, at least 1 staff member who holds a current first-aid certificate, or some other qualification recognised by the Secretary for the purpose."

If your service is licensed under the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008 the licensing criteria for your service type state:

"There is an adult present at all times while children are attending who either:

  • holds a current First Aid qualification meeting the training requirements outlined by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority; or
  • is a registered medical practitioner or nurse with a current practising certificate; or
  • is a qualified ambulance officer or paramedic.

If a child is injured, any required first aid is administered or supervised by an adult meeting these qualification requirements."


Last updated: 15 November 2013