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What qualifications do first aid trainers and assessors need to hold?

React First is a Centre approved by the Awarding Organisation ITC First to deliver first aid training and qualifications. You can be assured that all first aid trainers delivering first aid training which is certificated through an Awarding Organisation meet all of the following criteria.  

Using a training provider like React First, which is approved and regulated by an Awarding Organisaiton, means that you do not need to complete the HSE checklist to evaluate the competance of your training provider. The Awarding Organisation is responsible for the External Quality Assurance of the training provider which means that you don't have to be!

  1. What qualifications do First Aid Trainers need to hold?
  2. Join the React First training team
  3. Train your own in-house First Aid Trainers

What qualifications do First Aid Trainers need to hold?

The 'First Aid Assessment Principles' document produced by Skills for Health has been superceeded by the HSE GEIS3 document; "Selecting a First Aid Training Provider". The HSE require that First Aid 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
  • 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.

Join the React First training team

We are always on the lookout for new trainers to join our team. We work with the awarding organisation ITC First as such the assessment methods on all of our course are 100% practical. This means that we have a set blueprint for how courses are run and that our trainers are standardised so that they are able to co-train on larger courses. Of course, each trainer makes their courses their own but there are ways of applying the classic learning methodologies which we are used on all our courses.

It doesn't matter to us that you don't have specific experience of teaching first aid yet, as long as you have a strong CV in other areas and are keen to learn. We run training and standardisation sessions for new trainers before they are able to run our courses for us. Depending on the type of courses you want to be able to run there will be more or less training standardisation days. We run a large range of first aid courses and are also keen to work with trainers who want to expand their teaching portfolio to run Sports First Aid and Outdoor First Aid courses.

If you like highly practical delivery and assessment and don't like long multiple choice question papers you will probably like our style but it is always a good idea to attend a course with us as a learner to make sure before we go any further!

If you are interested in becoming a first aid trainer with React First you should send us an email saying why you would like to work with us and attaching your CV, First Aid at Work certificate and Trainer/Assessor qualifications. It would also be good to know what your other commitments are and how many days in a month you would be looking to train for us and that you'd be happy to run courses Central London which is where 95% of our courses are based.

If you don't currently hold any of the necessary qualifications but would still like to become a first aid trainer with us we can advise where you can do the necessary courses so please do still get in touch!

Train your own in-house First Aid Trainers

If you would prefer to manage your own team of in-house first aid trainers the HSE GEIS3 document has all the information that you need to ensure that your first aid training will be fit-for-purpose.


HSE GEIS3 Selecting a First Aid Training Provider

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