From January 2013 two brand new first aid qualifications will be available from the CIEH
- CIEH Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (two-unit, three-day course)
- CIEH Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (revised single unit, one-day course)
These qualifications have been developed in response to the changes in the way first aid training is regulated
What are the changes to first aid at work regulations?
In response to the Löfstedt review of health and safety legislation, published in November 2011, it was proposed that the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 were amended to remove the requirement for Health and Safety Executive to approve first-aid training and qualifications.
Employers still, however, need to ensure that they provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to enable first aid to be given to employees if they are injured or become ill at work.
How does this impact on first-aid qualifications?
There will continue to be two approved courses for first aid in the workplace – the:
- three-day First Aid at Work course
- one-day Emergency First Aid at Work course.
The training that first aiders have must be in line with the employer’s needs assessment.
With the withdrawal of the requirement for HSE approval for first-aid training and qualifications, FAW becomes a QCF qualification, like EFAW, and can now be delivered by training centres registered with Ofqual-regulated Awarding Organisations.
Are there any changes to the first-aid qualifications?
Yes. Two new units of assessment have been produced.
‘Emergency First-Aid Skills’ provides the framework for the CIEH Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work and the first unit of the two-unit CIEH Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work. The new unit of assessment is very similar to the old unit of assessment – so the topics of the sessions in the training programme will be familiar – but the assessment regime has changed.
‘Recognition and Management of Injury and Illness in the Workplace’ provides the second unit of the two-unit CIEH Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work.
How will candidates be assessed?
Candidates will be assessed by trainers. The CIEH has produced a candidate assessment booklet for the trainer to record each candidate’s achievement.
- participate in specific assessment activities
- complete a test paper
- demonstrate competence in first aid procedures with regard to:
- the recovery position
- cardiopulmonary resuscitation
- bleeding and shock.
When all elements of the assessment have been completed, the trainer will be able to inform the candidate of the result of the assessment.
The trainer will then complete a candidate assessment record (CAR) and submit this, together with a summary sheet, to the CIEH for the results to be processed and certificates to be issued.
Centres will keep the completed candidate assessment booklets as records of achievement.
When will the new first-aid qualifications be released?
The new CIEH Level 2 Award in First Aid at Work and the CIEH Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work will be available from 1 January 2013.
When will the current CIEH Level 2 in Emergency First Aid be withdrawn?
The current CIEH Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work will be withdrawn on the 30 June 2013 – allowing six months for centres and trainers to make the transfer to the new qualification.
Do candidates still need to re-qualify every three years?
Candidates seeking requalification for the:
- First Aid at Work must attend a minimum of a two-day programme (depending on the outcome of an initial assessment of skills)
- Emergency First Aid at Work must repeat the one-day programme.
Trainers must check that the certificates are still in date when they enrol candidates on a FAW requalification training programme.
Next courses running:
- Emergency First Aid – 9th August
- First Aid at Work – 14th, 15th & 16th August
- First Aid at Work – 6th, 13th & 20th September
- Emergency First Aid – 11th October