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What Are The Different First Aid Courses?

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Knowing first aid can mean the difference between life and death. It is an essential skill that everyone should know and is often a legal requirement for certain workplaces. Training your staff in first aid will ensure that your business is compliant with the law and that your workforce will be prepared for an emergency.

There are a variety of first aid courses available, each with its own specific focus and level of training. In this article, we will discuss the different types of first aid courses and help you determine which one is right for you.

What are the different first aid training courses

Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF)

This course is designed to train someone as the designated emergency first aider in their workplace. It covers the essential skills needed to provide first aid in an emergency situation. 

Through this course, you and your staff will gain understanding and skills in the following:

  • Roles and responsibilities of the first aider
  • Assessing an incident
  • Recognising signs and symptoms of injury and illness
  • Assisting a casualty who is suffering from a minor injury

How long does the course take to complete?

This course typically takes 1 day to complete.

What does the course allow you to do?

This course allows the participant to act as the emergency first aider in their workplace.

Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (RQF)

This course is designed to train staff as qualified first aiders in the workplace. It covers a wider range of first aid topics than the emergency first aid course and will provide skills and knowledge in the following areas:

  • Roles and responsibilities of the first aider
  • Assessing an incident
  • Recognising signs and symptoms of injury and illness
  • Assisting a casualty who is suffering from minor injury
  • Chest injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Bone, joint and muscle injury
  • Major illness – including heart attack and stroke

How long does the course take to complete?

This course typically takes 3 days to complete.

What does the course allow you to do?

This course allows the participant to act as a first aider in their workplace.

Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work Refresher (RQF)

This course is designed for those who have already completed the Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work and need to renew their qualification. 

How long does the course take to complete?

This course typically takes 2 days to complete.

What does the course allow you to do?

This course allows the participant to continue to act as the first aider in their workplace.

Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF)

This course is designed for those who work with children and need to know how to provide first aid to infants and children. It is both useful for practical knowledge as well as to boost skills in roles involving caring for children.

How long does the course take to complete?

This course typically takes 2 days to complete.

What does the course allow you to do?

This course allows the participant to provide first aid to infants and children in the workplace.

Emergency Pool Responder Course

This course is designed for new and current staff working in the leisure sector and is ideally suited to pools that are less than 1.5m in depth and where full lifeguard supervision is not necessary. It covers topics such as rescue techniques, CPR, and first aid for injuries and illnesses that are specific to swimming pools. 

How long does the course take to complete?

This course typically takes 1 day to complete.

What does the course allow you to do?

This course allows the participant to provide first aid and rescue in a swimming pool environment.

Which course is right for you? 

The right first aid course for you will depend on your specific needs and the requirements of your workplace. For example, if you are nominated to be the first aider in your workplace, then the Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (RQF) would be the best course for you. On the other hand, if you work with children, then the Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF) would be more appropriate. 

All of the above first aid courses can be completed with CTC Training. CTC Training offers in-person and online courses for corporate groups of various sizes. We provide expert instructors and all the necessary equipment to complete the course. Plus, courses can be conducted at your venue or our own dedicated training facility.

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