First Aid at Work

Course Duration: 3 day course programme (18 hours tuition)

On completion of training, successful candidates should be able to:

  • Understand the role of the first-aider including reference to:
    • the importance of preventing cross infection
    • the need for recording incidents and actions
    • use of available equipment
    • assess the situation and circumstances in order to act safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency
  • Administer appropriate first aid to current protocols to a casualty who:
    • is unconscious
    • is not breathing
    • is choking
    • is wounded and bleeding
    • is in shock or has fainted
    • is burned or scalded
    • has injuries to bones, muscles and joints, including suspected spinal injuries, head injuries or chest injuries
    • has eye injuries
    • is suffering from poisoning
    • is in anaphylactic shock
    • is suffering from extreme temperature, hypothermia, heat exhaustion, heatstroke
  • Recognise the presence of major illness and provide appropriate first aid to a casualty who is suffering from:
    • a heart attack
    • a stroke
    • a seizure
    • asthma
    • diabetes
  • Provide appropriate first aid for minor injuries (including small cuts, grazes and bruises, small splinters).

Each candidate will receive a folder containing a first aid manual, a resuscitation face shield, notebook and pen and other relevant handouts.

Each candidate will be assessed by an independent assessor and on successful completion two certificates will be issued, one A4 display certificate and one wallet size certificate.  Alternatively, if the course is delivered through Qualsafe Awards candidates will be continually assessed by the tutor in both practical and theory assessments.


Certification is valid for 3 years and it is recommended that a 3 hour refresher course is attended annually.

If the first aider does not retrain or re-qualify before the expiry date on their current certificate they are no longer considered competent to act as a first aider in the workplace. They can requalify any time after their expiry date by undertaking a 2 day requalification course. However, it may be prudent to complete the 3 day FAW course especially when a considerable period, ie in excess of one month has elapsed since the FAW certificate expired. (see First Aid at Work – The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 – Guidance on Regulations)