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First Aid at Work Courses

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Essential Skills to look after your Staff & Customers

  • Four different courses to match your needs
  • Formal RQF certification for FAW, RFAW and EFAW
  • Learn on your premises across much of the UK
  • Face-to-face, blended and online-only options
  • Individual e-certificates for successful learners
  • Exceptional trainers make courses memorable

You know that caring for the welfare of your staff is a key part of business, and much more than a tick-box activity. Providing good training for your first aiders shows your staff that you care for them.  It increases morale and reduces length of absence in cases of illness and injury.  That's why it makes financial sense too.

Working with a top, regulated first aid training provider like HTS Training can provide you and your team with the skills your business needs.

Why Book with HTS Training?

Our courses work well for your business. We run regulated RQF qualifications, which gives you the security of knowing that you're working with a properly audited, trained and equipped training provider. We're also surprisingly cost-effective - calling us in to train your staff in-house can often save you up to 50% in comparison to sending your staff out to one of the national brands. And not only are our trainers experts in their field, they're also brilliant at running highly engaging, fun courses. That means your staff will be enthusiastic about requalifying when the time comes.

RQF Qualifications

All of our RQF qualifications are regulated by a leading Awarding Organisation

Budget Friendly

Our budget-friendly prices are up to 50% cheaper than the national brands

Friendly, Expert Trainers

Our expert trainers are friendly and always happy to answer your questions

Valuable Training for your Staff and your Organisation

They work well for you and your staff too. The EFAW and FAW courses need no previous experience, meaning that we can help almost any member of staff to become a first aider. And the skills that they'll learn for use at work will be equally useful when at home or out and about on their own time.

No Experience Required

Courses are suitable for beginners and experienced first aiders alike.

Become a First Aider

Learn the essential skills required to deal with a variety of emergency situations

Family & Friends

First Aid skills aren't just for work. In fact they're just as important outside the office.

Emergency First Aid at Work Course (EFAW)

Duration: 1 day
Format: Face-to-face

This EFAW is the shortest and most popular of the range of first aid courses for the workplace. It focuses very specifically on the emergency situations that you might encounter: cardiac arrest, unresponsive casualties, controlling bleeding and dealing with someone who is choking.

Who is it for?

It's suitable for those who wish to have a knowledge of emergency first aid and those who are responsible for first aid in low-risk workplace environments, enabling them to be Emergency first aiders under the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981. It's based on and meets the requirements of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) training standard for delivery of Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) courses for the purposes of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981.
The course is suitable for:

  • Low risk workplaces
  • Office environments
  • Retail and services workplaces
  • Primarily healthy workforce
  • Fewer than 50 employees
  • risk assessment requires EFAW first aiders

What does it include?

The EFAW syllabus teaches candidates to:

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of a first aider
  • Be able to assess an incident
  • Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is breathing normally
  • Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is not breathing normally (CPR)
  • Be able understand the importance of, and be able to use an AED (automated external defibrillator)
  • Manage a casualty who is wounded and bleeding (including catastrophic bleeding)
  • Manage a casualty who is in shock
  • Understand how to manage a casualty with a minor injury.

Assessments:

  • Practical assessments are included for CPR and AED, recovery position, choking and wounds and bleeding
  • There is also a multiple choice questionnaire covering other areas of the training.

How long is it?

Our emergency first aid course runs for 6 hours plus breaks. This is usually run between 9am and 4:30pm, with an hour break for lunch and 15-minute breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon. It can be run at other times by prior arrangement.

How is it delivered?

Full Face-to-face - on your Premises:

This course is available only in face-to-face mode. It is not offered as an online or blended course. We can come is to your premises in the East Anglia, Greater London, South, South-East and Midlands areas. Other areas are available but may involve a small additional travel charge. However if this is the case we'll let you know in advance if we can travel out to you, and will provide you with a quote including all training, course materials, certificates and expenses.


Full Face-to-face - at our Training Venues:

We run this course regularly at our training venues in Bedford and Silsoe. This is particularly suitable if you only need one or two members of staff to be trained.

To request a call-back or ask for a quote for our 1-day Emergency First Aid at Work course, click to enquire now:

First Aid at Work Course (FAW)

Duration: 3 days
Formats: Face-to-face, Blended

This FAW is the most comprehensive of the workplace first aid courses. It covers all of the content of the 1-day EFAW and adds training on signs, symptoms and treatments of a range other illnesses and injuries.

Who is it for?

