Have you chosen the right course?

Selecting the correct course in the first aid training cycle:

Follow our training cycle to check which course is suitable for yours or your business's needs.

Please note that some courses can be confused, such as the 3 hour annual refresher course and the 2 day re-qualification course. Follow our training cycle diagram to check which course is right for you.

If you are unsure about the number of qualified first aiders required for your workplace, or the level of training required, complete the 3 simple steps in our free First Aid Requirements Calculator. The results are produced based on the latest HSE guidance.

Should you start with the First Aid at Work (FAW) 3 day course, or the Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) 1 day course?

Begin by assessing the first aid needs of your workplace using our First Aid Requirements Calculator. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) instructs that every workplace must have ‘adequate and appropriate’ first aid arrangements. The HSE acknowledges that the required first aid provisions will depend on the type of work and the location of the work.

The Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) course equips learners for handling common workplace incidents until medical professionals arrive.

The First Aid at Work (FAW) is a comprehensive 3 day course teaching learners how to diagnose and treat injuries or illness, with emphasis on dealing with life threatening situations until professional help arrives.  This can be completed as a blended learning course, with the first day completed online.

What is the First Aid at Work Requalifying course:

The First Aid at Work Requalifying course is a condensed version of the 3 day First Aid at Work course. The requalifying course is a 2 day course suitable for those who already hold a valid First Aid at Work (FAW) certificate.  As the FAW certificate holder has previously completed the 3 day course and has not allowed the certificate to expire, they are capable of covering the full FAW content, but in a significantly shorter timeframe.

To reduce the chance of learners failing to gain their qualification, the HSE recommends it is “prudent” to complete a 3 day course if the previous FAW certificate has expired by more than 1 month.

It should also be noted that once a person’s FAW certificate has expired, they can no longer be a designated first aider in the workplace.

What is the Annual Refresher:

The Resuscitation Council UK and the HSE strongly recommend that first aiders receive Annual Refresher training. The 3 hour course provides delegates with the chance to refresh their first aid skills and knowledge, and stay up to date with the latest first aid techniques. Due to the ongoing development of COVID-19 guidance it is particularly important for first aiders to keep abreast with current first aid advise.

The annual refresher is available as a convenient live remote course. It is completed via Zoom and fits into a delegate’s workday without taking up any additional travel time.

Alternative courses available

Did you know that as well as excellent quality first aid courses, we also offer Health & Safety, Fire Safety, Manual Handling, and Food Safety courses. Find out more on our Courses page.

Contact us:

If you are unsure about any of the above then please contact our friendly customer service team on 03303 112 199 who would be happy to assist.

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"The feedback I get from my team is always extremely positive and the trainers manage to inject some humour into what can be a very dull subject as I always hear laughing coming from the training room! I would definitely recommend First on Scene Training as your first aid training provider!" Emma Vithlani, Mind
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