First Aid at Work (FAW) Renewal

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This course is for holders of a current First Aid at Work qualification which is due to expire, or where candidates would like to refresh and update their first aid aid knowledge, and revalidate their qualification for a further three years.

If someone has previously held the First Aid at Work qualification but it has expired, please consider the following rules for attendance…

  • A First Aider can renew their FAW qualification by attending a two day renewal course without question, if it’s within one month of the expiry date.
  • If the First Aider has lapsed by more than one month, but no longer than three months, they can requalify by attending a two day course providing ‘special considerations’ have been applied (see below).

Special considerations are…

  • A signed letter from the employer to Edenfield stating the reasons why in their opinion, the First Aider is suitably experienced to attend a two day course and does not require a full three day FAW course; or
  • A decision is made by Edenfield after discussions with the employer, or the First Aider, and deciding that their previous experience is sufficient to attend a two day course.

If the First Aider has lapsed beyond three months then they must attend a full three day course.

The important thing to remember is that as soon as the certificate expires, the First Aider is no longer considered competent to act as a First Aider in the workplace which may leave the employer with a shortfall in first aid provision. Therefore, it would be prudent to arrange their requalification before they expire.

Qualification details and validity

The First Aid at Work (England, Wales, Northern Ireland RQF level 3 / Scotland SCQG level 6) is valid for three years. This course renews existing qualifications and consists of 12 contact hours, including of practical and theoretical activities.

Course syllabus

The course syllabus includes… Legalities, responsibilities and reporting | Assessing the situation |Heart attacks | Dealing with an unresponsive casualty | Eye injuries | Fractures and spinal injuries | Choking | Control of bleeding | Chest injuries | Diabetes | Shock (including Anaphylaxis) | Asthma | Head injuries | Poisoning | Sprains and strains | Stroke | Burns | Epilepsy | Resuscitation (including the use of a defibrillator) | Bandaging

Assessment and certification

Assessment is ongoing by the instructor, along with a multiple choice question paper after each day, and a three-year qualification will be issued to those who satisfy the criteria. In addition, the HSE strongly recommend that all students undergo an annual refresher programme of three hours.

Age restrictions and group sizes

A maximum of 12 learners are allowed per instructor and must be a minimum of 14 years of age. An individual cannot assume a responsibility in the workplace until they reach the age of 16, and then it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that the student is suitable for that role. The qualification will expire as dated on the certificate, irrespective of age.

Training options (open courses, off-peak and on-site training)
To see our upcoming open courses please scroll down. We are also pleased to offer on-site training which can be tailored to meet the needs of your organisation or sector, and can be delivered on a flexible basis (i.e. across a number of mornings/afternoons/evenings/weekends). For details, go to our on-site training page.

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If we don’t have a suitable date listed, you can register your interest in future courses or get in touch to enquire about on-site training.