The Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (RQF) is regulated by Ofqual. The units have been developed and are supported by the First Aid Awarding Organisation Forum to meet the requirements of the: First Aid at Work Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 Guidance on Regulations (L74) Resuscitation Council (UK) Guidelines First Aid at Work Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1982 (Northern Ireland).
The purpose of the qualification is for the learner to attain knowledge and practical competences required to deal with a range of workplace first aid situations. The Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work is aimed at learners already working or preparing to work in industry. The qualification is usually delivered as a three-day programme of training and assessment for learners to allow them to be first aiders in the workplace. The qualification has recommended course duration of three days. The course duration may be increased to meet additional learning needs if required but not reduced. The qualification develops learners’ knowledge, understanding and skills in the following areas: roles and responsibilities of the First Aider; assessing an incident, recognising signs and symptoms of injury and illness, assisting a casualty who is suffering from major injury and illness, chest injuries, spinal injuries and anaphylaxis. The objectives of the qualification include supporting a role in the workplace and giving learners personal growth and engagement in learning. If this qualification is being used to meet the requirements of the HSE then it is valid for three years, after which learners will need to repeat the qualification, however it is recommended that learners refresh their knowledge annually.
There are no specific entry requirements however, learners should have a minimum of Level 2 in literacy or numeracy or equivalent. The qualification is suitable for learners aged 14 years and above.