Emergency First Aid at Work Trainer

Why do First Aid Trainer Assessors need to be working towards or hold a Level 3 Award in Education and Training (AET), previously known as PTTLS or an equivalent qualification by 1 October 2015?

All Awarding Organisations (AO) who wish to deliver regulated First Aid Qualifications have signed up to a set of Assessment Principles. This means that in order for AO’s to be able to deliver regulated First Aid qualifications they have to be able to demonstrate that they are working to these Assessment Principles and is the reason why all Trainer Assessors must be working towards or hold a AET or equivalent qualification. These Assessment Principles have been produced by Awarding Organisations/Bodies in cooperation with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Qualification Regulators and are supported by Skills for Health. Part of these principles outline acceptable qualifications for training and assessing and the document can be found at www.skillsforhealth.org.uk

Why is the RLSS UK delivering First Aid?

Following a review of Health and Safety by Professor Löfstedt he recommended that the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 should be amended to remove the requirement for HSE to approve the training and qualifications of appointed first-aid personnel. Professor Löfstedt indicated that this requirement seemed to have little justification provided the training meets a certain standard.

The HSE have detailed in their draft amended First Aid Regulations that so long as the training and qualifications meet a certain standard, then on a needs assessment basis, businesses can choose which training providers and qualifications are right for their workplace.

What qualifications or training is the RLSS UK providing?

  • Integrated National Pool Lifeguard Qualification / First Aid at Work
  • Integrated National Pool Lifeguard Qualification / Emergency First Aid at Work
  • Level 2 Emergency First Aid at Work (1 day)
  • Level 3 First Aid at Work (3 day)
  • Level 3 First Aid at Work renewal (2 day)
  • Level 3 Emergency Paediatric First Aid (1 day)
  • Level 3 Paediatric First Aid (2 days new or renewal)
  • AED

What is the Integrated NPLQ/FAW?

Is the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) really a suitable qualification to meet First Aid training needs?

The NPLQ delivers training in First Aid in the third section of its pool lifeguard qualification. The First Aid syllabus covered within the NPLQ is closely aligned to the syllabus that is recommended for deliver in a First Aid at Work qualification. The criterion that is not included in the NPLQ course, but is delivered in a First Aid at Work course is:

  • Additional content – splinters and chest injuries,
  • Expanded content – types of bleeding, amputation, head Injuries and unconscious casualty

Should an employer decide that, on a needs assessment basis, they wish their employers to cover the exact same syllabus as that covered on a First Aid at Work course then Trainer Assessors will be able to deliver the combined NPLQ/FAW course. This course will be no more than 3 hours longer than the standard NPLQ course and it will cover the criterion that is listed above. On completion of a combined NPLQ/FAW the candidate will be issued with two certificates, one for the NPLQ and one for FAW.

Therefore, on a needs assessment basis, an employer may decide that the NPLQ meets their requirements for First Aid training and no further separate training course is required on First Aid.

Who will be able to deliver these qualifications?

All of the First Aid qualifications must be delivered through an Approved Training Centre (ATC) or an Approved Training Provider (ATP).

If you are a current ATC and you wish to add additional training venues, such as dryside facilities, to your existing ATC then this will be managed in the same way as adding a new pool to an ATC.

If a Trainer Assessor wishes to deliver RLSS UK First Aid courses in a facility away from a traditional ATC as an independent self employed trainer assessor, such as a church hall, then these Trainer Assessors must register as an ATP.

Current RLSS UK Pool Trainer Assessors

To deliver the First Aid qualifications you will be required to declare that you meet and will adhere to the following criteria:

  • Hold a current National Pool Lifeguard Qualification or First Aid at Work qualification
  • Be a member of the RLSS UK
  • Hold a Level 3 Award in Education and Training (AET), previously known as PTTLS or an equivalent qualification by 1 October 2015 (equivalent qualifications are referenced in Appendix 1)
  • Be able to demonstrate training and assessing activity within the last three years
  • Sign up to the RLSS UK standards for delivery and assessment of First Aid qualifications

 

Current First Aid at Work Trainers

To deliver the First Aid qualifications you will be required to declare that you meet and will adhere to the following criteria:

  • Hold a current First Aid at Work qualification
  • Hold a current First Aid at Work Tutor qualification
  • Be a member of the RLSS UK
  • Hold a PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) qualification or equivalent or be working towards such a qualification and complete by 1st October 2015
  • Be able to demonstrate training and assessing activity within the last three years
  • Sign up to the RLSS UK standards for delivery and assessment of First Aid qualifications
  • Attend an RLSS UK First Aid orientation session

