First Aid at Work

The Health and Safety Executive produce an Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) and guidance for the application of Health & Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981.

Our first aid qualifications are accredited by the national qualification regulators in Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales.

  • SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority)
  • Ofqual (Official Regulator of Qualifications in Eng, Wales &NI)

Regulations state there is no need for employers to perform due diligence checks on regulated ITC Centres delivering ITC qualifications.  See paragraph 12 of HSE document GIS3.

Statutory Qualifications for HSE Regulatory Compliance

Employers need to provide First Aid care on their premises for staff and have a duty of care towards all visitors and users of their facilities. We can assist you in your assessment of your statutory first aid needs.

Course Overviews

  • EFAW Emergency First Aid at Work (1-day of 6 contact hours)
  • FAW First Aid at Work (over 3-days with 18 contact hours)
  • FAWR First Aid at Work Refresher (over 2-days and 12 contact hours)


Employers have to risk assess their workplace first aid requirements and the 3-day First Aid is at Work (FAW) qualification is one of the qualifications for this purpose.

As well as requiring full attendance, each candidate is continually assessed on each section of the programme and then has to complete an external examination, according to current HSE regulations.

3-day FAW Programme

First 6-hours content is EFAW:
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 first aid to a casualty who is unconscious (including seizure);
Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation cpr;
Administer first aid to a casualty who is choking;
Administer first aid to a casualty who is wounded and bleeding;
Administer first aid to a casualty who is suffering from shock;
Provide appropriate first aid for minor injuries (including small cuts, grazes and bruises, minor burns and scalds, small splinters).

Further 12 hours content for FAW
Provide emergency first aid at work (see above);
Administer first aid to a casualty with:
– injuries to bones, muscles and joints, including suspected spinal injuries;
– chest injuries;
– burns and scalds;
– eye injuries;
– sudden poisoning;
– anaphylactic shock;
Recognise the presence of major illness and provide appropriate first aid (including heart attack, stroke, epilepsy, asthma, diabetes).
External examination of candidates.

The full First Aid at Work qualification is revalidated by completing a 12-hour Revalidation First Aid at Work (FAWR) course, providing the FAW certificate is within its valid lifetime. (The FAWR qualification can be taken up to 3 months before date of expiry or within 28 days past expiry of FAW).

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