First Aid at Work

The qualification covers knowledge such as 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.

How long will it take me to achieve this qualification?

This qualification is usually obtained by taking a 3-day classroom-based course with contact hours of 18.

How is the qualification assessed?

The qualification is assessed by the following two methods:

  1. Practical observation

The practical assessment is completed throughout the course delivery. This ongoing assessment will involve learners demonstrating practical first aid skills.

  1. Written/oral questioning

Learners must provide a short response to set questions within a learner pack covering underpinning knowledge of first aid.