Outdoor First Aid (QCF/Ofqual) - 2 days - ITC Certificate (SCQF Level 5)

Ideal for anybody going to remote regions of the world. Developed with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) for professional outdoor workers. It will maintain most outdoor National Governing Body (NGB) instructor licences such as Mountain Leader and British Canoe Union awards. It is also perfect for Duke of Edinburgh Award staff and participants

Who is the ITC Outdoor First Aid (SCQF Level 5) qualification for?

This is the qualification of choice for experienced outdoor professionals throughout the UK. This course is delivered over a minimum of 16 hours to comply with NGB requirements, typically over 2 full days. The course is designed to meet the needs of those working away from immediate medical assistance and is ideal for (MLTA) (ML) (WML) (MIA) (MIC) (IML) climbing instructors (SPA), ski instructors (BASI), mountain guides (BMG), canoe and kayak instructors (BCU),  mountain bike instructors (MIAS), Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) leaders and participants, mine and cave leaders, field assistants.It is also invaluable for anybody spending time in the outdoors and remote environment whether recreationally, voluntarily or work related.

Accreditation and recognition of the ITC Outdoor First Aid (SCQF Level 5) qualification

The only Outdoor First Aid qualification that meets the standards to appear upon a national qualifications framework.

This qualification is accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and appears on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). It is built by combining 2 mandatory units of assessment in one coherent training package.

  • Unit 1 Emergency First Aid Skills (U081 04)
  • Unit 2 First Aid for Outdoor Incident Management (U422 04)

This course is recognised THROUGHOUT THE UK (Cornwall to Caithness) as a nationally recognised and formal qualification.

How the qualification is instructed

Both units are typically delivered together, integrated throughout the course and contextualised to make the course relevant for, and aimed at, outdoor professionals from the start of the training. Throughout the course the instructor will be comparing and contrasting what is different in both urban and remote outdoor environments, giving the first aider a clear understanding of the roles and priorities for both urban and remote outdoor settings.


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 understandingthe 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.


All candidates must attend the full 16 hours to qualify. Each candidate is continually assessed throughout and has to complete a small multiple choice question paper at the end. There is NO final practical assessment.


The 2 day ITC Outdoor First qualification is valid for 3 years.

It can be revalidated by completing another 2 day ITC Outdoor First Aid (SCQF Level 5) course within 3 years.It is ‘highly recommended’ that first aiders attend an Annual Basic Skills Refresher course.


The ITC Outdoor First Aid qualification is certificated by our awarding body ITC First Aid who are authorised and regulated by Ofqual and the SQA. Qualification title is: ITC Certificate in Outdoor First Aid (SCQF Level 5)


In-house course for 12 candidates
- £1000

Individual candidate
- £175

If you need the Course to be Regulated, there will be an additional cost.


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