• Level 2
  • 3 Hours Duration
  • 1 Year Certificate

First Aid At Work Annual Refresher

This half day First Aid At Work Refresher course is aimed at businesses that have staff members who have already completed either the 3 day First Aid At Work – Level 3 Award or the Emergency First Aid at Work – Level 2 Award training but are due an annual refresher as recommended by current legislation.

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This half day First Aid At Work Refresher course is aimed at businesses that have staff members who have already completed either the 3 day First Aid At Work

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Course Summary

  • How to act safely and effectively in an emergency
  • Deal with a casualty who is unconscious
  • Administer cardio pulmonary resuscitation
  • Deal with a casualty who is suffering from shock
  • Deal with a casualty who is wounded and bleeding

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    Where Do You Deliver The First Aid Refresher Training?

    We can cover the whole of the UK. Also, we have our own venues in the Midlands if you don't have access to a training room.

    Who Is This First Aid at Work Refresher Course For?

    This training is for anyone working within a workplace that requires first aid cover.

    How Many Delegates Can I Have On One Session?

    We will deliver this training for a group of up to 12 delegates. Similarly, for larger groups we can either provide multiple trainers on the same day or run multiple days to get everyone trained.

    Who Will Conduct The Training?

    One of our expert clinical tutors, these are either Nurses or Doctors with an abundance of clinical and complex care experience and knowledge – so you’ll be in great hands! Furthermore, we will let you know who is doing the training in advance, you can check out their skills and experience by finding them on our meet the team page.

First Aid At Work Refresher Course

This short First Aid At Work Refresher course is for businesses with employees who finished either the 3-day First Aid At Work – Level 3 Award or the Emergency First Aid at Work – Level 2 Award training. By UK law, first aid training should be refreshed so that you or your team know new develop in the industry.

A first aid refresher course is short training that reviews key skills and updates protocols for individuals previously certified in administering emergency first aid.

People should take the refresher class about every 3 years to keep their knowledge very up-to-date. As new medical evidence or products come out, some emergency care details change over time. Refreshing important details makes sure you have the latest helping ability.

Going over the important things  on first aid helps participant become well-prepared first aid volunteers ready to spot different emergencies and react correctly until ambulance crews arrive to help the person.

Following the best steps means people get the fastest, safest care in those crucial first few minutes!


In the Half-day first aid refresher course, participants cover recaps like:

  • Main responsibilities of a first aid helper
  • How to quickly assess an emergency
  • Updated CPR steps
  • Stopping bleeding fast
  • Helping people having seizures, burns or other common crises
  • Using devices called AEDs that can shock hearts back to beating
  • Moving a sick or injured person safely
  • Rules on reporting emergencies and documenting what you did to help

Benefits of Having a Refresher First Aid Training:

Important of participating in a refresher course

  1. Updates Your Knowledge

First aid refresher courses teach the latest science and best ways to help sick or hurt people. Taking a refresher class ensures you know the newest rules.

  1. Sharpens Your Skills

Revisiting how to do key skills like CPR, bandaging, rescue breaths keeps those abilities immediately ready to use if someone needs you. Practice makes perfect!

  1. Builds Confidence

By reviewing and rehearsing your vital ability to deliver first aid when emergencies happen, your confidence handling real crisis situations greatly improves.

  1. Reinforces Quick Response Memory

Refreshing key assessment and intervention processes helps ingrain them firmly for super quick action without hesitation when urgent situations arise requiring your help.

  1. Supports Work or Group Requirements

Some workplaces and volunteer groups need members to keep first aid knowledge current through refresher education as a requirement. Refreshers fulfill policies.

Keeping first response skills finely tuned through short periodic refresher courses results in people getting faster, better assistance surviving health crises.

Lifesaving abilities stay at their sharpest!

First Aid Refresher Course Content:

1. Introduction to First Aid:

  • Importance of first aid in saving lives and preventing further harm
  • Legal aspects and responsibilities of first aid providers

2. Assessing the Situation:

  • Recognizing an emergency and activating emergency medical services
  • Prioritizing your actions and ensuring personal safety

3. Unconscious Casualties:

  • Identifying signs of an unconscious casualty
  • Safe approach and positioning
  • Performing primary and secondary surveys

4. Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR):

  • Understanding the importance of CPR in cardiac arrest scenarios
  • Demonstrating proper hand placement and compression technique
  • Practicing rescue breaths and compression ratios

5. Casualties Suffering from Shock:

  • Recognizing signs of shock and different types of shock
  • Providing comfort and reassurance to the casualty
  • Positioning and administering first aid to manage shock

