Various statutory regulations determine mandatory or compulsory employee training in the areas of First Aid, Fire-fighting and Occupational Health and Safety, etc. In this article, we will look specifically at the impact that this notice will have on First Aid Training.
In terms of this notice, all First Aid Training Providers must now be accredited by the Quality Assurance Body which has been delegated the quality assurance responsibilities for First Aid unit standards, namely the Health & Welfare SETA (HWSETA). According to the notice, training providers have until 21 August 2018 to comply with the new regulations or be deregistered.
The Quality Council for Trades & Occupations (QCTO) and HWSETA have indicated that the Occupational Part Qualifications / Skills Programme will now be the minimum level of training for any employee who wishes to act as the First Aider of an organisation. The First Aider Skills Programme (FASP), which was accepted by the HWSETA, comprises three unit standards.
Of importance is the fact that all three unit standards will have to be completed by a course attendant for a Certificate of Competency to be issued by the HWSETA. Switching from single unit standards to a FASP will result in the following:
SERR Synergy has compiled a very unique, affordable training product whereby businesses can benefit from skills development programmes and accredited training within their organisation.
About the author: Anita Seydel joined SERR Synergy in September 2014 and is currently the National Manager: Training and Development. She obtained her Honours in Public Administration at the University of South Africa (UNISA) and also holds six qualifications in the Education, Training and Development environment. She recently completed courses in Corporate Governance as well as Knowledge Management (UNISA).
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