New Zealand Certificate in Emergency Care (First Responder)


Subject area

First Aid



15 Weeks

Total student fees


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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the New Zealand public with individuals who are confident and competent to provide emergency care as a first responder until patient recovery or handover to advanced medical care can occur.

This qualification is suitable for individuals who wish to build on the skill sets attained in first aid certificates and/or gain further skills and credentials in emergency care first response, but it does not lead to the competencies expected of an Emergency Medical Technician.

Graduates will be capable of carrying out emergency care first responder roles with designated areas of responsibility in conjunction with an authorised medical delegation.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

NCEA level 1 or equivalent qualification/work experience; and evidence of suitability based on interview, health declaration, safety check and referee reports International: IELTS 5.5 (no band lower than 5.0), or equivalent Students must hold a current First Aid Certificate before the first assessment is undertaken.

Detailed requirements

See provider website for more details about entry to this qualification.


15 Weeks

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$2,764 $2,764
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$1,627 $1,627
Total $4,391 $4,391

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A Compulsory Student Services Fee may be charged, see your provider for details.

Student Success


National Graduate Outcomes

Outcomes for students who completed qualifications at the same level and in the same subject area, three years after completion:

Median earnings N/A
Earnings range N/A
In employment N/A
In further study N/A
On a benefit N/A

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 944 847
Phone: 0800 944 847
Fax: (04) 237 3101

Please contact the provider for details of where this qualification is offered.

Where does this information come from?

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NZQA supplies all other information based on material from the provider.

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