What Qualifications do First Aid Trainers and Assessors Need to Hold?

The following list is taken from the 'First Aid Assessment Principles' document produced by Skills for Health which states that:

"Trainers/Assessors must: 

1) be occupationally competent in the area of first aid. This can be evidenced by:

  • holding a FAW certificate issued by either HSE or an Awarding Organisation/Body

or having:

  • registration as a doctor with the General Medical Council (GMC)
  • registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • registration as a paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

2) be occupationally competent in the area of training and/or assessing in line with the Learning and Development NOS 9 Assess Learner Achievement. This could be evidenced by holding a qualification listed below (please note that this list is not exhaustive).

  • SQA Accredited Learning and Development Unit 9DI – Assess workplace competences using direct and indirect methods – replacing Units A1 and D32/33
  • SQA Accredited Learning and Development Unit 9D - Assess workplace competence using direct methods – replacing Units A2 and D32
  • QCF Qualifications based on the Learning and Development NOS 9 Assess Learner Achievement
  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (QCF)
  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement (QCF)
  • Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment (QCF)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (QCF)
  • A1 or D32/D33
  • A2 or D32
  • Further and Adult Education Teachers Certificate
  • Cert Ed/PGCE/B Ed/M Ed
  • PTLLS/CTLLS/DTLLS
  • S/NVQ level 3 in Training and Development
  • S/NVQ level 4 in Training and Development
  • IHCD Instructional Methods
  • IHCD Instructor Certificate
  • English National Board 998
  • Training Group A22, B22, C21, C23, C24 TQFE (Teaching Qualification for Further Education)
  • NOCN Tutor Assessor Award

Trainers/Assessors should also be able to provide a detailed, chronological list of evidence to show that they have regularly provided EFAW/FAW assessments during the previous three years. If this is limited, evidence of other first-aid assessments may be provided."

[Ref: Assessment Principles for First Aid Qualifications, December 2012, v2]