Welcome to Actions For Survival

On this site we share everything we have learnt to be able to offer you quality first aid training solutions that won't break the bank along with alternative  methods of delivery that save time and money without  cutting corners and compromising your health and safety needs.

Accessible First Aid

 We believe first aid should be accessible to everyone in Aotearoa. At AFS we believe in the adage actions speak louder than words. We have spent the last few years transitioning our traditional learning and creating a new version First Aid For All. In line with our commited beliefs we have made this version free of charge.

No Quick-and-Easy Shortcuts

Unfortunately the first aid industry is littered with examples of organisations offering courses that do not meet the first aid training requirements. The truth is we seek to uphold these standards and offer courses that not only meet your needs but comply with the prerequisites to qualification.

Why offer FREE alternatives?

Put simply because we can. We believe everybody in New Zealand should have the opportunity to learn the skills that one day might save a friend's, family member's, work colleague or complete stangers life. As the old saying goes actions speak louder than words, we have taken action that we hope you will enjoy.


Actions For Survival Chronicle

It has been quite a journey since our humble beginnings in a home office in the early years of the 21st century. There have been many changes in the first aid industry along the way. We have met some amazing people and worked in some fabulous places. These experiences have helped shape the company and assisted us to evolve in to who we are today.

Actions for Survival (AFS) was founded in 2004 with a core business offering quality, fun first aid training to New Zealanders across the country. Actions for Survival Training Limited (AFST) is registered and accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) as a Private Training Establishment (PTE) and is a category one training provider.


Actions For Survival founded

We came together in October 2004 and a month later on the 2nd November AFS we formerly launched our company.


Actions For Survival Training Limited is launched

AFST was launched on thw 17th April 2007 after AFS acquired Corporate Safety Limited in 2005 an NZQA registered company and accredited as a private training establishment (Provider number 8217). We are a Category One provider and have been proud to maintain that status throughout.


Actions For Survival Transport Training Limited is launched

On the 1st November 2016 AFS formerly launched the transport training arm of our business.


First Aid For All Charitable Trust is founded

The First Aid For All Charitable Trust was registered on 3rd September 2018. Its purpose is to provide accessible first aid education for all New Zealanders free of charge. To make charitable donations to community projects, in particular to have an Automated External Defibrillator on site in schools, churches, maraes and not for profit organisations. The charity’s registration number is CC56128


First Aid For All is launched

AFS launched its community-based project designed to make first aid available to everyone in the country free of charge. From these courses AFS is donating back to agreed community based projects, one of which is to get more defibrillators ready and accessible in the community. First Aid For All has undergone two years of testing and was ready for its full launch in March 2020. Unfortunately like so many our plans were thrown into turmoil by the outbreak of COVID 19.


Association of Emergency Care Training Providers

Actions For Survival is one of AECTP's founding members and one of our team sits on the Board. AECTP is recognised as the first aid industries peak body.


Click to learn more about AECTP

So above is a brief overview of our journey. There is however so much more to the story. The so much more is for another time. We just want to tell you a little bit about our passion and commitment to what we do. Over the years first aid training has been accompanied by many myths that has led to people developing fears about performing the skills that make a difference in a medical emergency. 

We of course want people to attend our courses, but what is truly important to us is that a person can book a course with us with the knowledge that the information they receive is up to date and the skills they learn to perform are applied with confidence. We are committed to providing excellence in compliant training across New Zealand, creating fun, progressive high quality programmes, that are easily accessible. For us saving lives matter and as a training provider we have an opportunity to reach people who can ultimately make a difference in survival outcomes. 

Our desire is to deliver courses of the highest quality whilst making them accessible to as many people as possible. Throughout this website you will hear and read about our commitment to quality and compliance, and acknowledge there are some excellent providers around the country. On the flip side unfortunately there are far too many instances of organisations that fail in these areas. Whilst we would love you to book your course with us you may choose to look at alternative providers. If that is the case we would urge you to look carefully. We would rather you receive quality training and therefore provide links to four of our competitors who we know hold the same values as we do. St John, New Zealand Red Cross, Links Training and First Aid Consultants.

We recognise that we are all individuals and therefore learn differently. We are continually exploring new methods of delivery. First Aid For All is designed to provide alternative ways of learning first aid. It really is free no hooks and no pressure we have designed it as a community asset. You receive exactly the same training as you would in a traditional classroom learning environment. The big difference is you can work at your own pace and do as much or as little as you choose as you make progress through the course.

At the end of the learning modules you have the (optional) opportunity to undertake a full assessment that will lead to the achievement of NZQA unit standards 6400, 6401 and 6402 (a fully recognised workplace first aid certificate). The assessments take four hours to complete in a traditional classroom setting. The cost of the assessments are heavily subsidised by Actions For Survival when compared to our own pricing structure and equivalent alternatives.


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