First Aid Training

First Aid Training

Provide First Aid (1 day) and Remote First Aid (3 days)

The Provide First Aid course covers a broad range of topics to enable participants to confidently manage emergency situations and provide a first aid response to a casualty. It is suitable to both people in workplaces and members of the public who want training in first aid. The Provide First Aid courses offered through Scouts NSW and St John Ambulance (detailed below) cover all the normal content, but with an outdoors slant. The course accredits participants in the HLTAID003 “Provide First Aid” unit of competency. St John Ambulance also ran standard first aid courses at locations throughout NSW.

Alternatively, Bushwalkers who attend an additional two days can gain a St John Ambulance Remote First Aid certificate. The course accredits participants in the HLTAID005 “Provide first aid in remote situations” unit of competency.

Note: the St John Ambulance Remote First Aid course is not the same as the BSAR Remote Area First Aid courses that BSAR previously ran before it joined with NSW SES.


Provide First Aid (HLTAID003)

The Provide First Aid course (formerly Apply First Aid or Senior First Aid) has two components:

Pre-course learning. The pre-course on-line learning is a compulsory part of the course, and must be completed before you attend the face-to-face day. Theory content can be found on this link. This content will be in the theory assessment on the face-to-face day.

A 1 day face-to-face session. The focus of the practical day will be practical skills and assessment and a theory exam. There is no specific teaching of theory content on the face-to-face day – it is assumed all participants will have completed the on-line material.

Provide First Aid in Remote Situations (HLTAID005)

St John is not able to offer Remote First Aid courses at this time. The Remote First Aid course includes all the Provide First Aid content, plus additional modules covering first aid in situations where medical aid will be delayed. This course is designed to meet the first aid needs of bushwalkers, climbers, canyoners, cavers, 4WD enthusiasts, outdoor/adventure instructors, wilderness guides, Scout leaders or people who work and live in remote and/or isolated locations.


Belinda is an outdoor enthusiast and can often be seen out in the bush, in wild places. She is also a regular Navshield First Aider. She is a member of the Scouts NSW Division of St John Ambulance. In this particular course, Belinda places extra emphasis on treatment for typical outdoor injuries, particularly when medical assistance may be delayed.


  • The Provide First Aid and the Remote First Aid courses recommence in November 2020, followed by July and November 2021
  • Smaller number in the class (12) so please book early if you want to attend
  • If possible, enrol with someone from your household. This will help greatly with infection control during practical tasks because you will be able to practise on each other
  • The online theory component must be completed prior to the day. Click here.
  • Lots of infection control processes will be in place. We expect to go through a LOT of gloves!
  • You will not be able to share any food at morning/afternoon tea or lunch, so please come prepared with everything you will need to eat for the day and bring your own cup. An urn will be provided for hot water so that you can make your own coffee/tea. The venue is not close to a shop.

Course Dates

Remote First Aid courses were temporarily suspended due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. The Provide First Aid and Remote First Aid courses will recommence November. Phone 02 9745 8888 to find out if any of the proposed course dates are running or to register for a course. Courses run 8.30 am-4.30 pm on the following dates:

Locationcourse name Course codecourse numberdate
Kingsgrove Scout HallProvide First Aid Two DayPR2120.4.PR2.NO14.SMOUS14 & 15 November 2020
Barra Brui Scout HallProvide First Aid - One DayPR1120.4.PR1.NO21.SMOUN21 November 2020
Barra Brui Scout HallProvide First Aid - One DayPR1120.4.PR1.NO21.SMOUN22 November 2020
Barra Brui Scout HallProvide first aid in remote situation day 1PRS120.4.PRS.NO21.SMOUN22 November 2020
Barra Brui Scout HallProvide first aid in remote situation days 2-3PRS120.4.PRS.NO21.SMOUN28 & 29 November 2020
Barra Brui Scout HallProvide First Aid - One DayPR121 February 2021
Barra Bruis Scout HallProvide first aid in remote situation day 1PRS21 February 2021
Barra Brui Scout HallProvide first aid in remote situation days 2-3PRS27 & 28 February 2021
Kingsgrove Scout HallProvide First Aid - One DayPR1July 2021
Kingsgrove Scout HallProvide first aid in remote situation day 1PRSJuly 2021
Kingsgrove Scout HallProvide first aid in remote situation days 2-3PRSJuly 2021
Barra Brui Scout HallProvide First Aid - One DayPR1November 2021
Barra Brui Scout HallProvide first aid in remote situation day 1PRSNovember 2021
Barra Brui Scout HallProvide first aid in remote situation days 2-3PRSNovember 2021


Bara Brui Scout Hall, Hunter Avenue, St Ives. Entry is via a driveway in Hunter Avenue. The course is run in the second hall at the end of this driveway.