6. Wounds and Bleeding:

  • Assessing the severity of wounds and types of bleeding
  • Applying pressure and dressings to control bleeding
  • Understanding tourniquet use and its limitations

7. Practical Scenarios:

  • Engaging in hands-on exercises and simulations to reinforce skills
  • Dealing with various emergency scenarios involving unconsciousness, CPR, shock, and wounds

8. First Aid Kits and Equipment:

  • Identifying essential items for a well-stocked first aid kit
  • Proper use and maintenance of first aid supplies

9. Review and Q&A:

  • Summarising key points and techniques covered
  • Addressing participant questions and concerns

By revisiting essential first aid techniques, attendees will gain the confidence to handle unconscious casualties, administer cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), treat individuals in shock, and manage wounded and bleeding victims.

Learning Outcome:

After completing the first aid annual update, participants should be able to:

  • Act safely and effectively during emergencies.
  • Handle unconscious casualties with confidence.
  • Give CPR proficiently in cardiac arrest situations.
  • Manage shock and wounded people very well.
  • Adapt to new situation and stay updated with guidelines.
  • Prioritise actions and respond very fast.
  • Promote a safety-conscious culture.
  • Retain and reinforce essential first aid skills.

These outcomes ensure a safer workplace and preparedness for medical emergencies.

Who Should Attend a First Aid at Work Refresher Course?

The First Aid at Work Annual Refresher Course is for:

  • First aid responders
  • Safety team members
  • First aid certificate holders
  • Healthcare professionals
  • High-risk industry workers
  • Educators
  • Public service workers
  • Community volunteers
  • Parents and caregivers

Ideal for maintaining essential first aid skills in various workplace settings. You can check our online emergency first aid awareness if you would prefer to study at your convenience.

FAAW Training Course Completion:

Upon successfully completing the First Aid Refresher Course, participants will receive a certification that validates their refreshed first aid skills and their ability to act promptly and confidently during emergencies.

Top Questions and Answers

1. What is First Aid At Work  (FAAW) Training?

First aid at work training is a specialized program that teaches people how to provide immediate assistance to injured or ill colleagues.

The training equips individuals with essential skills for handling medical emergencies until professional help arrives.

The training emphasizes staying calm and acting swiftly during emergencies, along with understanding legal responsibilities in providing first aid at work.

It creates a safer workplace, empowering employees to respond effectively during accidents, saving lives, and reducing injury impact.

2. Why is the First Aid Refresher Course Important?

First aid at work refresher training is vital for:

  • Maintaining competence
  • Boosting confidence
  • Adapting to new scenarios to minimise emergencies at work place.
  • Addressing knowledge gaps
  • Ensuring swift response times to situations at the workplace
  • Promoting a safety culture, especially in the workplace.

To read more about the importance of first aid training, please visit this link.


3. What is the refresher period for first aid at work?

The recommended time to redo your First Aid at Work certification is every 3 years.

Here’s what that means:

  • When you first get certified in First Aid at Work, it lasts for 3 years from when you finish the course.
  • To stay qualified as a certified workplace first aider, you need to do a 1-day refresher course before your certification runs out.
  • These refresher courses are shorter because they build on what you already know from your first course, instead of teaching everything again.
  • Refreshing your skills every 3 years helps you learn any new ways of doing things and keeps you up to date with the latest guidelines.

Once you finish the refresher training, your certification is good for another 3 years.

So, in short – you have 3 years between your first course and needing to do the refresher, and then your recertification lasts for another 3 years. This way, first aiders can keep their official qualifications and meet workplace health and safety rules.


4. Why do first aid certificates expire?

Here are the main reasons why first aid certificates have expiry dates requiring periodic renewal:

  • First aid rules change based on new medical info and research. Without updating training, what you know might get old. Renewing makes sure responders know the latest stuff.
  • You might forget how to do first aid if you don’t use it often. Renewal training helps refresh skills and review what’s important, especially for real emergencies.
  • Renewal courses share updates on risks, tools, and reporting rules, tailored for different workplaces or communities. Staying educated helps keep responses smart and safe.
  • Organizations need to show they take care seriously by having qualified first aiders. Keeping proper qualifications means following rules and checking them regularly.
  • Expiry dates make sure everyone stays on top of their emergency skills, which is crucial for public safety. Being skilled, informed, and ready to help is super important.


5. Can I administer first aid if my certificate has expired?

While core skills like CPR, airway management, and bleeding control mostly stick around for a long time, there might be new rules that change how we respond to emergencies. So, try your best to remember what you learned in training when you need to help, but be ready to listen to any new advice from experts if your qualification has expired.

