Unfortunately not like most things there is a big difference and this is where due diligence comes in to ensure you get what you need and are happy with your first aid training purchase.
perhaps a starting point would be;
- Are they registered with an awarding organisation?
- Do they have trainer insurance?
- How long have they been teaching and delivering first aid?
- Do they have professional teaching qualifications?
- Did they come recommended?
This is only the tip of the iceberg when starting the due diligence journey into what they offer and does it meet what you are looking for?
Does the training provider offer ‘regulated training’ or ‘unregulated’ first aid training?
Regulated first aid training follows an assessed journey of learning that has been developed by an awarding organisation then they get approval from a regulatory body or bodies depending on where the qualification will be delivered.
Ofqual is the regulatory body in England
Qualifications in Wales is the regulatory body in Wales
Scottish Qualifications Authority is the regulatory body in Scotland
Unregulated first aid training is typically developed by the provider and these are programs of study and nothing more, very few go down the regulatory approval route.
This also means they don’t get IQAd and EQAd for compliance by an awarding organisation.
Regulated first aid training providers get EQAd on average 3 times a year and 1 of those visits is without warning, IQA is done at random and we here at Warwickshire First Aid Training use an external assessor rather than an internal one.