This qualification is regulated in the UK and awarded by First Aid Awards. FAA are an Awarding Organisation regulated by Ofqual and SQA Accreditation. The qualification sits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).
The qualification is delivered, assessed and quality assured in accordance with the Assessment Principles for Regulated First Aid Qualifications. The qualification is delivered in accordance with the protocols set by the latest Resuscitation Council Guidelines.
The qualification consists of one mandatory unit:
The qualification is available to learners aged 14 or over but a learner is unable to act as a First Aider in the workplace until they reach the age of 16. Due to the practical nature of the first aid assessment there are physical demands and learners must be able to demonstrate their skills as in a real-life situation. An example of this would be to demonstrate CPR on a manikin at floor level. It is recommended that learners should hold a minimum of Level 1 in literacy or equivalent to undertake this qualification. It may be possible to allocate a reasonable adjustment to a learner who has a disability, medical condition or learning need; learners should contact their training provider to discuss. Any reasonable adjustments granted must be in line with the FAA Reasonable Adjustments Policy.
The qualification has 6 assigned guided learning hours (GLH) and 7 hours total qualification time (TQT). GLH indicates the number of classroom contact hours that the learner will undertake. TQT includes GLH but also takes into account any unsupervised learning and is an estimate of how long the average learner will take to complete the qualification. The minimum classroom contact time of six hours can be delivered in a single day or spread over a maximum of three weeks, ensuring that each session is a minimum of two hours. The class ratio for this qualification is a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 learners to 1 Trainer/Assessor.
The qualification is valid for three years from the date of achievement. It is strongly recommended by the Health and Safety Executive that the learner attends annual refresher training.
The learner will need to complete the full course again to requalify for a further three years. On expiry of the qualification the HSE guidance states that the First Aider is no longer considered competent to act as a First Aider in the workplace.
It is prudent to arrange requalification before expiry to ensure that a workplace is not left with a shortfall of qualified First Aiders.
who achieve this qualification may progress on to the FAA First Aid at Work or other related qualifications within first aid. FAA also offer qualifications in health & safety, food safety and safeguarding should learners wish to diversify.