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

Last updated 2nd August 2021


As Scotland has moved into level 0 of COVID-19 restrictions, our safety measures still remain in line with Scottish Government Guidance.

We have put together our top FAQs with updated information about taking our first aid training courses during the pandemic. We are continuing 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. 


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


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 are available on Milton Street costing £3.50 for three hours. 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.

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 we can deliver any of our courses at your premises. To enquire, simply email sales@firstaid.org.uk or complete our enquiry form.


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 1 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 is 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 16/3/2020 were valid until 31/10/2020 or 6 months after the expiry date, whichever is later. The requalification training would have to have been completed by 31/3/2021. To book your requalification course, view our course dates here >>> 


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 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.  The annual refresher training will include practical training and assessment in rescue breaths. This will be reviewed on a regular basis.

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

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