First Aid

First Aid Courses

Feel confident that you know what to do in an emergency. First Aid Training is not only a requirement to comply with Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations in the workplace, it provides you with the simple skills that can save lives. Our first aid courses are delivered by highly experienced trainers who are dedicated to providing an excellent training experience for each course participant.

We have courses available for group and individual bookings and we keep our fees as low as we can to improve access to this essential training.

Please select from the COURSES menu for full details of content, duration and fees. If you wish to book onto one of our open courses, dates are listed below. Or, if you are looking to arrange a training session on a date of your choice, please select a course and go to the group booking section.

Our delivery models have been updated for Covid-19 and we have introduced specific measures for face-to-face training. Please read our guidance for face-to-face training during Covid-19

If you are not sure that any of these courses will suit your training needs, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Open Course Dates

We regularly run first aid courses on our year-round Open Course Programme at our venue in Edinburgh. You can book online by clicking on the links below.

CPR & AEDtbc-

Emergency First Aid at Work28th September9:30 - 4:30
Emergency First Aid at Work26th October9:30 - 4:30
Emergency First Aid at Work30th November9:30 - 4:30

First Aid at Work Day 1: 8th November
Day 2: 9th November
Day 3: 10th November
9:30 - 4:30

Emergency Paediatric First Aid12th OctoberFully Booked

Paediatric First Aid (2 days)tbc-

Guidelines and Statutory Requirements

Validation of First Aid Courses

The following courses are registered and certificated through STA (Safety Training Awards) and regulated by SQA or OFQUAL.

Emergency First Aid at Work (6 hours)

CPR and AED (4 hours)

First Aid at Work (3 days)

First Aid at Work Requalification (2 days)

CPR and Anaphylaxis (4 hours)

Emergency Paediatric First Aid (6 hours)

Paediatric First Aid (2 days)

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981

The ‘Guidance on Regulations’ has been updated and strengthened to incorporate the new approval arrangements and the withdrawal of ACOP and can be downloaded at

Regulations and Guidance sections 3 and 4 and Appendices 1, 2 and 3 set out the principal duties of the employer , e.g. ‘Employers have a legal duty to make arrangements to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work’, and related matters, e.g. provision of an Appointed Person or First Aider based on a needs assessment. Guidance on needs assessment can be found here:

Regulation 2 Guidance, para 28 is useful reading for care and childcare service providers:
‘These Regulations do not require employers to provide first aid for anyone other than their own employees. However, many organisations, such as schools, places of entertainment, fairgrounds and shops, provide a service for others and it is strongly recommended that employers include non-employees in their assessment of first-aid needs and make provision for them. This may require first-aiders to receive additional training above the legal minimum requirement so that they are able to act competently, for example additional training in paediatric first aid if operating in a school.’

European Resuscitation Council

All courses meet the European Resuscitation Council Guidelines for Resuscitation 2015.


STA (Safety Training Awards) Certificate of Training with SQA/OFQUAL accredidation