Emergency Care Instructor Assessments

The NZ Resuscitation Council Emergency Care Instructor Assessment enables a first aid or emergency care provider to demonstrate that they teach resuscitation and first aid using our guidelines. It is not a First Aid course.

Our Emergency Care Instructor Certificate is valid for one year from the date of issue.

The Emergency Care Instructor Certificate is a requirement for providers who deliver New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) first aid unit standards. Providers must renew their certificates annually. For details see the NZQA Consent and Moderation Requirements for First Aid (CMR 0230).

Candidates do not have to be NZQA accredited providers to sit the Emergency Care Instructor Assessment.

Emergency Care Instructor Programme Review

On 9 February 2018 we announced a more extensive review of the Emergency Care Instructor programme. 

The NZ Resuscitation Council and The Skills Organisation share a vision that a person who collapses, or requires other first aid interventions, shall receive best practice treatment and care. We believe that by reviewing the Emergency Care Instructor programme, we can improve outcomes for people in need.

Find out more about the Emergency Care Instructor Programme Review.

Entry requirements

Candidates for NZ Resuscitation Council Emergency Care Instructor Assessment must provide proof of holding either

  • a pre-hospital emergency care (PHEC) certificate or New Zealand Certificate in Emergency Care (First Responder) at NZQA Level 3 from within the last four years; or
  • a recognised health professional qualification.

These must be New Zealand qualifications. Alternatively, the candidate needs to demonstrate to us that their qualifications are recognised in New Zealand. 


The pre-readings for the NZ Resuscitation Council Emergency Care Instructor Assessment are:

  • Emergency Care for First Responders 
  • Resuscitation & Emergency Care - A Teaching Guide.

Texts are not included in the session fee but may be purchased from us. Buy resources now.

Supplementary readings are the ANZCOR Guidelines 2016 - Updates for First Aid Providers and Basic Life Support flowchart (DRS ABCD).

Allow yourself plenty of time to read the texts thoroughly before attending an NZ Resuscitation Council Emergency Care Instructor Assessment session.


An NZ Resuscitation Council Emergency Care Instructor Assessment includes written assessment and practical assessments.

The written assessment uses questions from prescribed pre-reading material and supplementary readings. Examples of practical assessments include:

  • adult collapse
  • automated external defibrillation
  • child or infant collapse
  • other conditions that could be life-threatening.

To pass, a candidate must achieve a score of 80% in the written assessment and pass all practical assessments. The Resuscitation Training Advisor will then issue your certificate.

Candidates who pass the NZ Resuscitation Council Emergency Care Instructor Assessment may use the words “NZ Resuscitation Council Approved New Zealand Emergency Care Instructor” on certificates they issue as a provider of emergency care training, so long as their NZ Resuscitation Council Emergency Care Instructor certificate is valid.

If the candidate does not pass one or more components, they have up to six months in which to repeat that component of the assessment.

Fees and bookings

The fee to attend an NZRC Emergency Care Instructor Assessment session is $230 (GST incl)

Use the calendar to view ECI session dates and to book an assessment.

In booking your assessment, you are deemed to accept our Terms and Conditions.

The NZ Resuscitation Council reserves the right to re-schedule a course that does not meet the required minimum number of participants.

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