Training and guidance

Become a workplace first aider

First aiders provide initial emergency treatment and life support for people suffering injury or illness.

First aiders are appointed by supervisors in each area. If you would like to become a first aider (including for fieldworks), please discuss the opportunity with your supervisor. First aiders must hold a current Provide Frist Aid certificate. Please also inform your building's Chief Warden and your local Health and Safety Business Partner who needs to include your details on building emergency information posters.

It is recommended that you familiarise yourself with Emergency Information, Incident and Hazard Reporting and the locations of defibrillators around campus.


First aid courses

First aid training prepares you with the knowledge and skills to provide emergency pre-hospital care to injured or ill persons. Consult your Health and Safety Business Partner for advice on choosing the right course. The available first aid training sessions include:

  • Provide First Aid (includes CPR) – HLTAID003
  • Provide Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) refresher – HLTAID001
  • Remote Area First Aid – HLTAID005

The minimum qualification requirement for a workplace first aider is Provide First Aid. Yearly CPR refresher is recommended, but not compulsory. If you are signing up to Provide First Aid, you don't need to book into CPR refresher course in the same time.

How to enrol

Log onto TrainME and enrol in an available session.

If you have enrolment questions, please see the frequently asked questions page for assistance.

Mental health training for staff

Counselling & Psychological Services (CAPS) provide a range of mental health training for staff at the university. Visit the Counselling & Psychological Services website for details.

Cost of participation

Continuing, fixed term and casual employees of The University of Melbourne, who are nominated as a first aider by their supervisor, have access to this funded training. For training dates, enrolment and session information please navigate to the TrainME course catalogue. Please note that managerial approval is required for this training, and any first aid training by other providers cannot be reimbursed. If you are having issues with the enrolment, please visit the TrainME support page.

If you are not a nominated workplace first aider, or you are an employee/member of an entity affiliated with the University (eg. UMSU, GSA, Student Clubs, UoM subsidiary companies) or a student and would like to join a training session, please email stating the date and course you wish to attend. The request and subsequent booking needs to be made at least 7 days prior to the training date. We have negotiated with the supplier to pass on our corporate prices of $45 for CPR training and $90 for Provide First Aid. The supplier will send you (or an email you nominate) an invoice directly for payment.

Training Dates

First aid dates are available in TrainME, all CPR refresher sessions for 2020 are cancelled.