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Qualsafe Level 3 First Aid at Work course (QCF FAW)

This Level 3 First Aid at Work course provides learners with the first aid training needed to deal with a range of first aid situations. Learners should be able to demonstrate the practical administration of safe, prompt and effective first aid along with an understanding of the role of the first aider.

It contains two mandatory training units.

  • First Aid at Work course suitability

    This regulated First Aid at Work course is a Qualsafe Awards Level 3 (QCF) qualification.

    It runs for 18 hours, usually over 3 days.

    You will find this course relevant if you are responsible for first aid in your workplace.

    In particular it is suitable if your first aid risk assessment indicates a need for a full 3-day first aid at work course or if any of the following apply to your workplace:

    • working at heights
    • engineering or similar machinery
    • vehicles in-use (e.g. forklift trucks etc)
    • dangerous chemicals
    • heavy weights
    • staff with pre-existing conditions
    • more than 50 employees

In unit 1 the learner must:

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of a first aider
  • Be able to assess an incident
  • Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is breathing normally
  • Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is not breathing normally (CPR)
  • Be able understand the importance of, and be able to use an AED (automated external defibrillator)
  • Recognise and assist a casualty who is choking
  • Manage a casualty who is wounded and bleeding (including catastrophic bleeding)
  • Manage a casualty who is in shock
  • Understand how to manage a casualty with a minor injury.

In unit 2 the learner must:

  • Be able to conduct a secondary survey
  • Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with suspected head and spinal injury
  • Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with a suspected chest injury
  • Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with burns and scalds
  • Be able to administer first aid a casualty with an eye injury
  • Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with sudden poisoning
  • Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with anaphylaxis
  • Be able to administer first aid to casualty with a suspected major illness including:
    • Heart attack
    • Stroke
    • Epilepsy
    • Asthma
    • Diabetes

This qualification and learning outcomes are based on the recommendations of:

  • Resuscitation Council (UK)
  • Skills for Health Assessment Principles for First Aid Qualifications.

It is:

  • Based on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) training standard for delivery of First Aid at Work (FAW) courses for the purposes of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981
  • suitable for those who deal with first aid at work, enabling them to be first aiders under the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981.

It comprises 2 mandatory units with a total value of 3 credits.

*Minimum contact teaching hours apply to this qualification.  Initial training should be delivered in no less than 18 hours (3 days).  Requalification training should be delivered in no less than 12 hours (2 days).

To attend a first aid at work requalifying course, learners must produce a copy of their valid first aid at work certificate.  This must be either Ofqual/SQA regulated, from one of the voluntary aid societies (St John Ambulance, the Red Cross or St Andrew’s First Aid) or from one of the voluntarily-accredited first aid providers.

Candidates must bring along a piece of photo identification in order to sign in at the start of this course.

You will be assessed practically throughout the course.

You will also need to demonstrate competence in:

  • CPR and safe use of an AED
  • care of the unconscious casualty and
  • management of wounds and bleeding
  • secondary survey
  • management of fractures
  • optional assessment: catastrophic bleeding

You will also undertake two theoretical multiple choice papers on the information provided during the course.

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Qualsafe Level 3 First Aid at Work Requalifier course (QCF RFAW)

This Level 3 First Aid at Work Requalifier course contains two mandatory training units.

This refresher first aid training course refreshes and renews the skills and qualification for the holder of a full FAW certificate.  It runs for 12 hours, usually over two separate days.
This QA Level 3 (QCF) Requalifier First Aid at Work course is designed for those people who have a current, valid First Aid at Work certificate which is due to expire, and needs to be renewed.

It provides learners the knowledge and skills needed to deal with a range of emergency first aid situations. Learners should be able to demonstrate the practical administration of safe, prompt, effective first aid in emergency situations with an understanding of the role of the first aider.

In unit 1 the learner must:

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of a first aider
  • Be able to assess an incident
  • Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is breathing normally
  • Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is not breathing normally (CPR)
  • Be able understand the importance of, and be able to use an AED (automated external defibrillator)
  • Recognise and assist a casualty who is choking
  • Manage a casualty who is wounded and bleeding (including catastrophic bleeding)
  • Manage a casualty who is in shock.
  • Understand how to manage a casualty with a minor injury

In unit 2 the learner must:

  • Be able to conduct a secondary survey
  • Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with suspected head and spinal injury
  • Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with a suspected chest injury
  • Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with burns and scalds
  • Be able to administer first aid a casualty with an eye injury
  • Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with sudden poisoning
  • Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with anaphylaxis
  • Be able to administer first aid to casualty with a suspected major illness including:
    • Heart attack
    • Stroke
    • Epilepsy
    • Asthma
    • Diabetes

This qualification and learning outcomes are based on the recommendations of:

  • Resuscitation Council (UK)
  • Skills for Health Assessment Principles for First Aid Qualifications.

