CIEH Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work

Please note: this qualification will be withdrawn on 28 April 2017.

More information can be found on the Voluntary Surrender of Recognition page.


When you register as a centre or trainer to deliver the CIEH Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work you will be automatically registered for the new CIEH Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work at no extra cost.

The CIEH Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work may be more suitable for lower-risk work environments, such as offices and shops and/or organisations with fewer than 100 employees. For regulatory purposes, successfully completing the CIEH Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work will enable the candidate to act as a first aider in the workplace.

Who needs this qualification?

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to enable first aid to be given to employees if they are injured or become ill at work. These regulations apply to all workplaces, including those with five or fewer employees, and to the self-employed.

How much first aid provision an employer has to make depends on the circumstances of each workplace.

Why is this training important?

In assessing their needs, employers should consider the nature of the work and workplace hazards and risks, the size of the organisation and the nature of the workforce, the organisation’s record of accidents and ill health and the overall working arrangements.

If, having assessed first aid needs, an employer decides to appoint first aiders, the first aiders must have a valid certificate of competence.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the qualification, the learner will understand the role and responsibilities of a first aider and be able to:

  • assess an incident
  • manage an unresponsive casualty who is breathing normally and not breathing normally
  • recognise and assist a casualty who is choking
  • manage a casualty with external bleeding
  • manage a casualty who is in shock
  • manage a casualty with a minor injury

Useful links for trainers and centres

  Qualification Specification  
  Good Practice Guide - at a glance  
  Trainers' Notes Manual - at a glance 


Duration  Duration  One-day programme
Assessment  Assessment  Practical assessment plus multiple-choice exam
Prerequisite  Prerequisite   None
Suggested Progression  Suggested Progression  Requalification is mandatory every three years
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