Do you what to become a lifesaver?

We offer a variety of Ofqual regulated first aid qualifications as we know that the correct qualification will depends on your needs. Whether it’s First Aid at Work or something more specialised like Paedriatric First Aid we’re sure you’ll appreciate our common sense approach.

Trainer demonstrating hand placement for CPR on a casualty

Please contact us if you would like more information to help you make your decision as we know it can be tricky to pick the correct qualification. You can also use our simple three-step calculator to determine your requirements.

I will recommend Common Sense Training to all my friends and colleagues so that they can become proficient in all they need to know in an emergency as the life that they save may well be mine!
Rob – Shredpoint

First Aid at Work / Emergency First Aid at Work
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First Aid at Work (FAW)
Designed for individuals to act as a first aider in their workplace.
3 day course Certificate valid for 3 years
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First Aid at Work (Requalification)
Requalification to individuals holding a valid FAW certification.
2 day course Certificate valid for 3 years
Download First Aid at Work (Requalification) PDF
First Aid at Work (Annual Refresher)2
This qualification is designed to allow qualified first aiders to update their first aid skills yearly, until requalification training is required.
3 hour course Certificate of attendance
Download First Aid at Work (Annual Refresher) PDF
Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW)
Designed for individuals to act as an emergency first aider in their workplace.
1 day course Certificate valid for 3 years
Download Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) PDF

All the above qualifications are Level 3 according to the RQF.1

Paediatric Courses
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Combined First Aid at Work & Paediatric First Aid
The Combined First Aid at Work and Paediatric First Aid Course is ideal for those who work in settings that require both first aiders and paediatric first aiders, such as schools, sports clubs or other childcare settings.
3 day course(extended hours) Certificate valid for 3 years
Download Combined First Aid at Work & Paediatric First Aid PDF
Paediatric First Aid
Specifically designed to meet the criteria set by the Department for Education’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework. Suitable for that with level 2 or 3 childcare qualification, registered childminders/assistants or anyone who cares for infants and children, such as parents, guardians or grandparents.
2 day course Certificate valid for 3 years
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Paediatric First Aid (Annual Refresher)3
This qualification has been specifically designed to allow qualified paediatric first aiders to refresh their knowledge and practise essential paediatric first aid skills every year until requalification training is required.
3 hour course Certificate of attendance
Download Paediatric First Aid (Annual Refresher) PDF
Emergency Paediatric First Aid
Designed in-line with the current Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements for those individuals to act as an emergency paediatric first aider to be included in the staff to child ratios required. Also suitable for anyone who cares for infants and children, such as parents, guardians or grandparents.
1 day course Certificate valid for 3 years
Download Emergency Paediatric First Aid PDF

All the above qualifications are Level 3 according to the RQF.1

Automated External Defibrillator Qualifications
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Basic Life Support and Safe Use of an Automated External Defibrillator
Designed to provide candidates with the skills needed to administer safe, prompt and effective basic life support and use an AED safely in emergency situations.
½ day course Certificate valid for 1 year
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Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation
Specifically designed to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills needed to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use an AED safely in emergency situations.
½ day course Certificate valid for 1 year
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All the above qualifications are Level 3 according to the RQF.1

Specialist Qualifications and FAW/EFAW Bolt-ons
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Activity First Aid
Designed for those who have a responsibility to provide first aid in outdoor and activity based environments.
2 day course Certificate valid for 3 years
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Basic Life Support and Management of Anaphylaxis
With content approved by the Anaphylaxis Campaign this qualification is designed for those who have a specific responsibility at work, at home or in voluntary and community activities, to provide basic life support and manage anaphylaxis when dealing with an emergency.
½ day course Certificate valid for 1 year
Download Basic Life Support and Management of Anaphylaxis PDF
citizenAID
Specifically developed to help members of the public learn life-saving skills for use in these extreme situations. Based on the citizenAID phone App and pocket guide, this regulated qualification is designed to teach people how to react safely, prioritise the injured and give first aid to victims in the event of a deliberate multiple casualty incident.
3 hour course Certificate valid for 3 years
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Forestry First Aid +F
Designed to accompany a regulated First Aid at Work or Emergency First Aid at Work qualification, this nationally recognised qualification has been specifically developed to meet the recommendations of the Forestry Commission First Aid at Work Policy.  Ideal for those who work or intend to work in a forestry, agricultural or remote environment, such as tree surgeons and farmers.
2 hour course Certificate valid for 3 years
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First Aid Essentials
Designed for those who have a specific interest or responsibility at work, or in voluntary and community activities, to provide basic first aid in emergency situations.
1 day course Certificate valid for 3 years
Download First Aid Essentials PDF
Basic Life Support for Adults and Children
Designed to equip candidates with the essential skills needed to administer safe, prompt and effective basic life support in an emergency situation.
½ day course Certificate valid for 1 year
Download Basic Life Support for Adults and Children PDF

All the above qualifications are Level 2 according to the RQF1 except for Forestry First Aid +F which is Level 3.

How many First Aiders?

For employers there are no hard and fast rules on the exact numbers of trained first-aiders. You have to create a needs assessment based on type of workplace, number of employees, size, location and work activity. That’s why we’re delighted to introduce our First Aid Requirements Calculator!

Designed to be quick and easy to use, this online assessment tool uses the recently updated HSE regulations to accurately calculate the cover you need in your workplace.

Simply input a few details about your workplace and the calculator will create a clear, printable report of your organisation’s requirements – ideal for demonstrating that you have completed your first aid needs assessment in line with the current legislation.

We’re also more than happy to chat so feel free to give us a call to discuss your requirements.

First Aid calculator and output report

Why Common Sense Training?

Since 2013 the Health and Safety Executive no longer approves first-aid training and qualifications or first-aid training organisations. This offers you more flexibility when choosing a training organisation. However, it also makes it your responsibility to ensure the organisation you select is competent and the qualification of the appropriate quality.

  • We offer Ofqual Regulated Qualifications that are included on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) meaning you’re never compromising on quality when selecting us over more expensive national organisations
  • Our trainers have real world experience working in leisure, education, public services and commerce
  • We ensure that all training contains practical hands-on elements, include real-world examples / scenarios
  • Our training centre is approved by Qualsafe Awards, one of the largest Awarding Organisations in the UK, recognised by Ofqual to offer regulated qualifications
  • Based in Watford we provide training across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Greater London
  • We take a common sense approach to training

Qualsafe Awards Registered Centre Centre Number 0907008

1) QA Level according to the Ofqual’s Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)
Ofqual Regulated Qualifications have level (entry 1 to entry 3 and levels 1 to 8) assigned according to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). According to Ofqual, “the framework should help people understand all the qualifications we regulate, general and vocational in England, and vocational in Northern Ireland, and how they relate to each other. Its intention is to improve consistency around how awarding organisations describe the size and challenge, or demand, of the qualifications they offer.”  (Ofqual blog)
All the first aid qualifications Common Sense Training deliver are either level 2 or level 3 according to the RQF.
2) First Aid at Work (Annual Refresher) is not an Ofqual regulated qualification. However,  the Health and Safety Executive guidelines state that employers should ensure their first aiders remain competent to perform their role? As such, it is strongly recommended that first aiders undertake annual refresher training to practise their skills and update their knowledge on the latest first aid procedures.
3) Paediatric First Aid (Annual Refresher) is not an Ofqual regulated qualification. However, the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework states that early years providers should consider whether paediatric first aiders need to undertake annual refresher training to maintain basic key skills and keep up to date with any changes to paediatric first aid procedures.