During the Covid-19 Crisis –

The HSE permitted First aid certificate extensions in a number of circumstances i.e. if you held a a first aid certificate that expired on or after 16 March 2020 and could not access requalification training because of coronavirus, you may have qualified for an extension. This applied to:

  • Offshore Medic (OM)
  • Offshore First Aid (OFA)
  • First Aid at Work (FAW)
  • Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW)

To qualify for the extension, you must have been able to:

  • explain why you weren’t been able to requalify
  • demonstrate what steps you have taken to access the training, if asked to do so

Current Requalification Training Requirements in England

The first aid training industry in England is now confident that enough courses are now available for all required requalification training to take place. HSE has therefore agreed a final deadline for requalification for these qualifications of 30 September 2020.

If because of coronavirus your training was interupted and you were unable to complete the training for your first aid qualification within the usual certification timeframe, training can restart at a later date as long as:

  • a full recap of any training delivered prior to the Covid-19 interruption is undertaken prior to moving onto undelivered modules
  • the awarding body is content that you can show:
    • a full understanding of all aspects of the course content
    • the knowledge required and competencies at the end of the training

Requalification training in Scotland and Wales

It is accepted that training capacity in Scotland and Wales, and for some parts of the emergency services across Great Britain, might take longer to build.

The deadline for completing requalification training in Scotland and Wales (and in relevant GB emergency services), will therefore be reviewed by HSE over the coming months. Employers or certificate holders should still try to arrange requalification training at the earliest opportunity.

Annual refresher training

If first aiders are unable to access annual refresher training face to face during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, HSE supports the use of online refresher training to keep their skills up to date.

The HSE however still strongly recommends that the practical elements of the actual FAW, EFAW and requalification courses are delivered face to face, so that competency of the student can be properly assessed.