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RII30719 Certificate III in Emergency Response and Rescue


Course Description

This highly practical and interactive program is designed to provide students with the essential knowledge and skills to allow them to operate safely within emergency services, across a variety of industries. This qualification is to provide training for those who will fulfil the role of response and rescue team members.

Units of Competency

This course consists of:

Core Units

  • HLTAID014 Provide advanced first aid
  • RIICOM201D Communicate in the workplace
  • RIIERR301E Respond to work site incidents
  • RIIRIS301E Apply risk management processes
  • RIIWHS201D Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures

Elective Units

  • PUASAR022 Participate in rescue operation^
  • RIIERR201E Conduct fire team operations
  • RIIERR302E Respond to local emergencies and incidents
  • PUAFIR210 Prevent injury
  • PUAFIR207 Operate breathing apparatus open circuit^
  • PUASAR024 Undertake road crash rescue^
  • PUAFIR306 Identify, detect and monitor hazardous materials at an incident^
  • PUAFIR324 Render hazardous materials incidents safe^
  • PUAEQU001 Prepare, maintain and test response equipment^
^These units have pre-requisite requirements.

This qualification can be customised and contextualised with alternate elective units in line with packaging rules for specific groups.  Contact Us to find out more. 

Course Outline

  • Advanced First Aid
  • Communication and working safely with WHS policies and procedures
  • Breathing Apparatus
  • Fire
  • Road Crash
  • Risk in the workplace

Mode of Delivery

This course will be delivered as a blend of distance and face-to-face learning and assessment.

For group bookings we can deliver this course at your location (click “Get a Quote” to find out more).


This course is scheduled for:

Distance learning and assessment and up to 28 days of face-to-face practical demonstrations

Student's should allow approximately 6-12 months to complete this course.

Pre-Requisite and Entry Requirements

Students must be at least 18 years of age at the time of enrolment to undertake this course and have previously completed the Enter and Work in Confined Spaces Course.

^Students must hold certification for the following units of competency for enrolment into this course and must supply their credential at the time of enrolment:

  • HLTAID011 Provide First Aid

Students holding a previous certification for the unit of competency and are seeking recognition must supply their credential at the time of enrolment.

Students must have language, literacy and numeracy skills (LLN) to interpret and apply relevant information to commence learning in this program. An LLN assessment may be conducted upon receipt of enrolment application to ensure each student has the appropriate level of skills required to undertake this course.

^PUASAR022 Participate in a rescue operation is a formal pre-requisite for PUASAR024 and is covered within this program.

PUAFIR210 Prevent injury is a formal pre-requisite for PUAFIR207 and PUAEQU001 and is covered within this program.

PUAFIR207 Operate breathing apparatus open circuit is a formal pre-requisite for PUAFIR306 and PUAFIR324 and is covered within this program.

Note: Individuals within the fire sector must hold HLTAID011 Provide First Aid for entry into this course. If you do not hold HLTAID011 please Contact Us before enrolling. 


Students who successfully complete this course and demonstrate competence will receive a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment under the Australian Qualifications Framework. The certification will be issued by Risk Response and Rescue (RTO 90774).


  • $5,500 per person for public courses
  • For group bookings please click “Get a Quote” to find out more or Contact Us.

Course Inclusions

All course materials, handouts and personal protective equipment will be provided.

Student Requirements

Due to the nature of this course, students must be willing and capable of moving about in dark, possibly smoky, confined spaces while wearing 15kg breathing apparatus sets, AND willing and capable of moving about at height (ascending and descending ropes) on towers and other high structures.

If you do not possess the fitness/strength to ascend ropes under your own strength, you will be unable to demonstrate competence for the vertical rescue component of this program.

Student must be clean shaven to effectively wear breathing apparatus and be current in operate breathing apparatus open circuit operations.

Students must be physically capable of performing at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted CPR on the floor.

Students must wear appropriate clothing and footwear when attending face-to-face sessions.

Refer to the Participant Information Handbook for information about our policies and procedures.


*Learning and assessment hours will vary depending on your existing skills, underpinning knowledge and prior experience and your commitment to your learning and practical application of activities. 


To ensure the safety of our staff and clients, participants will be required to have their temperature tested and sanitise upon entry to our premises. Whilst check-in using our QR code is no longer mandatory, we strongly encourage participants to continue to utilise this function. 
In line with the Public Health Order, face masks are no longer mandatory on our premises however are highly recommended in certain situations. Whilst on our premises you may be asked to wear a face mask if you are not able to be physically distanced (e.g. when in a Confined Space or performing 2 person CPR). We ask that you please be mindful and respectful of the health of our staff and other participants in these situations and comply with the request, unless you have an exemption. 
We kindly ask that anyone who has been identified as a close contact in the 7 days prior to the training, is awaiting COVID-19 test results or is feeling unwell in any way to please not attend our premises. 
Should you not be able to meet these requirements, please Contact Us before booking.