What You Need to Know when attending First Aid Training During the Pandemic

Last updated 20th April 2022


We have put together our top FAQs with updated information. We continue to run our face-to-face training courses, within Government guidelines and with appropriate COVID-19 safety measures in place so your training experience can feel as safe as possible.

We keep this page updated with any changes, so be sure to check back before heading to your course.

Training saves lives and eases pressure on the NHS.

Are your training centres open?
Yes, all of our training centres across Scotland are open.
What are you doing to minimise the risk of COVID-19 cross infection in your training centres?

We have implemented a range of safety precautions:

  • If a candidate has any of the symptoms of COVID-19 please do not attend training. 
  • Face coverings are optional and are recommended to be worn whilst moving about the premises, using common areas such as stairways and lifts. 
  • In training sessions face coverings are recommended to be worn during close contact activities such as bandaging and recovery position practice.  
  • We will be keeping our training venues well ventilated. We advise candidates attend in warm clothing (we suggest layers that can be added or removed).
  • We encourage regular use of hand washing facilities and provide alcohol-based hand sanitiser in each room for regular use. 
  • All equipment is cleaned regularly.
Will there be rescue breaths included in CPR training? 

In line with the position of the Resuscitation Council, the HSE and the First Aid Quality Partnership, rescue breaths will not be practiced or assessed currently on our adult and workplace first aid courses, however we will teach rescue breath theory as part of cardiopulmonary resuscitation through clear practical demonstration and video. While rescue breaths are not being practiced or assessed during your training, we strongly advise that you attend annual refresher training within a year or when the moratorium on rescue breaths is lifted.

Are trainers allowed to come to your premises and deliver training?

We can come to your premises and deliver training to a group provided you are following current government guidance to create a COVID safe working and training environment. We will ask questions about your premises and training room. To enquire, simply email sales@firstaid.org.uk or complete our enquiry form.


What car parking facilities are available at your training centres?

    • Glasgow – Metered charging for on-street parking bays is available on Milton Street. All day parking is available at Dundasvale Car Park  and we can provide discount cards at our reception (available on request and subject to availability).
    • Edinburgh – Dock Place: Limited free spaces at Dock Place and unrestricted parking on one side of Commercial Street avoiding bus stops or bus lanes. 
    • Aberdeen: A nearby NCP car park offers all-day parking and we can provide discount cards at our reception for St Andrews First Aid candidates (available on request and subject to availability).
    • Dundee: Several paying car parks nearby: Overgate Shopping Centre and Bell Street.
    • Glenrothes: Free on-site parking is currently available.
    • Stirling: Free on-site parking is currently available.
    • Inverness: Free on-site parking is currently available.

If you have any further questions, please email info@firstaid.org.uk or call 0300 4 666 999


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