It is:

  • Based on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) training standard for delivery of First Aid at Work (FAW) courses for the purposes of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981
  • suitable for those who deal with first aid at work, enabling them to be first aiders under the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981.

It comprises 2 mandatory units with a total value of 3 credits.

*Minimum contact teaching hours apply to this qualification – Training should be delivered in no less than 12 hours (2 days).

To attend a first aid at work requalifying course, learners must produce a copy of their valid first aid at work certificate.  This must be either Ofqual/SQA regulated, from one of the voluntary aid societies (St John Ambulance, the Red Cross or St Andrew’s First Aid) or from one of the voluntarily-accredited first aid providers.

Candidates must bring along a piece of photo identification in order to sign in at the start of this course.

You will be assessed practically throughout the course.

You will also need to demonstrate competence in:

  • CPR and safe use of an AED
  • care of the unconscious casualty and
  • management of wounds and bleeding
  • secondary survey
  • management of fractures
  • optional assessment: catastrophic bleeding

You will also undertake two theoretical multiple choice papers on the information provided during the course.

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Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF EFAW)

This emergency first aid at work training course teaches the delegate how to respond correctly to first aid emergency situations while awaiting the arrival of a medical professional.  It runs for 6 hours.
This regulated Emergency First Aid at Work course is a Qualsafe Awards Level 2 (QCF) qualification.

It runs for a minimum of 6 taught hours.

Emergency First Aid at Work course suitability

You will find this course of interest if you are a first aider in your workplace or other organisation.

You will find it especially suitable if your risk assessment identified that your organisation needs first aiders trained to 1-day (Emergency First Aid) level.  This is likely if you work in a low-risk environment and have fewer than 50 employees in your organisation.

Finally, you will find this course helpful for you if you wish to know first aid for personal or home use.

•    Understand the role and responsibilities of a first aider
•    Be able to assess an incident
•    Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is breathing normally (Recovery position), including seizure
•    Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is not breathing normally (CPR)
•    Be able to understand the importance of, and be able to use an AED (automated external defibrillator)
•    Recognise and assist a choking casualty
•    Manage a wounded and bleeding casualty (including catastrophic bleeding)
•    Manage a casualty who is in shock
•    Understand how to manage a casualty with a minor injury.

This qualification and learning outcomes are based on the recommendations of:

  • Resuscitation Council (UK)
  • Skills for Health Assessment Principles for First Aid Qualifications.

It is:

  • Based on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) training standard for delivery of Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) courses for the purposes of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981
  • Suitable for those who deal with emergency first aid at work, enabling them to be Emergency First Aiders under the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981.

The qualification comprises one mandatory unit with a total credit value of 1 and 8 guided learning hours*.

*There is a minimum of 6 contact hours provided as a part of this qualification.

Candidates must bring along a piece of photo identification in order to sign in at the start of this course.

As a learner on this course, you will be assessed practically throughout the day.

During the course, you will be taught and will need to demonstrate competence in:

  • CPR and safe use of an AED
  • care of the unconscious casualty and
  • management of wounds and bleeding
  • optional assessment: catastrophic bleeding

You will also undertake a theoretical multiple choice paper on the information provided during the day.

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First Aid at Work Annual Update

This annual half-day first aid training course provides an update of the key skills of CPR and control of bleeding.  The HSE recommend that it is undertaken by first aiders in each year between their full first aid courses, in order to combat skills fade. It runs for three hours.

This 3-hour first aid refresher course reminds your first aiders of many of the crucial skills that they learned during their last regulated first aid course.

It also reinforces the practical learning of those skills, which they may not have used since they were first trained.

First Aid Refresher Course Suitability

This course is relevant for holders of the regulated First Aid at Work (FAW), Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) and Paediatric First Aid certificates.

Non first aiders can also attend this course to gain some basic knowledge of the subject.  However they would not be able to act as formal workplace first aiders, without first attending a full first aid course.

First Aid Refresher Course Contents

This course is intended to:

  • refresh first aid skills in the years between first certification and subsequent renewals, and
  • teach attendees about important updates to first aid guidance since their original training
  • help to increase attendees confidence in very important but rarely used skills.

The course includes the following core topics, refreshing the key skills of:

  • Acting safely and promptly in the event of an emergency
  • CPR (theory and practise)
  • Use of an AED (theory and practise)
  • Care of the unconscious casualty (inc. recovery position)
  • Choking
  • Control of bleeding

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