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THE FUTURE OF FIRST AID TRAINING - UPDATE 4

Tuesday, 09 April 2019  
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THE FUTURE OF FIRST AID TRAINING (UPDATE 4)

 

It has been six (6) months since the issue of Notice 1028 dated 05 October 2018 (Government Gazette 41955) – Amended Notice of Direction in terms of Section 27(2) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Read with Regulation 3 of the General Regulations with just (3) weeks before its first implementation date of deregistration of current First Aid Training Providers that are solely accredited with the Department of Labour (old CI Numbers).

In the above Notice the following needed to be done:

“all applications for approval ……. will only be considered if accompanied by a valid accreditation document issued by the Quality Assurance Body that has been designated for the quality assurance responsibilities for First Aid unit standards by the Quality Council for Trade and Occupation (QCTO)

Compliance in lieu of accreditation with the Quality Assurance Bodies as mentioned above, is extended until 31 March 2020 provided that First Aid Training providers submit the applications for accreditation with the Quality Assurance Bodies on or before 30 April 2019.”

Thus, as a current Department of Labour First Aid Training Provider (Only have an old CI number) you need to have completed the following steps:

  1. Send a Letter of Intent to QCTO requesting to apply to register to offer First Aid Unit Standards. Click on the link for the PDF document (http://www.qcto.org.za/images/SDPApplicationForm.pdf)
  2. Submit the letter of Intent to the QCTO.
  3. QCTO has indicated they will check the Letter of Intent against the database received from DoL and will then indicate which Quality Assurance Partner – QAP (i.e. SETA) an application must be directed to. This will be fast tracked by QCTO.
  4. They will then issue an Acknowledgement Letter which will accompany the application to the QAP.
  5. An Application must then be sent to the SETA and follow that SETA application process(SETAs have been or will be made aware of special interim arrangements regarding these applications and allowing single unit standards to be conducted).

CONCLUSION

If you are a First Aid Training Provider and have NOT started the process as outlined above your time is running out!It is important that you act now, or you will be deregistered and will need to re-start the accreditation as unaccredited training provider.


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