Allens Training Sunshine Coast courses, especially Provide Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Provide First Aid courses, are popular with all age groups. We are pleased to notice increasing numbers of participants in the below 18 and 60-plus age groups are enrolling in Allens Training courses.

One sector of the 60-plus age group comprises grandparents who find themselves caring for grandchildren. These dedicated carers want to be prepared for worst case scenarios, and feel more confident as carers when they have learned (or refreshed their learning) about what to do in an emergency. Sometimes they do the course with their daughter or son – great to see families teaming up in this way. Other older folk may be retirees who are volunteering in various capacities. The organisation they volunteer with may not require a current first aid certificate as a condition of the job, nevertheless, after having the hands on training, these volunteers feel more capable in their roles.

The more youthful group includes high school students doing VET courses that require CPR or first aid or both, and students participating in extra-curricular activities such as cadets, or coaching. Some young course participants attend with their parents for reasons such as the family is about to head outback to remote areas of Australia for an extended period. Whatever the reason, Allens Training is happy to see young people in training courses at our Sunshine Coast training centres in Birtinya and Noosa.

But can a course participant be too young, or too old?

The Australian Skills Quality Authority advises that the standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) does not prescribe minimum age requirements on learners. However, written parental permission may be requested, depending on the requirements of the relevant state Department of Education and Training. Some training organisations prescribe minimum ages for students enrolling in First Aid and CPR courses, often due to the sometimes graphic topics discussed in the courses.

Allens Training policies and procedures are aligned with the Age Discrimination Act 2004 (Cth), which makes it unlawful to discriminate on the ground of age. However, it can happen that a very young person or a very old person has insufficient strength in their arms and shoulders to depress a manikin by the one-third required to achieve competency in CPR. In such cases, Allens Training is happy to have the participant attend the course, and issues a Certificate of Participation rather than a Statement of Attainment. That way, the student gains the knowledge, and may be able to put it into practice. As the Australian Council of Resuscitation says ‘Any attempt at resuscitation is better than no attempt’.

Provide CPR and Provide First Aid courses are run at our Birtinya training centre and at premises in Noosa.

To book into your next first aid course please book online via our secure website or phone 07 5438 8888.


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