First Aid At Work – 3 Day

Accredited Qualification

Qualsafe (QA) Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work RQF (Regulated Quality Framework).

Who should take this course?

Automated External Defibrillator (AED) portable electronic life saver

Automated External Defibrillator (AED) portable electronic life saver

This 3-day course is ideal for:

  • Companies/businesses that deal with higher or advanced level of hazards – for example: construction, manufacturing or chemical plants.
  • Companies/businesses where a needs assessment has identified a requirement to cover a broader syllabus to cover the recognition and treatment of a wider range of conditions.

Note: If a delegate has previously completed the 3-day First Aid at Work course, and their certification is in date, the 2-day re-qualification course may be sufficient.

Course Overview

This course leads to The First Aid at Work (FAW) certificate.  This qualification is based on the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) training standard for delivery of First Aid at Work (FAW) courses for the purpose of the Health & Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981.

Aim of Qualification

The First Aid At Work (FAW) qualification enables learners to attain the knowledge and competencies needed to deal with a range of emergency first aid situations.  On successful completion of the course learners should be able to demonstrate the practical administration of safe, prompt, effective first aid in emergency situations. They should also have a good understanding of the role of the first aider.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However, the courses are intensive and learners should:

  • Have communication skills sufficient to allow them to address the assessment requirements of the qualification.
  • Be physically able to perform the relevant actions and techniques included in the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) syllabus.
  • Be in attendance for the entire course duration to be eligible for evaluation and qualify for the First Aid at Work certificate.

Course Duration

The First Aid At Work (FAW) course is a 3-day course which can be delivered on non-consecutive days.  This is, to include a minimum of 18 hours training and assessment.  The contact hours are exclusive of breaks.

Note: If the course is delivered over a period of more than 3 days, each session must be a minimum of 2 hours, over a maximum period of 10 weeks).

Course Content

The Role & Responsibilities of a first aider
Assessing an incident
Managing an unresponsive casualty
Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) & Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
Recovery Position
Heart Attack
Head and spinal injuries
Chest injuries
Wounds & bleeding
Sprains, strains and dislocations
Minor injuries
Burns & scalds
Eye injuries

Optional Module on Catastrophic Bleeding (Haemostatic Dressings & Tourniquets)


Learners are required to complete both theory and practical assessments. Practical skills are assessed by continuous observation by the trainer and there is a written assessment paper to check understanding.


An A4 Qualsafe First Aid Made Easy booklet is provided for each learner.


The First Aid at Work (FAW) certificate is valid for period of 3 years.  However, under the current Resuscitation Council guidelines, it is strongly recommended that first aid staff still attend a half-day update every 12 months. Please contact us for details.