This course is designed to revalidate a First Aid at Work Qualification.

The previous First Aid at Work qualification can be revalidated provided that it is no more than 28 days beyond its expiry date.

Employers should note that a certificate beyond its expiry date but within the 28 day revalidation limit does not qualify the holder to act as a statutory first aider.

Candidates must supply their previous First Aid at Work Qualification details before attending the course. If individuals attend the course with an invalid certificate then no statutory FAW certificate can be issued.

Course Content

The 12 hour revalidation course covers all of the content of the 18 hour First Aid at Work course.

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
  • 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)
  • Administer first aid to a casualty with:

– injuries to bones, muscles and joints, including suspected spinal injuries

– chest injuries

– burns and scalds

– eye injuries

– sudden poisoning

  • Recognise the presence of major illness and provide appropriate first aid for:

– heart attack

– stroke

– asthma

– diabetes

– angina

– epilepsy

– anaphylaxis


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


The FAW-R component of the course must comprise a minimum of 12 contact hours typically delivered over two days.Current regulations stipulate that the additional industry specific content must be delivered outside of these 12 hours.

A typical FAW-R course lasts approximately 14 hours i.e. 3 days of 9.30am – 4.30pm (allowing time for breaks).

The 12 hours of the core FAW-R syllabus need not be delivered in only three days, in fact sessions of a minimum of 2 hours can take place over a period of up to 6 weeks. This allows us the flexibility to deliver courses around your workload and availability.


The certificate is valid for a period of 3 years from the date of issue and can be renewed by completing a 12 hour FAW Revalidation before expiry of the original certificate.

A further 28 days beyond the original certificates expiry date is permitted for revalidation but the certificate is not considered valid for statutory first aid at work purposes.

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


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.

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