What is the First Aid at Work Certificate?
The First Aid at Work Certificate, also known as FAW, enables you to provide emergency treatment in the event of an individual injuring themselves or falling ill.
The Certificate shows that you have completed extensive First Aid Training and are able to operate associated equipment like a defibrillator.
The FAW Certificate is valid for 3 years and is issued by your First Aid training provider. As a Certified First Aider, you will have the necessary skills and knowledge to respond effectively to emergencies both in the workplace and beyond.
Do I need a First Aid at Work Certificate?
First Aid Training gives the holder valuable skills that can make a huge difference in emergencies. A First Aiders intervention can boost recovery and even save lives!
In the workplace, however, it is an employer's responsibility, as per the Health and Safety Regulations of 1981, to ensure that employees have access to "adequate" first aid treatment. Therefore, having Certified First Aiders can satisfy this criteria and make a workplace safer for everyone. In some circumstances, having holders of the First Aid at Work Certificate is a legal requirement. This is determined by the risk factor of the workplace and is outlined in an employer's HSE risk assessment.
There are also different types of first aid training depending on your working environment, i.e. where you work and who you work with. For example, if you work in an environment with children, you require the Pediatric First Aid Certificate.
It is your legal responsibility to provide first aid care to injured or unwell staff (as per the Health and Safety Regulations of 1981).
To be eligible for a First Aid at Work Certificate, you need to be at least 16 years old and have completed the 3-day FAW training course.
How to get the First Aid at Work Certificate
To get your FAW Certificate, you need to complete the required training.
Complete the FAW Training Course
The training course runs over 3 days and you will be assessed on your knowledge. This can vary depending on your training provider.
First Aid at Work Training Course
To obtain the First Aid At Work Certificate and become a Certified First Aider at your workplace, you need to complete the FAW Training Course. It takes 3 days and involves a mix of theory and practical work. Some of the areas covered include:
- Managing an emergency and when to contact emergency services
- Health and safety (First Aid) regulations
- Communication and casualty care
- Head injuries
- Bleeding (minor and severe)
- Resuscitation (adult CPR)
- Seizures (adult)
- Burns and scalds
- Severe allergic reaction
- Chest pains (including heart attack)
Your knowledge will be assessed at various points on the course through written exams. How these are set varies between training providers. There will also be on-going practical assessments which require your consistent involvement in the FAW Training.
Cost of the First Aid at Work Certificate
The First Aid at Work Certificate comes as part of the FAW Training Course. This means that there is no additional cost to obtain the certificate, as the price is already factored into the training cost.
To renew your First Aid at Work Certificate once it has expired after 3 years, you will need to take Refresher training. FAW Refresher Training takes 2 days (as opposed to the 3 days required for the original FAW Training Course). Refresher Training is an important part of keeping your skills current and to make sure that you are aware of new techniques and advancements that will help with providing more effective treatment.
Since your renewed First Aid at Work Certificate is part of the Refresher Training Course, its cost is factored into the price of the extra training.