Also, if your certificate has expired, you can’t officially be the designated first aider at work anymore. Employers need to make sure someone with a valid certificate takes over those duties to follow health and safety rules. Following the rules protects everyone.

But most importantly, when dealing with emergencies where lives are at risk and you need to act fast, it’s all about doing your best to help, even if your paperwork isn’t up to date. Saving lives is more important than having the right paperwork in urgent situations.


6. Can you do a first aid refresher online?

Yes, you can do first aid refresher training online, especially for the parts that cover theory.

But there are differences between doing it online and in a classroom:

  • Online training is good for learning the latest rules, what your duties are, and how to report incidents. It’s handy if you’re busy.
  • But for the practical parts, like showing you can do CPR or bandage wounds, you usually need to do that in person.
  • You might watch videos online first, but then you have to show someone in real life that you can do it right. Some online courses let you upload videos to prove you can do things properly. But this way might not be as good as doing it in person, where someone can watch you closely and give you advice.

So, while online training is good for learning and checking what you know, it’s best to also do some in-person training to be sure you’re fully prepared.

And remember, in some jobs, you might need to do extra training that’s approved by the law, especially if it’s for being a workplace first aider.

In short – yes, online training is useful for learning the theory and checking your skills, but it’s important to follow the rules and maybe do some extra training in person to be completely sure you’re ready for your role or any emergencies you might face.

A mix of online and in-person training is usually the best way to go.


7. Can You Fail Your First Aid Refresher Class?

Yes, you can. In a first aid refresher lesson, you might not pass if your scores in the skills tests or written exams are much lower than what’s needed to pass.

During the practical exercises, where you act out emergency situations, the instructors watch closely. They want to make sure you follow all the right steps in the correct order without missing anything important. They might also ask you questions to check if you remember things like how to assess a situation or call for help.

If you’re not doing well and show that you’re not able to do the skills you learned before, or if you struggle with the important steps when you’re under pressure, the instructors will give you feedback on what you need to work on. You might need some extra training to get better at those things.

In some rare cases, if you’re not meeting the standards for first aid skills, you might have to retake the whole course before you can get certified again. But usually, if you’re just a bit below the standard, you’ll get some extra training and then be retested later.

These checks are important because they make sure everyone who gets certified knows what they’re doing and can help in an emergency. It’s all about keeping people safe and making sure first aid skills are up to scratch.


8. What happens in a first aid refresher course?

In a refresher class, you go over the important aspects you learned before in your first aid class, but in a quicker way. The teacher checks to make sure everyone remembers everything well.

First, the teacher talks about any recent changes in how to help in emergencies. They cover important things like:

  • making sure the area is safe before helping someone,
  • checking vital signs, helping someone breathe properly,
  • using AED machines, and
  • giving first aid for serious bleeding or broken bones.

If anyone has questions, they can ask to make sure they understand everything.

Then, you work in small groups and take turns practicing what you learned. The teacher gives tips to help anyone who’s struggling. You might practice things like CPR, cleaning eyes, or putting on a sling for an injured arm.

Finally, you do some role-playing where you act out helping someone in an emergency all by yourself. You have to assess the person, call for help if needed, and give them the right care until more help arrives. The teacher checks to make sure you’re doing everything right, and if you are, you’ll get your certificate renewed.


9. Do all staff need to be first aid retrained?

No, not everyone has to do first aid training again after they’re first certified. It depends on a few things like where you work, what you do, and what the law says in your area.

Here are some things to think about:

  • Some jobs, like being a designated first aider or working in risky places, might need you to get certified again every 2-3 years.
  • But if you’re not responsible for giving first aid as part of your job, your boss might just suggest you do a quick refresher to keep you up to date.
  • Companies need to make sure they have enough trained people around to help if something happens, based on how many workers they have and where they work.
  • Deciding how much training to do again depends on things like how much money a company has and what’s necessary for keeping everyone safe.
  • Basically, it’s about balancing what the law says, how many trained people are needed, and what’s practical for the company. Most of the time, only certain people need to do lots of training again, not everyone. Being aware and able to help when needed is what’s most important.

10. What is a First Aid at Work refresher course?

A first aid refresher course is for people who did a full first aid course before. It updates their skills and knowledge in giving first aid.

They learn things like CPR, treating wounds, and helping someone who’s choking until paramedics come.

This keeps them skilled and sure in giving first aid, following new rules, and keeping their certification valid.