What You Need to Know About First Aid Training During the Pandemic

One way systems implemented across all of our training centres

Last updated Tuesday 9th July 2021

During these unprecedented times, it might feel like the restrictions to our lives are constantly changing. That’s why we’ve put together this handy FAQ on taking first aid training courses during the pandemic. Customers and trainers can leave home for specific work purposes and therefore we are continuing to train face to face, within Government guidelines.  

Training saves lives and eases pressure on the NHS.

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

In mainland Scotland, all areas are in lockdown. Is the course I have booked still going ahead?

Yes. Our training courses are going ahead as scheduled. For more information on current Covid-19 restrictions, please see the Scottish Government website.

Courses take place in our training centres following strict COVID-19 safety procedures in line with Scottish Government restrictions.

Are your training centres open?


Yes, all of our training centres across Scotland are open. See guidelines from the HSE:

“The Scottish Government has informed HSE that first aid training can be permitted under the current coronavirus restrictions, given the following considerations:

  • The training is a required part of the work or operation of the business commissioning the training (e.g. is necessary for compliance with health and safety or other legislation)
  • Other requirements for businesses and individuals under the current restrictions are met
  • All controls necessary are in place to comply with relevant regulations and guidance published by the Scottish Government and any additional measures necessary to ensure the training activities and environment are COVID-secure are taken.

Under current restrictions, some premises are closed to the public or are prohibited from carrying out their normal business. These premises can be considered for use as training venues, providing the conditions outlined above are adhered to.

HSE’s current guidance on first aid certificate extensions covers all of GB and remains unaltered.”

What car parking facilities are available at your training centres?

    • Glasgow – Parking bays available on Milton Street costing £3.50 for three hours. All day parking available at a nearby residential car park for £7 all day with a discount card from our reception.
    • Edinburgh – Dock Place: Limited free spaces at Dock Place and unrestricted parking on one side of Commercial Street avoiding bus stops or bus lanes. The Ocean Terminal shopping centre’s car park is a short walk away.
    • Edinburgh – Norton Park: Limited free parking spaces at venue.
    • Aberdeen: A nearby NCP car park offers all-day parking at a discounted rate (£7) for St Andrew’s First Aid candidates.
    • Dundee: Several paying car parks nearby: Overgate Shopping Centre, Bell Street and Grassmarket.
    • Glenrothes: Free on-site parking.
    • Stirling: Free on-site parking.
    • Inverness: Free on-site parking

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

Yes. We will ask questions about your premises and amenities, and you must provide us with a copy of your COVID-19 risk assessment. Once you have satisfied the criteria and filled in a booking form, we can deliver any of our courses at your premises.

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:

  • Screening questionnaire on arrival
  • Social distancing measures and one-way systems
  • Reduced class sizes with 2 metre distancing
  • Temperature check of staff and candidates upon morning arrival and after lunch break
  • Trainers will be wearing face coverings throughout training.
  • Further ventilation will be evident in all training centres.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitiser located in every training room
  • One training manikin provided per candidate.  
  • All training equipment disinfected every day
  • If necessary, we are happy to provide you with a copy of our completed Covid-19 risk assessment.


Can I complete my workplace training online?


No, our first aid courses must be assessed in person. We do not have the option to offer any part of our courses online.

My certification expired during lockdown. Do I hold a valid certification? When do I need to requalify by?


Certificates that expired after 16th March 2020 are now valid until 31st October 2020 or 6 months after the expiry date, whichever is later. The requalification training must now be completed by 31st March 2021.

Do I have to wear a face covering for the whole course?


Yes, face masks should be worn by all candidates at all times with the exception of when eating or drinking.

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 practised 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 practised 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.  The annual refresher training will include practical training and assessment in rescue breaths. This will be reviewed on a regular basis and will be implemented from 18th February, 2021.

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

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