All First Aid courses have a practical assessment and therefore all learners must be able to take part in these assessments.
Learners should have the ability to get on the floor to demonstrate CPR, and to put a casualty in to recovery position.
HSE strongly recommends that first-aiders undertake annual refresher training, over half a day, during any three-year certification period.
Although not mandatory, this will help qualified first-aiders maintain their basic skills and keep up to date with any changes to first-aid procedures.
The First Aid training at Work statutory course complies with the current Health and Safety ( First Aid ) Regulations.
A first aider is someone who has undergone a training course in administering first aid at work and holds a current first aid at work certificate.
Since changes to the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulation 1981 on 1 October 2013, HSE no longer approves first aid training and qualifications – or first aid training providers.
The only first-aid training HSE approves is under the Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (first aid) Regulations 1989.
FAW training courses involve at least 18 hours of training and are run over a minimum of three days.
EFAW training courses involve at least six hours of training and are run over a minimum of one day.