Our History and Background

First Training is NZQA registered as a Private Training Establishment. (PTE) 


The Report of External Evaluation and Review found First Training Highly Confident in educational performance and capability in self-assessment on 15 February 2011,  29 September 2014 and recently in December 2018. Click here to read the latest report. 


First Training was established in 1997 to meet a growing demand for training and qualifications from people involved in outdoor employment, education and recreation. This service has now expanded to include standard First Aid training and shorter courses, so that workplaces and community groups can meet Workplace Health and Safety requirements.

First Training's team of skilled facilitators are experienced trainers. They all have a wealth of knowledge and experience gained over many years, with a diverse range of backgrounds in outdoor instructing, guiding, Surf Life Saving. First Response and Volunteer Fire Service, Paramedics and Policing They apply real experience and theory to bring the learning alive.

All our lead facilitators have Pre-Hospital Emergency Care and NZ Resuscitation Council qualifications.

We have an advisory panel made up of doctors, paramedics, educators and lay people to ensure our courses meet the Australasian Resuscitation Council Guidelines and standards.


“Thank you very much, so much better than sitting in a room and putting pen to paper. Getting out in the field, doing hands on scenarios and talking through "what ifs" and better ways of managing situations”
- Doc Hokitika - September 2019, Hokitika
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