Training is permitted in areas where local lockdowns are in place, provided it is run in a COVID secure manner, class sizes have been reduced to 8 delegates maximum per course and  are not affected by the rule of six. We have conducted a risk assessment of our venues to determine the maximum safe capacity to be able to adhere to 2-metre-plus social distancing, to determine the number of places available on each of our courses as guided by the HSE.

We will be implementing the following measures to keep your delegates and our employees safe:

  • If a delegate has any of the symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. new persistent cough, high temperature, loss or change to sense of smell or taste) they must not attend training. We will provide a free transfer to a future course
  • We may check delegate’s temperatures before they enter the classroom
  • We will implement social distancing measures between everyone at all times during the course and request the same of delegates during breaks. To do this we have reduced class sizes depending on the size of the room
  • There will be hand sanitisation available and regular hand-washing protocols in place
  • We will operate a 1:1 delegate to manikin ratio for CPR practice and will maintain our rigorous manikin cleaning protocols
  • We have altered our training strategies to ensure that trainers and delegates do not touch and remain socially distanced during practical sessions
  • We will continue to provide gloves for relevant practical sessions
  • Face-coverings will not be provided but delegates are welcome to wear their own and are encouraged to do so.
  • Bandage practice will be done by the delegates on themselves instead of in pairs
  • Delegates will put themselves into the recovery position

Thank you for keeping us and your classmates safe.


First aid certificate extensions

First Aid at Work (FAW) and Emergency First aid at Work (EFAW) certificates requalification

First aid providers have resumed first aid training and assessment. In some cases with lower number of delegates on courses, there remains a back log or limited availability.

FAW or EFAW certificates that expired after 16 March 2020 can remain valid until 31 October 2020 or 6 months from date of expiry, whichever is later. All requalification training for these certificates should be completed by 31 March 2021.

To qualify for the extension, employers must be able to demonstrate that:

  • They have made every effort to arrange requalification training as soon as possible and can explain in detail why they have not been able to do so. For example, they must show evidence that staff with expired certificates are booked on to EFAW or FAW requalification courses,  if requested by an inspector
  • They have adequate and appropriate equipment and facilities to give first aid to any employee who is injured or becomes ill at work
  • The level of first aid cover provided remains appropriate for their particular work environment
  • The level of first aid provision necessary in high risk settings is fully maintained, eg in construction, agriculture, engineering and chemicals


This guidance now applies to employers in England, Scotland and Wales.