First Aid at Work (QCF)
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 two mandatory units with a total value of 3 credits and 24 guided
*Minimum contact teaching hours apply to this qualification (to comply with HSE/Skills for Health
• Initial training should be delivered in no less than 18 hours (3 days) excluding breaks.
• Requalification training should be delivered in no less than 12 hours (2 days) excluding breaks.
To attend a requalifying course, learners must produce a copy of a First Aid at Work Certificate that is
either HSE approved or Ofqual/SQA regulated. This certificate must not have expired by more than 3
On initial and requalification courses, all practical and theoretical assessments must be passed to gain
Note – When 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 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 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 1.1
above for further details).
1.6 Relationship with Other Related Qualifications
Unit 1 of the QA Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF) also appears in the Level 2 Award in
Emergency 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.
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