First Aid Training

St John Provide First Aid over 1 day

St John Remote First Aid over 3 days

The St John Ambulance 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. Provide First Aid courses offered through Scouts NSW, St John’s and Bushwalking NSW cover all the normal content, but with an outdoors slant. The course accredits participants in the HLTAID003 “Provide First Aid” unit of competency.

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 used to run.

Universal Student Identifier (USI) number

It is a requirement of St John that all participants provide 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.

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)

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.

Course Dates

Phone 02 9745 8888 to register for course. Courses run 8.30 am-4.30 pm on the following dates:

Locationcourse name Course codecourse numberdate
Barra Brui Scout HallProvide first aid - 1 dayPR1119.4.PR1.NO17.SMOUN17 November 2019
Barra Brui Scout HallProvide first aid in remote situations - 3 dayPR5119.4.PRS.NO17.SMOUN17, 23, 24 November 2019


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.

Kingsgrove Scout Hall, Kookaburra Reserve, Shaw Street Kingsgrove.


Bookings for all classes conducted are managed by St John Ambulance Australia (NSW). Contact St John Ambulance Australia (NSW) by calling 02 9745 8888 (or 1300 360 455, if calling from outside the Sydney Metropolitan Area) 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.

Before you register – You must have a USI Number. If you do not have a USI number you must get one before proceeding to register. Read the top of this page for details on how to get a USI number.

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:
  • 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.