So you wish to teach first aid at work or emergency first aid at work in the workplace? Well, to teach first aid at work courses you would need to be approved to be able to gain accredited first aid at work certificates for the persons you then teach.

Teaching Qualification

To be approved you would need to prove you have a teaching award. 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. There are also first aid trainer courses that include PDLSG or ETA teaching awards.

First Aid Qualification

In teaching any subject you require to prove competence in the area you wish to teach or assess.  In first aid its part of the HSE requirements that you must have a current 3 day First Aid at Work Award.  There is a 1 day Emergency First Aid Award but this is not enough to prove as a first aid instructor you are competence in first aid at work.  Even if you have been a first aid trainer for 10 years, the rules are if your first aid at work expiries, you can no longer teach or assess any first aid courses until it is renewed.  Therefore always keep your first aid at work award current. Please be careful as there are a number of companies who provide first aid at work courses with no accreditation to them.  The HSE put the responsibility of conducting a risk assessment of your training provider on you.  Therefore the HSE is clear when selecting a first aid at work provider you must ensure they are competent to do so.  Joe Bloggs training will never meet the same standards as awarding bodies and have all the audits and internal/external verification required to meet HSE standards.  therefore be very careful as you may waste your time and money on unaccredited first aid awards, where no awarding body in the UK will accept them.  When looking for a first aid award look for the accreditation from one of the regulators such as OfQual, SQA Accreditation or CCEA Accreditation and you will not go wrong. Once you are qualified you will be able 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
There are other courses such as First Aid Essentials, Public First Aid, Outdoor First Aid etc.


To gain any accreditation from one of the awarding bodies they will want to see that you have 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.


To teach first aid at work, its a very practical subject so you will need to have the following equipment in order to meet the requirements of the course, as follows:
  • 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 at around 40 pounds
  • 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.  There is also Nuco who provides a 5-day course or St John Ambulance etc.
  1. Teaching Qualification
  2. First Aid at Work award (or higher)
  3. Insurance
  4. First Aid 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. There are of course others such as Highfield, Parsons, City and Guilds and also NCFE.  They cost 295 for centre approval with emergency first aid certification at around 6 pounds each.
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