Pre-Hospital Emergency Care

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Welcome to the Emergency Care Technician (ECT) CPG Transition Course!  The HPCSA released the new Clinical Practice Guidelines in 2018 and you have taken the first step in aligning yourself with the new guidelines.  Please work through all the modules thoroughly before challenging the module examination.  You need 80% for each module examination to proceed to the next module.  Each module has learning units.  For any enquiries on the content, please e-mail

As an ECT practitioner you gained new skills and controversially also lost a few skills.  PHEC saw it fit to refresh some skills which may relate to the change in scope of practice, please note that you will not be assessed on the revision content.  The skills you gained will be illustrated in video format, you may watch the videos repeatedly.  The content are downloadable and still remain property of Pre-Hospital Emergency Care, please use the content for personal use only.

Enjoy the course and good luck!


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