It's particularly suitable if your organisation:

  • has staff working at heights
  • uses engineering or similar machinery
  • uses vehicles on or off site (e.g. forklift trucks etc)
  • works with dangerous chemicals
  • works with heavy weights
  • has staff with pre-existing conditions
  • has more than 50 employees
  • risk assessment shows you need FAW-trained first aiders

What does it include?

Day 1:

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of a first aider
  • Be able to assess an incident
  • Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is breathing normally
  • Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is not breathing normally (CPR)
  • Be able understand the importance of, and be able to use an AED (automated external defibrillator)
  • Manage a casualty who is wounded and bleeding (including catastrophic bleeding)
  • Manage a casualty who is in shock
  • Understand how to manage a casualty with a minor injury.

Days 2 & 3:

  • Be able to conduct a secondary survey
  • Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with suspected head and spinal injury
  • Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with a suspected chest injury
  • Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with burns and scalds
  • Be able to administer first aid a casualty with an eye injury
  • Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with sudden poisoning
  • Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with anaphylaxis
  • Be able to administer first aid to casualty with a suspected major illness including:
    • Heart attack
    • Stroke
    • Epilepsy
    • Asthma
    • Diabetes

Assessments:

  • Day 1 includes practical assessments for CPR and AED, recovery position, choking and wounds and bleeding, plus a multiple choice questionnaire covering other areas of the day 1 syllabus.
  • Days 2 & 3 include further practical assessments and an additional multiple choice questionnaire.

How long is it?

Our full first aid at work course runs for 18 hours plus breaks. This is usually run between 9am and 4:30pm on each of the three days, with an hour break for lunch and 15-minute breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon. It can be run at other times by prior arrangement.

How is it delivered?

Full Face-to-face:

The course is usually run face-to-face on your premises. The price that you'll be quoted covers all training, course materials and expenses.


Blended:

This mode is part-online and part face-to-face. The online element takes around 6 hours, and goes through all of the material for the entire course. It acts as pre-learning, so that candidates are able to cover the full syllabus in two days (12 hours) of face-to-face learning. The online part needs to be completed before the face-to-face element.

To request a call-back or ask for a quote for our 3-day First Aid at Work course, click to enquire now:

First Aid at Work Requalifier (RFAW)

Duration: 2 days
Formats: Face-to-face, Blended

If you or your staff are 3-day FAW qualified, and your certificates are due to expire soon, the 2-day RFAW qualification is the one you need to extend your certificates for a further 3 years.

Who is it for?

It's particularly suitable if your organisation:

  • has staff 3-day first aid qualified and whose certificates are due to expire soon.

What does it include?

This course covers the full syllabus of the FAW course (as above)

Assessments:

The course is assessed to the same level as the 3-day FAW course.

How long is it?

Our RFAW runs for 12 hours plus breaks. This is usually run between 9am and 4:30pm on each of the three days, with an hour break for lunch and 15-minute breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon. It can be run at other times by prior arrangement.

How is it delivered?

Full Face-to-face:

The course is usually run face-to-face on your premises. The price that you'll be quoted covers all training, course materials and expenses.


Blended:

Similar to the blended FAW, the online part of the course runs for around 6 hours, covering the material for the entire course. Once the online course is completed, there is a one-day face-to-face session that runs for a further 6 hours, which assesses that candidates understand and are competent in the full range of FAW and RFAW skills.

To request a call-back or ask for a quote for our 2-day First Aid at Work Requalifier, click to enquire now:

First Aid Annual Skills Update

Duration: 3 hours
Formats: Face-to-face, Online

All first aiders (and their colleagues) hope that they don't need their skills from year-to-year, as it means that everyone in the organisation is staying healthy. However like everything else, first aid skills fade over time if they're not used. So this course is designed to refresh the most important skills of a first aider, in the years between his or her full certificate renewals.

Who is it for?

  • First Aiders whose skills are fading between full certificate renewals
  • First Aiders who need to update skills due to changes in first aid best practice

What does it include?

This course provides a brief revision of:

  • Acting safely and promptly in the event of an emergency
  • CPR (theory and practise)
  • Use of an AED (theory and practise)
  • Care of the unconscious casualty (including recovery position)
  • Choking
  • Control of bleeding

Assessments:

The course is informally assessed throughout by the trainer.

How long is it?

The first aid update course runs for 3 hours.

How is it delivered?

Full Face-to-face:

The course is usually run face-to-face on your premises.


Online only:

There is also a fully-online version of this course, which provides all of the information you need to refresh your skills. It includes videos of the key practical techniques, but of course does not include any face-to-face practice. It is a pre-recorded course, not live with a trainer.

