Is Emergency First Aid at Work a recognised qualification?

emergency first aid at work qualification

Emergency First Aid at Work is a nationally recognised qualification teaching invaluable skills that could prove to be lifesaving both in and outside of the workplace.

Illness and injury can happen to anyone, at any time, which is why it is so important that employers ensure there are enough trained first aiders in the workplace.

First aid training is not just important for employee health and safety, it is also the law. Failure to comply with the relevant first aid at work health and safety legislation could result in an organisation being prosecuted.

In this article, we will find out a little more about the popular first aid training course, Emergency First Aid at Work, and why it is such a popular training course with organisations in many different sectors.

What is Emergency First Aid at Work?

Emergency First Aid at Work training equips individuals with the skills, confidence, and knowledge they require to provide emergency first aid or medical care if someone falls ill or suffers an injury in the workplace.

The training covers how to respond in an emergency if someone is unresponsive and not breathing, including how to carry out CPR, put a person into the recovery position, and use a defibrillator.

Other important first aid skills that the course covers include how to:

  • Carry out a risk assessment.
  • Control bleeding and dress wounds.
  • Treat persons.
  • Respond if a person is choking.
  • Treat shock.
  • Treat seizures.
  • Treat cuts, grazes, and bruises.

The course can usually be completed in just one day of training. The training is interactive and hands-on, usually involving a mixture of practical demonstrations, role-playing activities, question and answer sessions, and activities that practice first aid techniques.

Is Emergency First Aid at Work a recognised qualification?

Yes, the Emergency First Aid at Work course is a nationally recognised qualification.

Many people take this course to learn the invaluable first aid skills and theoretical knowledge required to take on the role of First Aider within the organisation that they work for.

When enrolling on any professional training, it’s important to check that the course is being run by a professional and regulated training provider and has been certified by an external awarding organisation.

All professional, regulated and recognised first aid training courses should satisfy the criteria set out by the HSE, helping employers to meet their legal duties as set out in the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981.

Here at CBAT, all our courses, including our Emergency First Aid at Work course, are CPD and Qualsafe certified, giving you peace of mind that they more than satisfy your organisation’s legal responsibility.

What Level is the Emergency First Aid at Work qualification?

There are several different recognised Emergency First Aid at Work qualifications available to choose from. The right one for you or your organisation depends on the business’ size and risk level.

First aid training for the workplace is usually either a level 2 or level 3 qualification, depending on the complexity of the course content.

Level 2 first aid training is usually designed for those that work in low-risk organisations, whilst level 3 first aid training covers how to respond to a greater variety of different injuries and illnesses that may be encountered in the workplace. Those working in high-risk environments must take a level 3 qualification.

The training that we provide here at CBAT is the QA Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF).

Emergency First Aid at Work certification

To pass an Emergency First Aid at Work qualification and receive the recognised certification, you will need to successfully pass the course assessment to demonstrate your competency.

First aid assessments are usually comprised of both practical and theoretical assessments which are carried out during the training session.

First aid qualifications have an expiry date and it’s important to refresh your training and renew your certificate before it expires if you wish to continue in the role of First Aider within your workplace.

Find out more in our article ‘How long does an Emergency First Aid at Work qualification last?

To find out more about the Emergency First Aid at Work training we offer here at CBAT, speak to a member of our team by calling 01772 816 922 or emailing

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