Emergency life-saving training/first aid course
In order to obtain a driving licence, you must provide evidence of having completed training in emergency life-saving or a first aid course.
In general, these rules also apply to EU citizens in Austria.
- Emergency life-saving training: six hours for all categories, except for category AM, category D und category DE
- First aid course: 16 hours for category D and category DE
Emergency life-saving training and first aid courses are usually organised by your driving school with an external provider.
The following are examples of institutions that offer first aid courses:
- Austrian Red Cross (→ ÖRK)German text
- Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Österreichs (→ ASB)German text
- Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe Österreich (→ die Johanniter)German text
- Malteser Hospitaldienst Austria (→ die Maltester) German text
- Emergency service or medical transportation service of a regional authority
The 6-hour emergency life-saving training has unlimited validity.
Instruction in life-saving emergency measures is also offered by institutions that are not authorised to do so! These include, for example, Unfallhilfe Austria (UHA) or the KIRT association.
It is therefore strongly recommended that before attending a course offered by another provider (other than those listed above as authorised bodies), you make sure that the respective body is actually authorised to do so. Otherwise the course cannot be recognised and must be attended again!
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