 

Qualifications suitable for both Trainers and Assessors

  • SQA Accredited Learning and Development Unit 9DI – Assess workplace competences using direct and indirect methods – replacing Units A1 and D32/33
  • SQA Accredited Learning and Development Unit 9D – Assess workplace competence using direct methods – replacing Units A2 and D32
  • QCF Qualifications based on the Learning and Development NOS 9 Assess Learner Achievement
  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (QCF)
  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement (QCF)
  • Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment (QCF)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (QCF)
  • A1 or D32/D33

 

  • A2 or D32
  • Further and Adult Education Teachers Certificate
  • Cert Ed/PGCE/B Ed/M Ed
  • PTLLS/CTLLS/DTLLS
  • S/NVQ level 3 in Training and Development
  • S/NVQ level 4 in Training and Development
  • IHCD Instructional Methods
  • IHCD Instructor Certificate
  • English National Board 998
  • Training Group A22, B22, C21, C23, C24 TQFE (Teaching Qualification for Further Education)
  • NOCN Tutor Assessor Award

What course material will be available?

The First Aid at Work manual, Emergency First Aid at Work manual, Paediatric First Aid manual and Emergency Paediatric First Aid manual are closely aligned to the NPLQ 8th Edition manual in terms of design and layout. The text within the First Aid manuals compliments the text that is contained within the NPLQ manual, making it straightforward for Trainers to deliver. The First Aid manuals contain new pictures that are away from the swimming pool environment and are based on workplace situations.

In addition to material for the candidate, we have created guidance and syllabus for First Aid Trainers. This is named ‘Green Stripe’ and includes syllabus and assessment guidance, candidate assessment records and course planning and record keeping information. Alongside Green Stripe a Trainers DVD has been created that includes a Master Programme (schemes of work and lesson plans) and Training slides for all of the First Aid qualifications, including the combined NPLQ/FAW.

Further candidate and training resources will be available together with the resources listed above to compliment learning and the delivery of the qualifications. Click here to find out more.

Will we be able to add AED to an FAW/EFAW course?

Yes, AED can be added on to a FAW course free of charge. Trainer Assessors must be approved to deliver AED through attendance at an RLSS AED update.

Can we register to deliver through the RLSS UK if we are not currently an ATC/P?

Yes, see Who will be able to deliver these qualifications? above.

I am a TA and would like to deliver outside of my own ATC that I work for, how can I do this?


This is possible, see Who will be able to deliver these qualifications? above.

Can we add sites without a pool to our current ATC application?

Yes, see Who will be able to deliver these qualifications? above.

Can we deliver EFAW / FAW in Northern Ireland?

Currently there is separate legislation in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland that governs First Aid. Unfortunately this provision does not currently recognise our qualifications.

How do I get a Level 3 Award in Education and Training (AET)?

AET qualifications are available from a number of training providers. However, RLSS UK and IQL UK will be arranging equivalent courses to support our Trainer Assessors. Courses will be will be advertised on our website.

How do I get to attend an orientation session?

Orientation sessions will be arranged with TAs that need one when they register.

Can a renewal NPLQ include the FAW qualification?

No, currently the Skills for Health Assessment Criteria for First Aid qualifications specify that a First Aid at Work Qualification must be completed within a 10 week period. Due to this we are unable to include previous Ongoing Lifeguard Training and Competency Assessment training hours to count towards a First Aid at Work Qualification course. Due to this lifeguards who are already holding an NPLQ would need to complete a full 3 day First Aid at Work course with a qualified First Aid at Work trainer assessor. The RLSS UK currently sit on the First Aid Awarding Body Forum and we are actively raising the question with regard to the recognition of suitable and sufficient ongoing training and competency assessment towards First Aid course training hours. Please be assured that we will work hard to raise this issue.

What is the correct ratio of chest compressions to rescue breaths for paediatric first aid?

We can confirm that the correct ratio is 30:2 for children and infants (babies). All our manual and training resources are checked by our Chief Medical Advisor Dr Anthony Handley and we follow the Resuscitation Council UK guidelines. Further information can be found in the FAQ section of the Resuscitation Council UK website here.

Additional notes:

Click here to view RLSS UK First Aid Qualifications