New Zealand Certificate in Emergency Care (First Responder)

Whitireia Community Polytechnic (Porirua)

Subject area

First Aid


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Entry requirements

The Health and Disability Commissioner Act 1994 (HDC Act) may or may not apply, depending on the context of the service where graduates are operating, but programmes must incorporate knowledge of the HDC Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights (the Code).

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 intervene as an emergency care first responder and sustain life until handover to advanced medical care can occur.

This qualification is suitable for individuals who wish to build on the skillsets attained in first aid certificates and/or gain further skills and credentials in emergency care first response. It incorporates the skills and knowledge represented by the Pre-hospital Emergency Care (PHEC) unit standards and their replacements.

Graduates will be capable of carrying out emergency care first responder roles with designated areas of responsibility and under broad guidance of an organisation.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Other Health at this level can earn:


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Median earnings five years after study

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Scholarship information

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The NZSBA Scholarship

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This information comes from Generosity New Zealand. For more scholarships, search their givME database (formerly called BreakOut) via your college, university or local library website.

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: (04) 237 3100
Fax: (04) 237 3101

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