First Aid Courses FAQ


8 FAQ on First Aid Courses.

How much is a First Aid Course?

Prices vary depending on which type of training courses are required. An online first aid awareness course that outlines the requirements of the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 and provides some basic guidance on first aid in emergency situations will be £10 or less.

A 1-day Emergency first aid at work course, that covers the basics of first aid treatment in an emergency situation and results in a certificate valid for 3 years, costs from £50 per person.

Longer 3-day courses resulting in a level 3 certificate  for work in more hazardous environments, or for a more in-depth understanding of first aid knowledge and techniques cost from £210 per person.

A paediatric first aid course for children up to the age of 8 will cost from £70 per person.

Which First Aid course should I take?

The best way to assess training course requirements for yourself or your staff is to do an online first aid awareness course that outlines the law and the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981. After completing the course you will know which courses, if any, you need to take or book for your staff.

People working with children up to 8 years of age should have paediatric first aid course certificate.

The British Red Cross Society has an online course finder to help you choose the most appropriate training for your needs.

How long is a first aid course valid for?

This is the same question as "How long does a first aid course last?".

First aid at work (FAW) certificates, Emergency first aid at work (EFAW) certificates and paediatric first aid courses are all valid for 3 years. Some training providers offer refresher training, but most insist the entire course is done again.

Are First Aid Courses Hard?

A good first aid training course won’t require any prior knowledge of first aid or emergency response. Courses are usually designed for complete beginners and you won’t be expected to have any prior knowledge.

Courses often don't involve a final exam or assessment. Instead, students are assessed throughout the day by a trained tutor. As long as the practical demonstrations have been carried out successfully, students will be awarded with a certificate valid for three years.

For knowledge of the law and employer responsibilities an online first aid awareness course that outlines the law and the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 is all that is required. This does require some reading and comprehension skills.

What do you learn in a First Aid Course.

An online first aid awareness course is intended to provide awareness of the requirements of The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations. It will also provide some basic first aid advice and a limited number of emergency scenarios. Online courses are basic awareness course and not skills based training courses.

On an Emergency First Aid at Work Course, you are taught a mixture of both practical and theory. Usually how to examine a casualty, use a defibrillator, basic life support and controlling bleeding and trauma. The aim is to preserve life long enough for medically trained individuals to take over.

Other first aid skills are usually taught such as treating burns and scalds as well as assisting a choking individual. Recording and reporting should be covered as it is essential for those in the working environment.

What to wear to a First Aid Course?

Casual clothing is recommended that is loose fitting and comfortable. Many of the demonstrations require kneeling, so trousers and flat shoes are the most convenient.

What to bring to a First Aid Course?

You will not be expected to have any prior knowledge or have practiced any medical techniques. Bring a positive attitude and willingness to participate in the practical scenarios.

Can you do a First Aid Course online?

You can do an online first aid awareness course that outlines the requirements of the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 and provides some basic guidance on first aid in emergency situations.

For obvious reasons you cannot do online courses where practical skills have to be demonstrated and performed by yourself.