Emergency First Aid at Work Course

Emergency First Aid at Work training courses are for Appointed Persons. This is the minimum level of First Aid training for the workplace, appropriate for low-risk environments or for those acting in the absence of a fully qualified First Aider.

First Aid Legislation – October 2013

As of the 1st October 2013 the Health and Safety Executive is no longer required to formally approve first aid training and qualifications for the workplace. The law still states that employers should provide adequate and appropriate equipment and personnel to provide assistance to injured or ill colleagues, and provide trained first aiders based on their own needs assessment, this has not changed. The HSE will still ensure a standard of first aid training for the workplace is maintained.

A Provider You Can Trust

You must ensure that where your needs assessment indicates you need first aiders, they receive training that will teach them the necessary first aid skills and leave them feeling confident that they could respond to an emergency. To guarantee this, you should pick a training provider you can trust.

Emergency First Aid at Work by British Red Cross

All public Emergency First Aid at Work training courses listed on this website are delivered by the British Red Cross. The British Red Cross is a volunteer-led humanitarian organisation that helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. They are one of the worlds leading first aid training organisations delivering first aid courses of the highest quality and standard to some of the worlds leading organisations. When you book a first aid training course with Envico® you are helping to fund their humanitarian work and the first aid advice and support continues after your course ends.

What You’ll Learn During the Course

To be able to provide basic life support delegates will receive training in a range of Appointed Person First Aid subjects, including:

  • Aims and Principles of First Aid
  • Action at an Emergency
  • Basic Life Support
  • Management of the Unconscious Casualty
  • Assessment and treatment of a casualty who is wounded, bleeding or shocked
  • Assessment and treatment of fractures, dislocations and soft tissue injuries
  • Assessment and treatment of burns
  • AED (use of an AED, chain of survival)

Entry Requirements

Please ensure all delegates are free of any condition that will prohibit them from participating fully during the practical aspects of the course. There are no pre-requisites to attend the Emergency First Aid at Work course. If you would like to study a shorter course please consider the Basic First Aid E-learning which is delivered online in just 40 minutes.

Course Duration

One Day

Qualification and Certification

On completion of this basic life support course, delegates will receive a First Aid certificate of attendance to the standard of Emergency First Aid at Work for Appointed Person. Certificates are issued by the British Red Cross a couple of weeks after the completion date of the course.

First Aid Certificate Renewal

If you wish to renew your Emergency First Aid at Work certificate you will need to resit the course every three years.


Important Information You Need to Know

Please ensure all delegates are free of any condition that will prohibit them from participating fully during the practical aspects of the Appointed Person first aid course.


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 re-qualification 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 re-qualification 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 re-qualification 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.