This course offers RLSS UK Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessors and existing First Aid Instructors with other awarding organisations, a simple and cost-effective pathway to upskill or convert to deliver RLSS UK First Aid qualifications.

Would you like to become a RLSS UK First Aid Trainer Assessor and deliver our First Aid Qualifications?

What does it involve?

RLSS UK is offering existing RLSS UK Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessors and existing First Aid Instructors with other awarding organisations a simple and cost effective pathway to upskill or convert to deliver IQL First Aid qualifications.

If your application is successful, there will be a £50 fee for your new set of Training Resources, which includes candidate materials for First Aid at Work and Paediatric First Aid as well as access to the online resources to deliver the courses.

If you are not an existing RLSS UK Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessor or existing First Aid Instructor with another awarding organisation, you can become a RLSS UK First Aid Trainer Assessor by attending a First Aid Trainer Assessor course. Please visit course finder to find a course.

Why deliver with us?

IQL has been delivering Ofqual regulated qualifications since 2003 and award over 50,000 qualifications per annum to the wider leisure industry. As one of thirty four Awarding Organisations for First Aid, IQL is a member of the First Aid Awarding Body forum.

Pre Requisites

Those wishing to become an RLSS UK First Aid Trainer Assessor must:

  • Be a current RLSS UK Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessor OR First Aid Instructor with another awarding organisation.
  • Hold one of the following: a valid, in date, National Pool Lifeguard Qualification OR a regulated First Aid at Work Certificate from IQL or another awarding organisation
  • Hold a valid Level 3 Award in Education and Training Certificate (or equivalent). If you do not hold this qualification, RLSS UK are offering a competitively priced, distance learning course in partnership with Active IQ. Please click here for full details.
  • Hold current RLSS UK Membership.

IQL First Aid qualifications are trainer assessed. Applicants must have been actively training first aid over the past three years. You are required to have completed the following within the last three years:

  • A minimum of 36 hours first aid training delivery (at least once in the last 6 months of applying)
  • A minimum of 6 first aid related assessments

You can use training hours from:

RLSS UK Qualifications

Training hours from each full course

National Pool Lifeguard Qualification


National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification


National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches


Open Water Lifeguard Qualification


Emergency Response Pool


Emergency First Aid at Work


First Aid at Work


First Aid at Work requalification


Emergency Paediatric First Aid


Paediatric First Aid


You can use assessments from any of the above courses.

When completing the online application form, you will be asked to outline what first aid related training and assessing activity you have taken part in over the past three years. 

Delivery of First Aid Qualification

All IQL First Aid qualifications must be delivered at an IQL UK Approved Training Centre (ATC) or via an IQL UK Approved Training Provider (ATP).  If you currently work at an ATC/P you can start to deliver First Aid qualifications immediately by liaising with your ATC/P Coordinator.

If you are an independent trainer wishing to deliver First Aid qualifications, you can apply to become an ATP. The ATP scheme allows you to deliver qualifications at any location.

ATP’s receive access to IQL UK’s online software portal to assist with the delivery, assessment and recording of IQL UK managed qualifications. In addition, you will be assigned a dedicated Customer Engagement Manager. Your Customer Engagement Manager will be your primary contact at IQL UK and support you with the delivery of IQL qualifications. You Customer Engagement Manager will also conduct an External Quality Assurance visit with you every 12-18 months to ensure compliance with IQL UK and Ofqual regulatory requirements.

If you wish to become an ATC or ATP, please click here.

New ATPs that will be delivering First Aid only are offered First year ATP subscription for a discounted fee of £100. In recognition of new First Aid ATPs joining our organisation we will credit their RLSS Direct account with £50 in order that they can get started and purchase first aid candidate packs

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Please do not apply if you do not meet the pre-requisites above, if you do not hold the AET or equivalent (see above) or have not delivered 36hrs of first aid through the above courses or have not completed 6 assessments, please do not apply at this time, as your application cannot be processed.

Prior to applying, please have a copy of the following supporting documents ready to upload;

  • AET or equivalent
  • FAW certificate
  • FA Trainer Assessor Certificate/Proof
  • List of training courses and assessment dates

If you require assistance completing your application, please contact our customer services team on 0300 3230 096 or email [email protected]

If you do not hold sufficient training hours or assessments, but do hold an NPLQ Specialism, L3 AET (higher or equivalent) and NPLQ/FAW, you could be observed delivering your first First Aid course by a member of the IQL IQA Team - you would need to make a payment for £170 (£50 for the RLSS UK First Aid Resources and £100 plus VAT for the member of IQL Quality Assurance Teams observation) to the RLSS UK Finance department (0300 3230 096), we would make you a probationary FA TA so you could access the resources, we would put you in touch with a Mentor who holds and IQA and First Aid Specialism who would observe you delivering your first First Aid course, subject to you being approved, your status would be changed from probationary to qualified.

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