Understanding the First Aid Training Sector
First Aid training businesses in the UK can become Awarding Body Centres in order to deliver accredited, credible, recognised, certificated qualifications. The Centre [first aid training organisation] has to demonstrate quality assurance systems, designed to maintain the integrity of the first aid qualification and to protect the interests of candidates and employers, to the regulatory authorities.
The First Aid training sector in the UK currently has the major external regulators, Ofqual, WG [Welsh Government] and SQA [Scottish Qualifications Authority]:
Health & Safety Executive (HSE)
HSE approval for first aid training organisations ceased on October 01, 2013.
Employers are still required to have a first aid provision for their employees. If employers do not use Awarding Body Centres then it is the employers responsibility to perform a due diligence check on the first aid training provider.
Ofqual (qualifications regulator) and Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)
Ofqual, WG and SQA currently accredit about 20 Awarding Bodies concerned with supporting First Aid qualifications.
ITC First is an accredited awarding body and some of the first aid qualifications developed by ITC are to be found on the the national qualifications frameworks, for example ITC Level 5 Outdoor First Aid (SCQF), ITC Level 3 Paediatric First Aid (QCF), ITC Level 2 Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF), ITC Level 5 First Aid for Sport Exercise & Fitness (SCQF).
ITC First is a SQA approved awarding body, supporting Centres in Scotland and throughout the rest of the UK offering first aid qualifications.
Trainers and Assessors follow the governance of ITC, which is the approved & accredited organisation, in order to deliver to their own clients. To become an ITC Centre, organisations are required to follow the pathways described in this website.
If you have the staff and resources to deliver first aid qualifications such as 1-day EFAW then complete a Centre Approval Form 'C1' found here