Because ASPA conducts its courses at a range of venues and can conduct course at workplaces, the Course Directors need to be able to ensure consistency of approach to maximise the learning experience.

Pre-positioning of equipment can often be required to ensure access to first-aid specialist equipment, video machines, projectors, and other Audio Visual aids. Course Directors are encouraged to have back-up instructional staff who are appropriately qualified ready to step in should assigned staff be incapacitated or unable to attend for whatever reason. Loading the course program by relying on one specialist for large blocks of time is therefore NOT recommended.

Venue Selection

Venues must be able to cater for the number of students on each of the courses, providing a single room lecture facility with clear view of audio visual materials. The minimum seating capacity must be 70 seats. Additionally, seven breakout areas must be available for all-weather use. Course Directors may wish to also have dedicated ‘Bleeding’ and ‘CPR’ competency examination areas, as these are required to be assessed prior to the final examination.

As the Instructor Development program is aligned with the Advanced Emergency Care Course, an additional room may be required for the Instructor Course.

Examples of facilities in current use include:

  • Kosciusko room at Thredbo
  • The Station Resort, Jindabyne
  • Randwick Barracks Conference Centre (Sydney)
  • Police Training Academy in Melbourne
  • Launceston Christian School, Riverside

Venue Checklists are available from the Vice President Education. Selection should allow for parking and student sustenance.

Handouts and Consumable Course Materials

All handouts and course materials MUST be produced at least 1 week in advance and checked by the Course Director. In the case of student support notes, 15% greater number are to be produced that the number scheduled for the course.

Course Structure

The course structure and instructor commitment is to be obtained at least two weeks prior to the course. The course structure is to be promulgated in far in advance as possible. Attached is a recommended structure. Individual teaching modules are to be reviewed by the Course Director prior to exposition to students and adjusted to ensure learning outcomes are likely to be met. Alternative learning strategies are to be adopted to ensure maximum flexibility of delivery. A sample course programme for a five day first-aid program is attached.


Sufficient equipment must be available for each student. An equipment list is available on the Equipment page. Course Directors should ensure that equipment is checked and that additional equipment is ordered or equipment required prior to the course.


A blank course database must be obtained from the Secretary prior to enrolments and any course commencement. Examination results are to be entered in the DataBase. Currently, the DataBase is run in FileMaker Pro (in a number of versions). Copies of the run-time version are available from the Vice President Education. Course results, assessment materials and reports are to be returned to the Vice President Education within seven days of the end of the course.