Mobile learning keeps safety on the move

The New Zealand Red Cross has a variety of courses available to help with company and staff first aid training and with its first aid and emergency app users can complete their first aid course through an m-learning (mobile-learning) approach.


The New Zealand Red Cross First Aid and Emergency App now provides you with pre-course learning, which goes towards successful completion of an NZQA accredited first aid certificate.

With guided interactive learning, including videos and animations, use the app to learn and understand the basics of first aid.

Complete the app learning by fully reading the ‘Learn’ section and successfully completing the app tests. Unlock badges along the way to record your achievements. Learn at a time and location that is convenient for you and reduce time spent away from the workplace.

Once you have completed your pre-course learning, book your skills workshop to complete your training.


Attend the practical skills workshop with a New Zealand Red Cross instructor to gain your accredited certification.

  • Learn how to apply DRSABCD
  • Practice CPR on adult, child and infant manikins
  • Hands on scenarios
  • Learn how to use an AED
  • Practical Assessments
  • M-learning course options

All the app badges must be unlocked to show achievement prior to attending the skills workshop. You will need to bring your phone or tablet so the instructor can verify your achievement.


  • UNIT STANDARDS 6402, 6401 AND 6400 (EQUIVALENT TO COMPREHENSIVE FIRST AID) – Workplace First Aid app pre course learning + 8 hours – Skills workshop
  • UNIT STANDARDS 6402 AND 6401 (EQUIVALENT TO ESSENTIAL FIRST AID) – Practical First Aid app pre course learning + 4 hours – Skills workshop
  • FIRST AID REVALIDATION – Workplace Revalidation app pre course learning + 4 hours – Skills workshop


M-learning or mobile learning enables learners to gain knowledge across several learning platforms. Some of the content and interactions are accessed on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. M-learners can then use this technology in their own time and place and at their own speed – anywhere and anytime.


Yes it is. Research shows that people use mobile devices more frequently today than personal computers, using their devices to access the internet for information as and when required. Mobile devices using apps often do not require access to the internet as the learning content is stored within the device.

There are numerous published papers that support the view that learning within this mobile environment is well controlled, ensuring the learner has access to accurate information.

There is also evidence that the learner feels more confident in their own environment working at their own pace.