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

It is also the course of choice for people simply looking for a comprehensive training course.

Course Content

The first 6 hours content covers the Emergency First Aid at Work syllabus.

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)

A further 12 hours of content covers the First Aid at Work syllabus.

  • 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

Assessment Methods

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

Course Duration

The FAW component of the course must comprise a minimum of 18 contact hours typically delivered over three days. Current regulations stipulate that the additional industry specific content must be delivered outside of these 18 hours.

A typical FAW course lasts approximately 21 hours i.e. 3 days of 9.30am – 4.30pm (allowing time for breaks).

The 18 hours of the core FAW 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 10 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 12 hour FAW Revalidation before expiry of the original certificate.

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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