Welcome to Actions For Survival
On this site we share everything we have learnt to be able to offer you quality first aid training solutions that won't break the bank along with alternative methods of delivery that save time and money without cutting corners and compromising your health and safety needs.
Accessible First Aid
We believe first aid should be accessible to everyone in Aotearoa. At AFS we believe in the adage actions speak louder than words. We have spent the last few years transitioning our traditional learning and creating a new version First Aid For All. In line with our commited beliefs we have made this version free of charge.
No Quick-and-Easy Shortcuts
Unfortunately the first aid industry is littered with examples of organisations offering courses that do not meet the first aid training requirements. The truth is we seek to uphold these standards and offer courses that not only meet your needs but comply with the prerequisites to qualification.
Why offer FREE alternatives?
Put simply because we can. We believe everybody in New Zealand should have the opportunity to learn the skills that one day might save a friend's, family member's, work colleague or complete stangers life. As the old saying goes actions speak louder than words, we have taken action that we hope you will enjoy.
Actions For Survival Chronicle
It has been quite a journey since our humble beginnings in a home office in the early years of the 21st century. There have been many changes in the first aid industry along the way. We have met some amazing people and worked in some fabulous places. These experiences have helped shape the company and assisted us to evolve in to who we are today.
Actions for Survival (AFS) was founded in 2004 with a core business offering quality, fun first aid training to New Zealanders across the country. Actions for Survival Training Limited (AFST) is registered and accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) as a Private Training Establishment (PTE) and is a category one training provider.
So above is a brief overview of our journey. There is however so much more to the story. The so much more is for another time. We just want to tell you a little bit about our passion and commitment to what we do. Over the years first aid training has been accompanied by many myths that has led to people developing fears about performing the skills that make a difference in a medical emergency.
We of course want people to attend our courses, but what is truly important to us is that a person can book a course with us with the knowledge that the information they receive is up to date and the skills they learn to perform are applied with confidence. We are committed to providing excellence in compliant training across New Zealand, creating fun, progressive high quality programmes, that are easily accessible. For us saving lives matter and as a training provider we have an opportunity to reach people who can ultimately make a difference in survival outcomes.
Our desire is to deliver courses of the highest quality whilst making them accessible to as many people as possible. Throughout this website you will hear and read about our commitment to quality and compliance, and acknowledge there are some excellent providers around the country. On the flip side unfortunately there are far too many instances of organisations that fail in these areas. Whilst we would love you to book your course with us you may choose to look at alternative providers. If that is the case we would urge you to look carefully. We would rather you receive quality training and therefore provide links to four of our competitors who we know hold the same values as we do. St John, New Zealand Red Cross, Links Training and First Aid Consultants.
We recognise that we are all individuals and therefore learn differently. We are continually exploring new methods of delivery. First Aid For All is designed to provide alternative ways of learning first aid. It really is free no hooks and no pressure we have designed it as a community asset. You receive exactly the same training as you would in a traditional classroom learning environment. The big difference is you can work at your own pace and do as much or as little as you choose as you make progress through the course.
At the end of the learning modules you have the (optional) opportunity to undertake a full assessment that will lead to the achievement of NZQA unit standards 6400, 6401 and 6402 (a fully recognised workplace first aid certificate). The assessments take four hours to complete in a traditional classroom setting. The cost of the assessments are heavily subsidised by Actions For Survival when compared to our own pricing structure and equivalent alternatives.
We're looking for qualified ambitious, talented, and motivated people to join our team. Learn more about the exciting positions available.
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