New Zealand Certificate in Emergency Care (First Responder) (Level 3)

Work in first responder roles in ambulances or settings such as outdoor education, marine, industrial and volunteer rescue. Sustain life until advanced medical care is available, learn to assess and manage medical trauma, and manage complex emergencies. You must hold a current first aid certificate.

What you will learn

Learn how to confidently and competently intervene as an emergency care first responder and sustain life until handover to advanced medical care can occur

  • Operate safely, lawfully and ethically as an emergency care first responder
  • Assess and manage medical and trauma conditions as an emergency care first responder
  • Make decisions as an emergency care first responder, within designated areas of responsibility, accountability, and competence
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively to achieve the best outcome as an emergency care first responder

Graduates of this qualification may be able to work in emergency care first responder roles in a variety of settings such as ambulance, outdoor recreation, marine, industrial, and volunteer rescue. Graduates of this qualification do not automatically have a medical delegation or an authority to practice. This is a separate endorsement which may be granted by a service provider.

More detail about this qualification

This programme is delivered online with block courses offered in various locations. 

This programme consists of three courses which have a specific emphasis on developing emergency care first responder skills, attitudes and knowledge:

  • EC3001: Emergency Care (20 credits)
  • EC3002: Professional practice for first responders (10 credits)
  • EC3003: Manage complex emergency situations (10 credits)

Entry requirements 

NCEA level 1 or equivalent qualification/work experience and a current first-aid certificate.

International students

IELTS 5.5 (no band lower than 5.0), or equivalent and a current first-aid certificate.

Funding your study

Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF)

These programmes are FREE under TTAF, covering; compulsory tuition fees, compulsory course costs and compulsory student services fees. Visit for more information about TTAF.

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