Emergency Care Instructor Assessments

Everyone can save a life, whether or not they're a health professional. It's great to see the growing number of every day New Zealanders learning first aid and emergency care, and we want them to have access to top quality teaching from educators they can trust.

The NZ Resuscitation Council Emergency Care Instructor Assessment demonstrates that a first aid or emergency care provider teaches using our guidelines. It establishes them as someone a learner can trust, who teaches according to the most accurate and up to date research available.

Workplaces and public institutions across New Zealand seek out qualified ECI instructors for their expertise and professionalism. If you want to hone your skills and take the next step in your resuscitation teaching career, book your place on an ECI assessment today.

Entry requirements

Training as an ECI instructor is a valuable skill, which allows you to help others in the community while developing your own career as a teacher and life saver. What are the first steps you need to take before getting involved?

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. If you have any questions, please get in touch with our Wellington-based office staff and they'll be happy to point you in the right direction.


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. You’ll be asked to acknowledge our instructor Code of Conduct and we 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.

Sometimes life gets in the way and people have to withdraw from a course they've booked to attend. If this is the case, please contact the NZ Resuscitation Office so we can help get this sorted for you, and discuss making alternative arrangements. If this leads to a course no longer having the minimum number of participants, we may have to reschedule it. If this happens we will contact you to explain the situation, and work with you to get you booked on a future course.

Staying involved

The NZ Resuscitation Council has a vision that a person who collapses, or requires other first aid interventions, shall receive best practice treatment and care. This requires skilled and certified people teaching others in the community how to respond, and their certifications must be highly regarded. As such we ask all ECI instructors to check in with us periodically to renew your qualifications, update your skills and network with your peers. It's a great opportunity to stay at the top of your game.

Our Emergency Care Instructor Certificate is valid for one year from the date of issue, so please get in touch with us when this date approaches.

The Emergency Care Instructor Certificate is a requirement for providers who deliver New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) first aid unit standards. 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. All you need for that is described above.