Tourism and Hospitality

Short Course Wilderness First Aid

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This five day non-residential course for adventure guides, outdoor educators and instructors is designed to build on a basic first aid qualification, with advanced first aid skills for assessing and managing injuries and illness in remote outdoor environments.

This course and certification is the standard in Tasmania for guides and educators responsible for the safety of groups in the outdoors. It is led by paramedics and trained outdoor leaders.

A two day refresher course is also available.

Career Opportunities

This course may support the following career opportunities:

  • Adventure guide
  • Outdoor educator

Location, dates and times

Wilderness First Aid
5 days – 8.45am to 5.30pm  (Minimum No. is 12)

  • No further courses are scheduled
  • To place your name on the waiting list call 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Please Note:   Day 4 of the full course extends into the evening, finishing at 10.15pm.

Wilderness First Aid Refresher
2 days (Saturday and Sunday) – 8.45am to 5.30pm  (Minimum No. is 12)

  • Next Intake:   2020 – To be confirmed
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest


‘Storm Hut’, The Lea Scout Centre, Gilwell Drive, Kingston
Directions: From Hobart take the Southern Outlet to Kingston. Before reaching Kingston turn left off the outlet onto road signposted ‘The Lea’. Immediately turn right then through the entrance gates.. Continue straight ahead along the road uphill for approx. 1 km to the top and turn left to the ‘Storm Hut’. Please observe speed the limit at all times.

‘Camp Banksia’, 1 Anderson Street, Port Sorell
Directions: From Devonport, head east on Bass Highway/National Highway 1. Take exit towards Port Sorell/Airport. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Port Sorell Rd/B74 (1.7 km). At the next roundabout take the 3rd exit and stay on Port Sorell Rd/B74 (11.1 km). Continue on Wilmot St/B74 to your destination (2km)

Learning Options

This is a practical course delivered on site by trained instructors in a bush setting.

Assessment Process

Assessments are designed to help you demonstrate your skills and knowledge. They allow us to confirm you can perform to the standard required in the workplace, to meet all of the requirements of the course.

Examples of assessments for this course may include:

  • Practical assessments
  • Outdoor first aid scenarios
  • Written project
  • Verbal questioning
  • Multiple choice question paper

Recognition of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do. TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster.

For further details please refer to the TasTAFE future recognition page.

Fees and Payments

Full course

  • Full Fee:   $450
  • Concession Fee:   $350

Refresher course

  • Full Fee:   $300
  • Concession Fee:   $200

For further fee and payment information visit the fees and payment page.

Are there any ‘other’ fees?

Additional fees covering resources for this course are included in the course cost shown above.

Essential Requirements

There are no essential requirements for this course. However please note that to remain ‘current’ this skill set needs to be updated every three years.
To enrol in the shorter refresher program you must have previously completed the full program twice.

Work Placements, Licensing and Other Requirements

Your WFA certification should be renewed within three years.

Desirable Skills and Attributes

The following skills and attributes will be useful to students studying this course:

  • Current Senior First Aid will be of great benefit.


Contact us today to find out if this is the right course for you.

Student Support

TasTAFE’s enrolment and orientation process provides information about our resources, services and support. Further details relating to Student Support Services are available at the TasTAFE student support page.


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