Lastest update (16.6.20)
The start of training courses:
REC is anticipating restarting first aid training under strict Covid-19 regulations as from July 2020 in England. The start date for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will depend on the decisions of the devolved governments as to when it is considered safe to do so.
This is from HSE website regarding First Aid at Work (FAW), FAW refresher and Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW):
First aid certificate extensions
If you hold a first aid certificate that expires on or after 16 March 2020 and cannot access requalification training because of coronavirus, you may qualify for an extension. This applies to:
- Offshore Medic (OM)
- Offshore First Aid (OFA)
- First Aid at Work (FAW)
- Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW)
How you qualify for the extension
To qualify for the extension, you must be able to:
- explain why you haven’t been able to requalify
- demonstrate what steps you have taken to access the training, if asked to do so
Requalification training in England
The first aid training industry in England is confident that enough courses will now be available for all required requalification training to take place. HSE has therefore agreed a final deadline for requalification for these qualifications of 30 September 2020.
Requalification training in Scotland and Wales
It is accepted that training capacity in Scotland and Wales, and for some parts of the emergency services across Great Britain, might take longer to build.
The deadline for completing requalification training in Scotland and Wales (and in relevant GB emergency services), will therefore be reviewed by HSE over the coming months. Employers or certificate holders should still try to arrange requalification training at the earliest opportunity.
Annual refresher training
If first aiders are unable to access annual refresher training face to face during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, HSE supports the use of online refresher training to keep their skills up to date.
HSE still strongly recommends that the practical elements of actual FAW, EFAW and requalification courses are delivered face to face, so that competency of the student can be properly assessed.
Interrupted first aid training
If because of coronavirus you cannot complete training for your first aid qualification within the usual timeframe, training can restart at a later date as long as:
- a full recap of training delivered before the interruption is done before moving onto undelivered modules
- the awarding body is content that you can show:
- a full understanding of all aspects of the course content
- the knowledge required and competencies at the end of the training
All Courses Suspended (published here April 2020)
With the ongoing and escalating situation with regard to the Coronavirus, it is imperative that we all stay at home and adhere to the government guidelines. Therefore, all first aid training courses have been suspended.
We will be ready to set up courses again once the Coronavirus situation has resolved and it is safe to do so.
All Certificates Extended by 3 months (published here April 2020)
Following HSE announcement that EFAW and FAW certificates can be extended by three months, and OFQUAL statement that Paediatric First Aid certificates may be extended by three months, during coronavirus. All Rescue Emergency Care First Aid certificates will be extended by three months for certificates that expire on or after 16th March 2020. This will be kept under review, and REC will follow HSE lead on any further extension. You should be aware that this might not be acceptable to your employer or NGB, and check their requirements.
British Canoeing have online e-learning that is required for their purposes:
Our current understanding is that Mountain Training will accept certificate extensions from the issuing “authority”.
HSE statement is at:
Other NGB advice & requirements may be added here as we become aware of them.
Updates will be added here as the situation changes.
1FirstAid1 are leading providers of First Aid training in North Wales.
We Provide accredited First Aid training courses through REC (Rescue Emergency Care) and Nuco for our First Aid for Mental Health First Aid training courses.
First Aid – Physical
1FirstAid1 have chosen to deliver REC First Aid courses as it has a very ‘hands on’ approach to First Aid training. This gives REC First Aiders a taste of real life incidents and inspires confidence to deal with First Aid emergencies, giving quality assistance when it is most needed. On a REC First Aid course we won’t overload you with technical terminology and we do our best to make sure that on your REC First Aid course you’ll have fun.
During our REC First Aid courses we make use of plenty of practical scenarios staged outside, which help participants on our REC First Aid courses fully understand the implications of real emergency First Aid situations where they are likely to happen. Our carefully chosen venues in North Wales have excellent outdoor areas to facilitate our REC First Aid courses.
First Aid for Mental Health
With mental health problems effecting 1 in 4 people, first aid training in mental health is as important as physical first aid. We offer mental health first aid training which is accredited by Nuco who have been in the training business for 21 years.
The one day course we offer is suitable for those in a workplace environment where having a mental health first aid qualified person on site is a benifit to employees and employers alike, by being able to recognise mental health problems and having a plan in place to help that person back to good mental health.
If you’re not in a working environment, but are interested in mental health and being a mental health first Aider you will find this course very informative, interesting and helpful. Being a first aider for mental health is potentially benifical to friends and family and will help you understand more about Mental Health and what you can do to help.
If you need a quality First Aid course, look no further!…
1FirstAid1 offer the following First Aid Courses:
1 DAYREC Emergency First Aid at Work
2 DAYREC Emergency First Aid
2 DAYREC First Aid at Work Refresher
3 DAYREC First Aid At Work
1 DAYMental Health First Aid
What some of the people who have attended our courses have to say about them…
“I feel much more confident on how to deal with an accident, the outdoor sessions have helped me remember things, I’m ready for anything!”
CD, North Wales
“Your style of teaching is great and has helped me get much more out of this First Aid course than any other….”
“What an brill venue and doing First Aid outside is the best way to learn by miles”
“I have done First Aid courses every three years for longer than I care to remember and this was one of the best by far. Your teaching is relaxed and very informative”
JR, Mid Wales
“I liked the way you taiored the course for our hiking club and made the scenarios relevant for us, we look forward to seeing you in three years time!”
“Great course, great venue, great accomadation at a great price and great fun”