First Aid Training Courses

All organisations must ensure by law that they have a sufficient number of employees who possess a first aid qualification in order to fulfil their first aid needs at all times. Employers must ensure that their provision is ‘adequate and appropriate in the circumstances’. It is the employer’s responsibility to decide what the requirements of the organisation are by assessing any specific work hazards and ensuring that sufficient equipment, facilities and personnel are available to deal with the consequences of these hazards.

As part of each assessment, the HSE recommends organisations should consider things such as the nature of the work and the subsequent hazards and risks, the size of the organisation, work patterns and accident histories.

The current range of qualifications offered by Archimedes Services Ltd includes the following:

  • HABC Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF)
  • HABC Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF)
  • Award in Emergency First Aid at Work at SCQF Level 5
  • Award in First Aid at Work at SCQF Level 6
  • Level 2 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF)
  • HABC Level 2 Award in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation (QCF)
  • Level 3 Award in First Aid Response

HABC Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF)

This accredited qualification is ideal for those already working or preparing to work within industry wishing to become an Emergency First Aider in the workplace for the purposes of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 and the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations (NI) 1982.

The recommended course duration is 1 day and topics covered include: the roles and responsibilities of the Emergency First Aider, assessing an incident, recognising signs and symptoms of injury and illness and assisting a casualty who is suffering from injury and illness. The qualification is assessed via
on-going oral and/or written questioning and practical demonstration.

The minimum contact hours for this qualification, excluding breaks should be for a minimum period of 6 hours over 1 day.

All successful students will be issued with an Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate, along with a wallet-sized plastic card detailing their qualification.


HABC Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF)

This accredited qualification is ideal for those already working or preparing to work within industry wishing to become a First Aider in the workplace for the purposes of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 and the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations (NI) 1982.

The recommended course duration is 3 days and topics covered include: the roles and responsibilities of the First Aider; assessing an incident, recognising signs and symptoms of injury and illness, assisting a casualty who is suffering from major injury and illness, chest injuries, spinal injuries and anaphylaxis. The qualification is assessed via on-going oral and/or written questioning and practical demonstration.

All successful students will be issued with a First Aid at Work Certificate, along with a wallet-sized plastic card detailing their qualification.


HABC Level 2 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF)

This accredited qualification provides theoretical and practical training in First Aid techniques that are specific to infants aged 0 to 1, and children aged from 1 year old to the onset of puberty. Learners will become familiar with the role of the paediatric first aider and be able to assess and react appropriately to an emergency situation, such as a child or an infant who is unresponsive, has an airway obstruction or is suffering from shock.

Topics also included are wounds, fractures, dislocations, injuries to the head, neck, back, eyes, ears or nose, poisoning, bites or stings and electric shock.

This qualification consists of two units and is provided over a period of 2 days with a minimum contact time of 6 hours per unit.

The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage is a document published by The Department for Children, Schools and Families and applies to Early Years childcare within England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Statutory Framework states that

‘at least one person who has a current paediatric first aid certificate must be on the premises at all times when children are present.
There must be at least one person on outings who has a current paediatric first aid certificate.’

The HABC Level 2 Award in Paediatric First Aid is recognised as a qualification that fulfils this need.

All successful students will be issued with a Paediatric First Aid certificate.


HABC Level 2 Award in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation (QCF)

This accredited qualification provides learners with skills to further their first aid training. It is recommended for first aiders in the workplace environment who have access to a defibrillator.

Those gaining this qualification will know that cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillation form an essential part of the chain of survival.

The recommended course duration is 1 day with a minimum of 6 contact hours.

The topics covered by this qualification are regarded by Skills for Health as being important in maintaining good practice in the safe, prompt and effective administration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillation.

All successful students will be issued with a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation certificate.

This qualification is currently assessed by practical demonstration of competence in addition to a Multiple Choice Examination (MCE) or oral/written questioning.


For further advice or to book on this or any other course please contact us on 01942 260168 or fill out the Booking Form here.