Educational and Vocational Recognition of PADI and EFR courses in Australia

The Australian national training system, through various training providers, recognises certain PADI and Emergency First Response (EFR) courses. The training providers offering accreditation are formally registered and audited by the Australian government and are referred to as Registered Training Organisations (RTOs).

RTOs are authorised to issue Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications for training within their scope of registration. For more information, visit:

There is a wide range of RTOs in Australia. The majority of training is delivered by publicly owned technical and further education initiatives. Private and community bodies also operate RTOs, as do some schools and some large national employers.

PADI Divers may receive credit toward various certificates and diplomas for several PADI courses with the following training providers:

PADI course Receives Credit Towards Training Provider Country/
Open Water Diver + various Certificate IV + Diploma of Outdoor Recreation Technical & Further Education South Australia (TAFE SA) Australia, South Australia
Open Water Diver Certificates II + III Aquaculture Australia Fisheries Academy (AFA) Australia, South Australia
Open Water Diver, AOW Diver, Rescue Diver, EFR, Divemaster Diploma of Resort Management Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) Australia, Victoria
Open Water Diver, Scuba Diver, Skin Diver Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) Government of Western Australia, Curriculum Council Australia, Western Australia
Senior Secondary/Endorsed_Programs/

Emergency First Response (EFR) programs are recognised by the following professional organisations and governing bodies:
EFR program Endorsement Received Organization or Governing Body Country/
All EFR programs EFR is recognised as CPR and first aid course providers Australian Council for Teaching of Swimming and Water Safety (AUSTSWIM) Australia, nationwide
All EFR programs EFR is recognised as CPR and first aid course providers Department of Education and Training, W.A. - Western Australia Australia, Western Australia
Care for Children Meets requirements of First Aid Training for Child Care Workers Department of Community Services, NSW - New South Wales Australia, New South Wales
First Aid at Work (Asia Pacific version) EFR is an authorised entity to conduct Senior First Aid and CPR courses Department of Community Services, QLD - Queensland Government Australia, Queens-land
First Aid at Work (Asia Pacific version) Approved under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001 (approval # FA 03146) WorkCover NSW (New South Wales), Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Education Unit Australia, nationwide (except South Australia)
First Aid at Work (Asia Pacific version) 3LP, CNE points Royal College of Nursing Australia (RCNA) Australia, nationwide
First Aid at Work (Asia Pacific version) Aligned with Nationally Recognised Training Unit of Competency HLTFA301B "Apply First Aid" from the Health Training Package HLT06 National Training Information Service (NTIS) Australia, nationwide

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