First Aid at Work (QCF/SCQF) - 3 days - ITC Level 3 Award (QCF) & (SCQF Level 6)

Suitable for high hazard environments and working conditions that require comprehensive first aid cover such as in factories or on building sites and companies with high numbers of staff. No previous first aid experience is required to attend this course.

Legislation from the 1st October 2013

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 are ‘up to the job’. The published document ‘HSE GEIS3’ is available to view and download at This document provides a 4 page ‘due diligence’ check list with an appendix that employers have to keep for inspection adding to employers health and safety bureaucracy. However, ‘due to awarding organisations (The National School of First Aid Training) offering ‘regulated qualifications’, you (the employer) do not have to use the checklist to satisfy yourself of the competency of that organisation’ (paragraph 12 of HSE document GEIS3). 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.

The National School of First Aid Training offer the new and updated First Aid at Work qualification, awarded as a Level 3 QCF qualification in England and Wales and a Level 6 SCQF qualification in Scotland. The old First Aid at Work course is being withdrawn in 2013 as the HSE will no longer be issuing first aid awards.

 First Aid at Work programme

Day 1 – same as the 1 day Emergency First Aid at Work covering:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Choking first aid for a casualty with a blocked airway
  • Wounded and bleeding first aid for a casualty who has been injured
  • Shock (Hypovolemic)
  • Minor injuries first aid for small cuts, grazes and bruises, minor burns and scalds and small splinters
  • Legislation – first aid law including first aider litigation issues

Day 2 and 3 – specific to the 3 day First Aid at Work course including:

  • Injuries to bones, muscles and joints including fractures, breaks, sprains and strains
  • Spinal injuries including log rolls and priorities
  • Chest injuries, open and closed injuries including impalement and fractured ribs
  • Burns and scalds, severe and minor, including specific burns such as chemical and electrical
  • Eye injuries and prevention
  • Poisoning including specific work place poisons and methods of entry
  • Anaphylactic shock (severe allergic reactions) including Epipen auto injector training
  • Major illness including:
    – Heart attack
    – Epilepsy
    – Asthma
    – Diabetes
    – Stroke
    – Fainting
    – Hyperventilation


Our trainers come from a range of professional backgrounds such as the emergency services, the military and outdoor professionals. 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. Learn more about our trainers and what makes them unique.


Our training is very practical and hands on with a typically 70% practical to just 30% theory. Our courses 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. Read more about our training and why we get such positive reviews.


All candidates must attend the full 18 hours to qualify. Each candidate is continually assessed throughout. There is NO final practical assessment.


The 3 day First Aid at Work qualification is valid for 3 years. It can be revalidated by completing a 2 day First Aid at Work Requalification course. The Health and Safety Executive also ‘highly recommended’ that work place first aiders attend an Annual Basic Skills Refresher course.


Our main awarding body for First Aid at Work qualifications is ITC First Aid who are authorised and regulated by Ofqual and the SQA. Qualification titles are: ITC Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF) in England and Wales and ITC Certificate in First Aid at Work (SCQF Level 6) in Scotland.

We can also award First Aid at Work qualifications through our alternative HABC or Qualsafe awarding bodies. Please let us know before booking if you would prefer one of these alternative awarding bodies so we can send you the information.


In-house course for 12 candidates
- guide price £1000

Individual candidate
- guide price £175


Please-contact us for a personalised quote - any savings we can make will be taken off the price.

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