1. Qualification Overview
This qualification is based on the HSE training standard for delivery of First Aid at Work courses for the purposes
of the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981.
1.1 Aim of Qualification
The aim of the qualification is to enable learners to attain the knowledge and competencies needed to deal with
a range of emergency first aid situations. Learners should be able to demonstrate the practical administration of
safe, prompt, effective first aid in emergency situations with an understanding of the role of the first aider.
1.2 Structure of the Qualification
This qualification is comprised of one mandatory unit with a total value of 1 credit and 8 guided learning hours*
*Minimum contact teaching hours apply to this qualification - to comply with HSE/Skills for Health
guidance the EFAW qualification should be delivered in no less than 6 hours (1 day) excluding breaks.
Note – Whilst a first aider’s certificate has expired, that person will not be accepted as a workplace first aider under the Health
& Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981, so employers should be encouraged to requalify their first aiders early.
1.3 Intended Audience
The qualification is designed for people who have a specific responsibility at work, or in voluntary and community
activities, to provide First Aid when dealing with an emergency situation.
1.4 Entry Requirements
There are no formal entry requirements but in order to benefit from the learning, learners should possess
communication skills sufficient to allow them to address the assessment requirements of the qualification.
1.5 Requalification Requirements
This QA Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work is valid for a period of 3 years, within which time the learner
will need to re-take the course and the assessments in order to remain qualified (please refer to 1.2 above for
1.6 Relationship with Other Related Qualifications
The QA Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF) contains one unit that also appears in the Level 3
Award in First Aid at Work offered by ourselves and other awarding organisations. Therefore, learners who have
achieved Unit 1 (Emergency First Aid in the Workplace) can use this under Recognition of Prior Learning towards
the QA Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work, providing they take the assessments for Unit 2 within 10 weeks of
achieving Unit 1 due to the expiration of these certificates.
The QA Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF) is restricted and can only be used towards the Level
3 Award in First Aid at Work.
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