For trainers who want to teach the First Aid category you must hold one of the following qualifications in both subject knowledge and teaching requirements as a minimum:



You must hold one of the below

Subject knowledge:


Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF)

Be an Active and Registered Nurse/Doctor/Paramedic

BTEC Level 2 Award in First Person on Scene Intermediate

BTEC Level 3 Award in First Person on Scene Enhanced



You must also hold one of the below

Teaching Qualifications:


Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Sector (PTTLS)

Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Sector (CTTLS)

Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Sector (DTTLS)

Level 3 Award in Education in Training (QCF)

Certificate in Education - Issued from a University



Additional important notes


The HSE ceased regulating in 2013, as such any qualification with them is valid up until the expiry date only. Trainers must then complete a Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF).


All qualifications now need to be regulated as stated by the Skills for Health Council and Ofqual as of October 1st 2015.


AoFA Qualifications will accept FAW certificates from both St John's Ambulance and the British Red Cross and St Andrews as long as they are valid and in date. This is due to these organisations having a known quality assurance system. Please however understand that these qualifications are unregulated and you will may will need to get a Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF)


A EFAW certificate is a Level 2 qualification and is not sufficient enough to teach First Aid.