Selecting a first aid training provider

Finding and selecting a provider can be a daunting process for any employer or business owner, things have changed since 1st October 2013 because HSE no longer approves first aid training or qualifications.

It is now up to the employer or business owner to carry out due diligence checks with a potential training provider to ensure that they meet their requirements and are suitably qualified, and also how the training will be delivered.

There are also various options for selecting a training provider too, such as:

  • Those who choose to offer regulated qualifications (first aid qualifications regulated by the qualification regulators – Ofqual, SQA and Qualifications Wales,
  • Those who operate independently of any such scheme for example, where a training provider chooses to demonstrate their competence to an employer by providing evidence that they meet the criteria set by HSE.
  • Those from one of the Voluntary Aid Societies (St John Ambulance, British Red Cross, and St Andrew’s First Aid).

All training providers should be able to and should be prepared to be able to demonstrate how they satisfy the criteria set by HSE.