To request a call-back or ask for a quote for our 3 hour First Aid Annual Skills Update, click to enquire now:

Some Comments from our Customers

Easy to understand

Heather was an excellent trainer, who definitely 'knew her stuff' and explained things in an easy to understand manner

Barbara A ... Charity Sector

First Point of Call

Just wanted to pass on our thanks for the excellent training delivered by Tasha yesterday.

Everyone has mentioned how good the course was and what an excellent and engaging trainer Tasha was. They really enjoyed the day.

She has received some of the best feedback I have received following a training course here. HTS will certainly be my first point of call when we need more staff trained.

Kind regards, Pauline

Pauline N ... Training Manager

Increased Knowledge and Confidence

Excellent training. Thank you Lindsay. I feel I have learnt a lot over the past three days. It has increased my knowledge and confidence in dealing with emergency situations

Rachel ... Director, Care Home Sector

I was slightly nervous beforehand...

I was slightly nervous about the responsibility beforehand. However I now feel confident if something was going to happen

Rochelle H ... Digital Marketing & Events

Confident in an Emergency

I learnt a great deal of things that will make me feel confident in the emergency. Thank you Heather

Magdalena ... Warehousing & Distribution

Brilliant As Ever!

Brilliant as ever!

Alan C ... Business Services

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does an Emergency First Aid course take?

An EFAW course takes a minimum of 6 taught hours plus breaks, so our courses usually start at 9am and finish between 4pm and 4:30pm, depending on how long candidates want for lunch, and for breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon. We can also start the course at different times by arrangement, and if you can't spare a whole day, we may be able to split the course into two 3-hour sessions on separate days. This split course does carry an extra cost, however.

How long do First Aid certificates last for?

The formal workplace first aid certificates (Emergency First Aid at Work and full First Aid at Work) last for 3 years from the date of completion of the course.

The first aid requalification certificate is also 3 years, as it is effectively a full FAW condensed into two days.

For the annual update, because it is intended as a reminder of the skills you've learned and an update on any guideline changes that may have come in the time since your last full training course, it's generally considered to last for one year. It's important to note however that it does NOT extend the validity period of any of your regulated qualifications.

What's the difference between an Emergency First Aid at Work course and a First Aid at Work course?

The Emergency First Aid at Work course is the shortest and most basic of the three regulated workplace qualifications. It runs for 6 hours (plus breaks), and covers the essential topics a first aider needs to treat a casualty while awaiting the emergency services. For a full run-down of the content of the course, take a look at the EFAW course content details above. The course includes practical assessments and a multi-choice test at the end.

The full First Aid at Work course is an 18 hour course, usually run across 3 days. The first day of the course is exactly the same as the EFAW, while the second and third days add more topics around medical conditions, their symptoms and treatments, and some additional assessments. Again, for more details, check out the FAW course contents here.

Can I do an EFAW course online?

In short - no! At least, you may be able to learn the content online, but an online EFAW won't qualify you to be a first aider. That's because you need to do a number of assessed practical elements face-to-face with a trainer or assessor (CPR and recovery position for example). Some other courses, including the 3-day FAW, allow you to do part of the course online (known as blended learning), but there are still elements on those courses too that must be completed face-to-face.

Can I do an FAW or RFAW course online?

You can't do either course completely online, but both are available as 'blended' courses.

That means that part of the course can be done online, and part face-to-face.

The way it works is - you do all of the theory online first (known as pre-learning), and then do all of the practical and assessment elements in the face-to-face session.

The 3-day FAW becomes a 6-hour pre-learning session plus a 2-day face-to-face course, while the RFAW becomes a 6-hour pre-learning session plus a 1-day face-to-face course.

Are your EFAW, FAW and RFAW courses accredited RQF qualifications?

Yes - ours are. Technically, it's a "QA Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF), and equivalents for the other two courses. That means they are Ofqual regulated qualifications. For us to be able to offer them as regulated, we have to go through lots of internal and external quality assurance processes, which gives you the assurance you need of the quality of our courses, and of us as a provider.

However not all Workplace First Aid courses are RQF qualifications.

When the HSE withdrew from directly overseeing first aid companies, several different types of training organisation emerged. There are the organisations, like us, who run regulated qualifications. In addition there are those who are affiliated to various trade associations, then there are the two main-brand providers that you'll be familiar with, and the entirely independent trainers.

How many people can we have on our first aid course?

Formal first aid qualifications have a candidate limit of no more than 12 per trainer. This helps to ensure that quality is maintained, as a single trainer simply can't monitor and assess the competence of more candidates than that at one time. Typically our in-house courses are priced for up to 10, which is a more usual number, and helps to keep your costs down if you don't need the full 12.