The Australian Ski Patrol Association is the recognised peak body for ski patroller training in Australia.  The Advanced Emergency Care (AEC) course is specifically designed for ski patrollers.  It seeks to develop strong knowledge and skills focused on the management of a wide range of possible first aid emergencies in the alpine setting.  This course requires extensive hands on participation and, working on skills to manage hypothetical emergencies.  Candidates will learn to use a variety of splints, techniques for spinal immobilisation, pain relief and oxygen therapy.

Candidates must be over the age of 18 at the time of course enrolment, and have the approval from the Patrol Director or Patrol Manager of the resort at which they are a patrol member or a potential member.

Any non-patroller wishing to attend this course needs to contact the relevant Course Director regarding their eligibility to enrol.

PREREQUISITE: As this is an Advanced Emergency Care course, all candidates must hold a current qualification HLTAID003 Apply First Aid or equivalent to enrol in this course.

Prior to attending the course, there are approximately 30 hours of pre-course work preparation:

  • Download and study the ASPA Advanced Emergency Care manual
  • Download and view the pre-course videos and answer the pre-course question

It is mandatory requirement that all pre-course work is completed 24 hours prior to attending the face-to-face course component to provide a sound understanding of the theory associated with advanced first aid.  The pre-course work is a significant component of the AEC course, this work is monitored by the course director, including watching the videos and compliance is necessary for entry into the face-to-face course component.

Candidates are required at participate in equipment skills sessions and outdoor scenario based practical assessment.  This will require floor work, working outdoors and hands on other candidates, male and female, so wear appropriate clothing.

The course has four components:

  • Completion of pre-course work
  • Attendance for the entire duration of the course
  • Practical competencies including CPR/ AED, Conscious and unconscious casualty
  • Final multiple choice question exam

At successful completion of this course, you will be awarded the following nationally recognised units of competency:

  • HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
  • HLTAID005 Provide first aid in a remote situation
  • HLTAID006 Provide advanced first aid
  • PUAEME003C Administer oxygen in an emergency situation
  • PUAEME005A Provide pain management

The RTO requires all candidates to be competent in all areas of the course.  If you cannot achieve competency after two attempts at any or all of the competencies, including the final assessment, you will be required to attend another ASPA course where we can provide you with the required support to achieve the understanding and skill levels required to be deemed competent