first aid trainer coursesHow do I become a first aid instructor? The qualifications required to teach accredited first aid awards and become a first aid instructor have changed over the last couple of years.  You can no longer teach first aid with a first aid trainer award, as this will not be accepted by any of the UK awarding bodies.

Teaching Qualification

First and foremost if you want to be a trainer you will need to have an entry-level teaching qualification. The PDLSG – Planning and Delivering Learning Sessions to Groups Award or the ETA – Level 3 Award in Education and Training qualification gives the teaching award accepted by all awarding bodies. This course is nationally accredited and by its conclusion will allow the successful candidate to teach any subject they have experience in.

First Aid Qualification

Ok, so you now have a teaching qualification either PDLSG or ETA that proves your competence as a trainer. What’s next is to match it up with some relevant experience. The easiest way to do this is to obtain the Level 3 First Aid at Work qualification, but you can also qualify with FPOS or RLSS Pool Lifeguard Award. Holding the teaching qualification and current FAW will allow you to teach the following courses:
  • Basic Life Support Training
  • Emergency First Aid at Work
  • First Aid at Work Refresher (2 Day)
  • First Aid at Work (3 Day)
  • Paediatric First Aid
It’s best to also complete the 12 Hour Paediatric First Aid Course if you want to specialise in this field eg a trainer within a school.


Trainers should take out public liability insurance in case a member of the public blames you for causing damage or injury. Alongside professional indemnity insurance in case a member of the public/client accuses you of making a mistake within your work. Both cost about £120 per year.


You will need some basic first aid equipment to be able to provide your own courses. The below list of equipment is everything you will need:
  • Mannequins (minimum of 1 per 4 candidates) can be purchased online at St John Ambulance for around 140 pounds
  • AED training unit can be found on eBay
  • Bandages/wound dressings
  • Mannequin wipes
  • Projector for Powerpoint presentations

First Aid Trainer Courses with Teaching Award

If you don’t have a teaching award one of the cheapest 3 days courses from Abertay provide everything you need just click the link below to become a First Aid trainer with includes the PDLSG teaching award
  1. Teaching Qualification
  2. First Aid at Work qualification (or professional exemption)
  3. Insurance
  4. Equipment

Accredited First Aid Certifications

Once you have all the above, you then need to apply to one of the awarding body to apply to become an approved centre so that you can gain accredited first aid certifications for the candidates you then teach. There are many awarding bodies out there but one of the most reasonable for costs are SafeCert Awards. They cost 195 for centre approval with emergency first aid certification at around 5 pounds each.
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