First Aid Training and the end of HSE Accreditation - How can I still teach accredited first aid courses?
For all HSE Approved Training Provider the HSE approval was to finish on 6 April 2013, but this has now been updated to the 1st Oct 2013 subject to parliamentary approval. Therefor after the 1st October HSE will no longer be accrediting HSE First Aid at Work courses, they will still give guidance in updated ACOP Approved Code of Practice due out soon.
So how do first aid trainer and first aid companies after this date gain recognition or accreditation for their training? Well there are now 3 routes as follows:
1.) Route 1 - Voluntary Aid Societies (Red Cross, St Johns Ambulance and St Andrews Ambulance). Although as they are keen to keep their share and hold on the market, they all prefer not to train first aid trainers to teach their own courses, so as to avoid competition.
2.) Route 2 - OfQual & SQA Awarding Bodies. This will be the most popular route especially for the commercial trainers and companies who wish to gain accredited qualification for the candidates they teach.
3.) Route 3 - Trade Bodies and Associations. This at the moment is not the preferred route, as there is no external accredited monitoring and HSE have stated it will be up to the company to check, it is fit for purpose by doing their own risk assessment.
So how do I become an accredited first aid trainer and gain access to accredited first aid qualifications?
The easiest and most popular route would be with Route 2 above. You first need to have a current HSE First Aid at Work Certificate or equivalent MOD first aid or are a qualified nurse or paramedic. You would then need to show a teaching qualification which can be the PTLLS Teaching award or an accredited First Aid Trainer course (see www.abertaytraining.co.uk)
After you have your recognized train the trainer award, there are many awarding bodies you can apply to become a registered centre with. Abertay as listed above, give free approval for trainer and centre recognition if they complete their EDI approved First Aid Trainers Course through www.safecertawards.com, but have a look on the SQA and OfQual website for others.
Paul Horsburgh BSc, Grad CIPD, QTS, PGCE, PGDip IT, PGDip PM
Company Director for 13 years in teaching, health and safety field