Why has the way we train First aid changed, Online First Aid Training had been emerging as a new way of learning for people and the workforce, but this had accelerated in the recent few months due to Covid 19 , Blended First Aid learning has been accepted prior to March this year as by the HSE “Blended learning is an accepted method for delivery of first aid training, providing criteria outlined in section 23 of guidance (PDF)– Portable Document Format.”
HSE strongly recommends that practical elements of the course should be assessed by direct observation, to ensure the competence of candidates, therefore first aid training needs to have practical elements and demonstrate competency to it, people need to demonstrate how to do cardio pulmonary resuscitation correctly and all aspects of first aid practical skills.
What is the break down of these training courses ?
Therefore training courses can have one third of the course online and two thirds face to face training.
A minimum of two-thirds of the Guided Learning Hours (GLH) should be face-to-face classroom learning with the remainder having being completed via distance learning. For example:
- Emergency First Aid at Work – 2 hours distance learning and 4 hours face to face classroom learning and assessment One Day First Aid Courses
- First Aid at Work – 6 hours distance learning and 12 hours (2 days) face to face classroom learning and assessment Three Day First Aid Courses or Blended Three Day First Aid Courses
- Emergency Paediatric First Aid – ‘must’ only be delivered and assessed face-to-face in the classroom
- Paediatric First Aid – A minimum of 6 GLH must be face to face classroom learning with the remainder having being completed via distance learning. For example, 6 hours distance learning and 6 hours face to face classroom delivery and assessment.
Face to Face Training
Therefore Face to Face training can take place and realistically a one day EFAW might as well be Face to Face because you would need to do the practical elements and assessment likewise with an emergency paediatric.
As a business we deliver and are a leading provider of lifeguard training courses and its impossible to do these courses online due to the skill set which learners need to develop, we currently adhered to social distancing and ensure the learners are safe and these courses are delivered in COVID 19 secure facilities.
Yes courses can be delivered face to face to people and businesses and nothing has changed from before and learners will be safe.
Qualsafe At Home
So where do we go with First aid training, we deliver courses through a couple of awarding organisations and we can do the online zoom , teams and google meet. But what is fantastic option for blended learning the “Qualsafe at Home ” First Aid at Work 3 three day course which is one day( 6 hours) online training plus two days face to face for training and assessment, and the Two day renewal course which is online or one day face to face for training and assessment. The advantages of this is the reduction of contact time with people under the present climate and people are working from home.
The Pre learning / online training which is interactive and continual assessment and once completed learners receive a certificate of achievement.
There are advantages to both types of courses, but this may be the new norm for the immediate future or longer.
Please contact us for more details on these course for yourself or your business.