About us

Karin Westphal

Meet The Founder of
First Class Caregiving

Karin Westphal is the founder, owner and director of First Class Caregiving, an internationally accredited caregiving and assistant nursing college. Founded by Karin in 1996, First Class Caregiving is an ongoing project that continues striving to achieve new levels of expertise and success. She has 34 years of industry experience and has won several international awards for consistently providing students with the highest quality of tuition in caregiving and assistant nursing.

Karin Westphal

Founder and Lecturer

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A Poem by Karin Westphal

”Nothing can dim the power of light for it was the power of light that powered the world! Never believe that the smallest of candles are worthless for the tiniest of flames can set the world on fire… Always believe in the power of your light. You can light the way to somebody’s path. That somebody may just be your future, your true love, your soul mate, your happiness or a blessing. It may very well be the one you are helping to cross over. “ – Karin Westphal


  • BHSc/ B.Sc. Health Sciences UK(Bachelor of Health Sciences United Kingdom)
  • AHA BLS (American Heart Association Basic Life Support)
  • HCAOA (Home Care Association of America)
  • NAHC (National Association for Home Care and Hospice)
  • Dip Com Law SAILT (Diploma of Commercial Law South African Institute of Legal Training)
  • B. Ed. UNISA (Bachelor of Education University of South Africa)
  • B.Sc. Hons Psychology UK/BSc
  • (Hons) Psychology UK (Bachelor of Science Honours in Psychology
  • United Kingdom) | Certificate of Bookkeeping ICB
  • Diploma of Accounting Birnam Business College
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Driven By Passion

Driven by a passion for her desire to provide students with the opportunity to pursue careers in the field of healthcare, Karin Westphal has developed more than 100 award-winning and internationally accredited programmes.

To date, her ongoing commitment to providing high-quality internationally certified training in caregiving and assistant nursing has resulted in over 27000 students graduating, many of whom have gone on to secure well-paying, rewarding careers both domestically and abroad.
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  1. Excellence in education
  2. Equity and inclusivity
  3. Personal growth and character development
  4. Community and global citizenship
  5. Innovation and adaptability.
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Admission Open for 2024

2024 admissions now open at Fist Class Caregiving. Your journey to excellence begins here.
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Our Membership

National Association for Home Care & Hospice

Home Care & Hospice
Awarded  2024

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Our Membership

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Business Awards 2023

Best Caregiving Training & Placement Company in South Africa.

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World Class Business
Gold Award

World Confederation of Businesses – WORLDCOB. 

Awarded  2021.


Fenice Media Ltd
Prestige Awards Winner

Fenice Media is a UK-based media group with an international presence. 

Awarded 2020.

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