First Aid At Work (FAW) Refresher Training

First Aid at Work (FAW) Refresher
£25 +VAT

This First Aid at Work (FAW) Refresher course refreshes the knowledge of qualified first aiders each year, which is the recommended interval for refresher training to keep their understanding up to date in between required practical training sessions, so they can continue to deliver life-saving first aid. The course covers all the fundamental information needed to help first aiders fulfil their role, including primary and secondary surveys, full body examinations, the recovery position, administering CPR, using an AED, treating injuries, illnesses, and health conditions, and delivering first aid during COVID-19.

On completion of this course, your first aid knowledge will be refreshed in all these essential topics, enabling you to provide first aid to casualties in a range of situations, so you can continue fulfilling your role confidently and safely.

  • Developed by qualified first aid professionals
  • Accredited by CPD and IIRSM
  • Fully online course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 4 hours
  • On completion, certificate is posted the next working day

COVID-19 and First Aid

This course includes a COVID-19 specific module at the end that explains how to safely deliver first aid during the pandemic, so both the first aider and the casualty are protected from infection risks. This additional content has been developed in line with guidance published by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), and Resuscitation Council UK, together with qualified first aid and healthcare professionals. Having this knowledge will help you to feel confident in assessing COVID-19 risks in an emergency and safely providing the necessary first aid treatment.

Who should take this course?

This online First Aid at Work (FAW) Refresher course is our most suitable first aid training in the following scenarios:

  • If you have in-date first aid qualifications requiring annual refresher training.
  • If your risk assessment has identified your workplace has low level hazards but you employ more than 50 people.
  • If your risk assessment has identified your workplace has high level hazards and serious injuries are possible.

If you do not have an in-date first aid qualification but require training for a workplace with low level hazards then our Workplace First Aid Course will be more suitable.

This course is only designed for treating adult casualties, so if you need training for administering first aid to infants and children, you should take our Paediatric First Aid course.

Which First Aid course is right for me?

I have no First Aid qualifications and need an introduction to First Aid

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From your risk assessment, what level of hazards are associated with your work activities?
Training course:


Examples include: offices, shops, libraries

I have an in-date First Aid qualification and need an Annual Refresher

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From your risk assessment, what level of hazards are associated with your work activities?
How many employees do you have?
Training course:


Examples include: offices, shops, libraries


More than 50

Higher level hazards

Examples include: light engineering and assembly work, food processing, warehousing, extensive work with dangerous machinery or sharp instruments, construction, chemical manufacture


More than 50

Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) Refresher


First Aid at Work (FAW) Refresher

Depending on the type of injuries that might occur. See the difference between these courses below.

EFAW Refresher and FAW Refresher courses cover:

  • The role of the first aider, including reference to the importance of preventing cross-infection, the need for recording incidents and actions and use of available equipment;
  • Assessing the situation and circumstances in order to act safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency;
  • Administering first aid to a casualty who is unconscious (including seizure);
  • Administering cardiopulminary resuscitation (CPR) and using an automated external defibrillator (AED);
  • Administering first aid to a casualty who is choking;
  • Administering first aid to a casualty who is wounded and bleeding;
  • Administering first aid to a casualty who is suffering from shock.

Differences between EFAW Refresher and FAW Refresher courses:

Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) Refresher

EFAW Refresher covers how to provide appropriate first aid for minor injuries (including small cuts, grazes, bruises, minor burns and scalds, small splinters)

First Aid at Work (FAW) Refresher

FAW Refresher covers how to administer first aid to a casualty with injuries to bones, muscles and joints, including suspected spinal injuries, chest injuries, burns and scalds, eye injuries, sudden poisoning, anaphylactic shock, as well as how to recognise the presence of major illness (including heart attack, stroke, epilepsy, asthma, diabetes) and provide appropriate first aid.

Does this course allow me to become a qualified First-Aider?

This course does not make you a qualified first aider. Rather, it is designed to refresh qualified first aiders' knowledge in between their practical training. Refresher training is recommended once a year and practical training is required every three years. This course is not a substitute for practical training. 

If you are looking for training to become a qualified first aider, you must receive practical training that involves at least 18 contact hours. Guidance on choosing a provider for this can be found online:


CPD Approved
IIRSM Approved

All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to universally accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

Additionally, this course has been independently recognised by the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management as meeting the standards of its Training Approval Scheme.

On successful completion of the course you will be sent a quality assured certificate through the post the next working day. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit. 

This certificate does not have an expiry date. However, based on industry best practice guidelines, the recommended renewal period for this training is 1 year. We will print this recommended renewal date on your certificate.

Skills for Health Quality Mark Digital

High Speed Training was the very first training provider to be awarded the prestigious Skills for Health Quality Mark Digital. Skills for Health is the UK’s Sector Skills Council for Health, responsible for informing national policy, maintaining the Core Skills Training Framework (CSTF) and championing the entire UK healthcare workforce.

The Skills for Health Quality Mark Digital demonstrates exceptional, quality assured learning and development. Meaning that our training processes have met rigorous quality assurance assessment and nationally recognised expectations of the UK health sector.

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Course content

1Introduction to First Aid at Work (FAW)

What is first aid, first aid during COVID-19, key annual statistics, the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981, medical assistance, first aid kit, the importance of infection prevention, hand hygiene, handwashing procedure, personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning after delivering first aid, waste disposal after giving first aid, record keeping, and the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR).

2The Primary and Secondary Surveys

The primary survey (DRABC), step 1: danger, step 2: response, step 3: airway, step 4: breathing, step 5: circulation, primary survey example scenario, the secondary survey, and full body examination.

3The Recovery Position and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Unconscious casualties, the recovery position, cardiac arrest, administering CPR, further considerations for CPR, and defibrillators (AEDs).

4Treating Injuries: Part One

Choking, wounds and bleeding, applying bandages, shock, burns and scalds, electrical burns, and chemical burns.

5Treating Injuries: Part Two

Eye injuries, head injuries, fractures, sprains and strains, dislocations, making an arm sling, and spinal injuries.

6Illnesses and Health Conditions

Heart attacks, angina attacks, strokes, epilepsy, asthma, allergic reactions and anaphylaxis, diabetes, hyperventilation, nosebleeds, poisoning, and drowning.

7First Aid During COVID-19

The COVID-19 virus, how is COVID-19 transmitted, employer duties for first aid and COVID-19, first aid training and COVID-19, delivering first aid during COVID-19, wearing PPE for first aid during COVID-19, how to correctly use gloves, how to correctly use face masks, how to correctly use aprons, how to correctly use eye protection, primary and secondary surveys during COVID-19, performing CPR during COVID-19, treating injuries and illnesses during COVID-19, cleaning after first aid during COVID-19, safely disposing of PPE and waste after first aid, and seeking advice if in close contact with casualties.

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Aims of the course

By the end of this course, you will have a refreshed knowledge of:

  • Workplace first aid regulations.
  • The importance of infection prevention.
  • The importance of record keeping and the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR).
  • How to conduct primary and secondary surveys of casualties.
  • How to put casualties into the recovery position.
  • How to administer CPR to casualties.
  • How to respond to and treat choking, wounds, bleeding and shock.
  • How to respond to and treat burns, eye and head injuries, fractures, sprains and strains, dislocations and spinal injuries.
  • How to administer care to casualties suffering from heart and angina attacks, strokes, epilepsy, asthma, allergic reactions, diabetic emergencies, hyperventilation, nosebleeds, poisoning and drowning.
  • How to administer first aid during the COVID-19 pandemic and the extra precautions that are required, including personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning.


The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 30 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked automatically so you will instantly know whether you have passed. If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.

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