First Aid at Work re qualification

This 2-day First Aid at Work course is designed for those who currently hold a First Aid at Work qualification and are due to expire.

Please consider the following rules for attendance:

 A First Aider can renew their FAW qualification by attending a 2-day requalification course without question, if it’s within 1 month past the expiry date.

If the First Aider has lapsed by more than 1 month, but no longer than 3 months, then the First Aider can requalify by attending a 2-day course providing ‘Special considerations’ have been applied.

Special considerations are: A signed letter from the employer to the provider of the training stating the reasons why in their opinion, the First Aider is suitably experienced to attend a 2-day course and does not require a full 3-day FAW course.


A decision is made by the provider of the training after discussions with the employer, or the First Aider, and deciding that their previous experience is sufficient to attend a 2-day course

If the First Aider has lapsed beyond 3 months then they must attend a full 3-day FAW 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 well leave the employer with a shortfall of First Aiders. Therefore, it would be prudent to arrange their re qualification before they expire.

The course is accredited and regulated by Ofqual and is delivered over a minimum of 12 hours. It is assessed by ongoing practical assessment and with a written paper at the end of each day.

The course will cover:

 What First Aid is and workplace legislation

  • The role and responsibilities of a First Aider
  • Responding to an emergency
  • How to carry out a primary survey and secondary assessment
  • How to place a casualty in the recovery position
  • Resuscitation
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Chest injuries
  • Heart attacks
  • Shock
  • Choking
  • Anaphalaxis
  • Wounds and bleeding
  • Bandaging
  • Epilepsy
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Minor burns and scalds
  • Eye injuries
  • Bones/joints and muscle injuries
  • Head and Spinal injuries
  • Poisoning
  • Incident management


If the criteria are successfully met by the candidates then they will be awarded a three year qualification.  This can be renewed by repeating the 2 day re-qualification course before the qualification expires.  The HSE does recommend that all students undergo a yearly refresher programme of about three hours.  This is not mandatory.

All candidates must be a minimum age of 14 years although the official title of ‘First Aider in the Workplace’ cannot be used until the student is over 16 years of age and then the employer must decide whether they are suitable for the role.

Costings and attendance numbers:

The course costs either £120 per person with a minimum of 6 and maximum of 12 candidates, or, if I come to your site a flat rate fee of £1080 can be chosen with no minimal number required but up to a maximum of 12 candidates.  These prices include the course text book, a basic first aid kit, and the certificate.