The Outdoor Pre Hospital Emergency Care (PHEC) qualification is the New Zealand equivalent Wilderness First Aid programme for adventure industry professionals. Unlike standard first aid training, our PHEC course addresses the challenges of responding to medical emergencies in a remote wilderness environment.


Outdoor Pre Hospital Emergency Care (PHEC) 5-day Workshop:
This is the advanced outdoor first aid qualification recognised by New Zealand outdoor education and adventure tourism providers. During the 5-day programme the theory of medical emergencies and treatment is presented in an interactive and exciting manner. Participants then apply this knowledge by attending to realistic emergency scenarios. This hands-on, practical approach dramatically improves the retention of information, and better prepares participants to manage emergencies when access to medical facilities and equipment is limited.

Content Includes:

  • Patient assessment
  • Resuscitation - including oxygen therapy
  • Fracture and wound management
  • Multiple casualty management
  • Medical conditions
  • Semi Automatic Defibrillation
  • Patient transportation
  • Specific environmental conditions
  • Intra-muscular medication administration

2021 Dates:
8 - 12 March 2021 (Nelson)
12 - 16 April 2021 (Southern Lakes)
17 - 21 May 2021 (Christchurch)
14 - 18 June 2021 (Southern Lakes)
5 - 9 July 2021 (West Coast)
9 - 13 August 2021 (Christchurch)
13 - 17 September 2021 (Southern Lakes)
15 - 19 November 2021 (Christchurch)

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2021 Outdoor PHEC Refresher Programmes (2 Days):
11 - 12 March 2021 (Nelson)
15 - 16 April 2021 (Southern Lakes)
20 - 21 May 2021 (Christchurch)
17 - 18 June 2021 (Southern Lakes)
8 - 9 July 2021 (West Coast)
12 - 13 August 2021 (Christchurch)
16 - 17 September 2021 (Southern Lakes)
18 - 19 November 2021 (Christchurch)

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COVID-19 Alert Level 1 (updated 17 June)

The NZ Resuscitation Council and Skills Org have advised that we can recommence first aid training. So we will!!

During Alert Level's 4 - 2, grace periods for 1st Aid and PHEC certificates were extended to 5 months (they didn't need to be refreshed until 5 months after expiry date). From 1 August this will drop back to 3 months (you will have 3 months from the expiry of your certificate to renew it).

What is the certificate we provide?

Unit standard 29231 - 'Provide Basic Emergency Care' is the current units standard associated with a PHEC certificate. This unit standard is comprised of 14 credits at NZQA level three. 

Designed to address the unique remote environments in which our clients work. Our Outdoor PHEC qualification highlights our ‘point of difference’ and enables us to teach and assess participants using more specific outdoor scenarios and broader range of relevant topics. 

Our PHEC workshops are generally held over 5 days between 9am - 4pm, although some light evening work and pre-course reading is required.


Assessment & Certification:
Horizons hold consent to assess the following NZQA unit standards:

  • 29321 - provide basic emergency care
  • 6400 - manage first aid in an emergency situation
  • 6401 - provide first aid
  • 6402 - provide basic life support
  • 424 - assess and manage an emergency care situation during an outdoor recreation activity

On-site PHEC Courses PHEC Refreshers and Outdoor First Aid:
If you are prepared to 'sponsor' a PHEC course we can deliver one on-site, at your venue for your staff. You will need to provide a minimum number of participants - but you may be able to make some savings.

On-site PHEC Refresher / Outdoor First Aid scenario workshops are also popular with a number of leading adventure education/tourism organisations. We can include the assessment of unit standard 424 - a requirement for some Skills Active Outdoor Recreation qualifications.

PHEC Refreshers - the industry standard to retain PHEC currency is attendance at a Refresher programme every 2 years - these programmes are also run in both spring and autumn.