Further Information

Awarding Body: 

HABC Accredited

Course Duration:

18 hours guided learning (3 days)


Practical demonstration and oral/written questions.


Please note for in-house courses we can only train up to 12 delegates at a time and need a large room to allow for demonstrations.

Overview and Benefits

This qualification is aimed at managers, supervisors, team leaders, and employees wishing to gain a nationally recognised qualification in first aid to enable them to become a first aider within their place of work where the organisation has identified that their staff need to be trained to this level within their first-aid needs assessment.

This qualification covers the roles and responsibilities of the first aider, how to assess an incident and recognising signs and symptoms of injury and illness. The qualification also covers first aid skills in CPR and use of an AED and assisting a casualty who is suffering from major injury and illness such as chest injuries, spinal injuries and anaphylaxis.

In line with guidance provided by the HSE, the qualification supports/approves work place first aiders for a period of 3 years, after which point learners will need to retake the course. In addition to this, it is recommended that learners refresh their knowledge annually.

Course Content

The course includes:

  • Practical observation: across a number of areas including demonstrating practical first aid skills using different techniques;
  • The role and responsibilities of a First Aider: including preventing cross infection; the need for recording incidents and actions; safe use of available equipment; assessing an incident; summoning assistance; prioritising treatment; dealing with post incident stress.
  • Obtaining Consent: the need for consent on a continual basis when providing first aid.
  • Calling for Assistance: evaluating a situation to determine when to summon further assistance and what type of assistance to request.
  • When to administer Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation: CPR including ‘correct placement of AED pads’ and ‘follows AED instructions’.
  • Using the Recovery Position: how to put the patient into a position that maintains a stable open draining airway.
  • Administering First Aid: how to provide appropriate help to a casualty, manage the situation and seek appropriate assistance when necessary.
  • Seizure: the ability to identify different seizures.
  • Shock: how to identify hypovolemic shock (resulting from blood loss).
Course Objectives

This qualification will enable successful candidates to:

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of a First Aider;
  • Identify how to minimise the risk of infection to self and others;
  • Identify the need for consent to provide first aid;
  • Be able to assess an incident including conducting a scene survey and casualty survey;
  • How and when to summon appropriate assistance when necessary;
  • Be able to provide first aid to an unresponsive casualty;
  • Identify when to administer Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR);
  • Demonstrate CPR using a manikin;
  • Justify when and how to place a casualty into the recovery position;
  • Identify how to administer first aid to a casualty who is experiencing a seizure or is choking;
  • Identify when choking is: mild or severe;
  • Be able to provide first aid to a casualty with external bleeding.