Bara Brui Scout Hall mapBara Brui Driveway

Kingsgrove Scout Hall, Kookaburra Reserve, Shaw Street Kingsgrove.

Kingsgrove Scout Hall


Bookings for all classes  are managed by St John Ambulance Australia (NSW). Contact St John Ambulance Australia (NSW) by calling: St John Ambulance Burwood Customer Service 1300 360 455 and asking for Scout First Aid courses, and be ready to quote the Class Number for the class you wish to book for. Payment must be made at time of booking. Inquiries: John Crowley Scout First Aid Team 0409 393 215

Before you register – you must have a USI Number. You will not be able to register for this course without a USI. If you have not got one yet, apply on-line at before registering for the first aid course. It is free of charge and only takes a few minutes.

Course Cost

Provide First Aid $93

Remote First Aid (includes Provide First Aid) $189

NOTE: This is a discount price because our trainer is a St John Ambulance volunteer.

You are not enrolled in either First Aid course until full payment is made.

What do I Need to Bring to the Course?

  • There is not enough time during the 45 minute lunch break to go out and buy food. Please bring a plate of cold food to share for lunch (sandwiches, quiche, fruit etc).
  • You will need to bring two bath towels plus a pencil/pen so you can make your own notes in the manual.
  • Wear comfortable clothes suitable for practical work on a carpeted floor.
  • Long hair should be tied back. Avoid jewellery and make-up.
  • 3rd edition Jenolan 1:25,000 topographical map.
  • Remote First Aid course only – bring a pack with normal weekend bushwalking gear (minus food) for use in scenarios. Suggestions for suitable equipment can be found here.
  • Note that you must have completed the pre-reading before attending the course. The pre-reading is available here: You need to be enrolled and possess a password to access this information.
  • Bushwalkers doing the Remote First Aid course must bring a pack containing gear suitable for an overnight walk. This equipment will be used as improvised first aid equipment in practice scenarios.

What Will be Provided at the Course?

  • Bandages and dressings
  • Tea/coffee/milk/sugar will be available for morning and afternoon tea.

Please inform the instructor by email or on the course if you have any illness or injury that may require attention during the course. We will do our best to accommodate everybody. All personal information will be kept confidential.

If you do not pass the theory exam (at least 80% is required to pass) there will be an opportunity to resit the exam at the St John office in Burwood within six weeks of the class.

Course Examination

The written exam (46 multiple choice questions) will presume you are thoroughly familiar with the course pre-reading. To pass you must answer 80% of questions correctly in each of three sections.

Practical assessments (resuscitation and scenarios) will be conducted by the trainer throughout the day.

What if I don’t pass? You will have six weeks to re-sit any of the three course components (exam, scenarios, resuscitation) at another St John course. This can be arranged by phoning St John head office in Burwood.

Who Can I Contact if I Have Further Questions?

You can find more information and contact details here:

How Do I Enrol?

Phone St John  02 9745 8888 (or 1300 360 455, if calling from outside the Sydney Metropolitan Area). The maximum number of students for each course is 18. The best way to make sure you don’t miss out is to register and pay early. You do not have a confirmed place in the class until you have registered and paid in full.

NOTE You must have a USI number before you commence the registration process. Once you have your USI number, click on the link above and complete the registration details.

When you complete the registration process this will generate an automatic email confirming your registration. If you don’t get a confirmation email, let St John’s know.


Please carefully consider your commitment to learn First Aid at this course. If you need to withdraw from the course the refund we can give you will depend on when you notify us of your intention to withdraw:

More than two weeks before the course: 50% refund.

Two weeks or less before the course: NO refund.