This course is designed for situations where the first aid needs assessment has identified that the first aider will be responsible for a smaller number of people and/or the workplace has been designated as low risk.

It is also the course of choice for people looking for a short course covering the main life threatening issues that a first aider is likely to face.

Course Content

On completion of training, successful candidates will be able to:

  • Understand the role of the first aider including reference to:

– the importance of preventing cross infection

– the need for recording incidents and action

– use of available equipment

  • Assess the situation in order to act safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency
  • Administer first aid to a casualty who is unconscious (including seizure)
  • Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) – Including the use of an AED (defibrillator)
  • Administer first aid to a casualty who is choking
  • Administer first aid to a casualty who is wounded and bleeding
  • Administer first aid to a casualty who is suffering from shock
  • Provide appropriate first aid for minor injuries (including small cuts, grazes and bruises, small splinters and minor burns and scalds)

Assessment Methods

  • Continuous practical assessment undertaken throughout the duration of the course.
  • 1 x 10 question multi-choice exam papers.

Course Duration

The EFAW component of the course must comprise of a minimum of 6 contact hours typically delivered over one day. Current regulations stipulate that the additional industry specific content must be delivered outside of these 6 hours.

A typical EFAW course lasts approximately 7 hours i.e. 9.30am – 4.30pm (allowing time for breaks).

The 6 hours of the core EFAW syllabus need not be delivered in one day, in fact sessions of a minimum of 2 hours can take place over a period of up to 3 weeks. This allows us the flexibility to deliver courses around your workload and availability.

Qualification Lifespan

The certificate is valid for a period of 3 years from the date of issue and can be renewed by completing a further 6 hour EFAW course before expiry of the original certificate.

HSE recommends refresher training of a minimum of 3 hours annually.

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Our group booking rates exclude any venue costs.

NPTA can arrange a suitable third party venue for your training at an additional cost, or organisations may provide their own venue.