Emergency First Aid at Work Level 3 VTQ
1 day (6 hours)

EFAW is suitable for low hazard environments and working conditions that require basic first aid cover. For example small offices and companies with a low number of staff or teachers of small groups of adults.
No previous first aid experience is required to attend this course.

The Emergency First Aid at Work qualification (EFAW) is ideal for most businesses whose risk assessment has identified that there is no requirement for a fully trained first aider for their workplace.

All courses are delivered, evaluated and quality assured to meet the new guidelines set out by the HSE in October 2013 and meet the requirements of the First Aid at Work (First Aid) regulations 1981 and subsequent 2016 changes. The EFAW course fully meets the UK and European Resuscitation Council Guidelines 2015 as per the HSE requirements.

Training programme

  • The role of the first aider including:
    – the importance of preventing cross infection
    – the need for recording incidents and subsequent actions
    – use of available first aid equipment
  • Legislation – first aid law including first aider litigation issues
  • Assessing any situation to act safely, promptly and effectively in any emergency
  • Unconscious casualty management including Epilepsy
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for a non-breathing casualty
  • Use of an Automated External Defibrillator
  • Choking first aid for a casualty with a blocked airway
  • First aid for a casualty that has been injured and is bleeding
  • Shock (Hypovolemic)
  • Minor injuries first aid for small cuts, grazes and bruises and small splinters
  • Minor burns and scalds

Due Diligence

The Health and Safety First Aid Regulations have been amended as of the 1st October 2013 so that the Health and Safety Executive no longer approve first aid training or qualifications. The responsibility has now moved to employers to confirm that First Aid providers that they use are competent and up to date.

The published document ‘HSE GEIS3’ is available to view and download at http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/geis3.pdf. This document provides a ‘due diligence’ check list that employers should use when assessing potential First Aid Training Providers.

The National School of First Aid Training offers minimal bureaucracy as well as the most up to date, legally compliant and first aid training and qualifications.



Our Instructors come from a range of professional and voluntary backgrounds such as:

  • emergency services (ambulance, police and fire service)
  • military (medics)
  • outdoor professionals (Mountain leaders)
  • Community Responders
  • Experienced First Aiders

We aim to match instructors to your specific training requirements. They are aware of the specific needs of various outdoor environments, fully understanding the problems and judgements that have to be made when dealing with incidents in stressful, dangerous and remote situations.


Our training is very practical and hands on. We do not rely upon the usual ‘death by PowerPoint’, instead we use progressive incident scenario based training methods. Our courses teach techniques proven to work in real life incidents and not just in a classroom. Our training builds confidence and develops first aid skills into complete incident management.


There are no formal prerequisites to attend this course. The minimum age to attend is 14 and you must be reasonably fit and strong due to the physical nature of the training.

Basic written and verbal English comprehension is required. To pass you must be able to demonstrate practical competence as well as answer the written test questions to an acceptable standard.

If you have any disabilities please contact us beforehand to discuss how we might be able to support you.



All candidates must attend the full course to pass. Each candidate is continually assessed throughout and must demonstrate competence in all the assessed skills.

In addition, there is a written test at the end which will either be a multiple choice question (MCQ) paper or a written answer paper.


Our awarding body for Emergency First Aid at Work qualifications is through our Trade Body, Pro Trainings.

Pro Trainings Authorises our Qualifications and can also provide Regulated Certificates through TQUK


In-house course for 12 candidates
- £600 + vat

Individual candidate
- £80 + vat

See also…

Qualification suitable for…

Low risk working environments such as:

  • Offices
  • Self employed
  • Adult Education Tutors

Related courses

First Aid at Work
First Aid at Work Requalification
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation (Ofqual)
Annual Skills Refresher Course


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