Level 3 Award in 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Please note: this qualification will be withdrawn on 28 April 2017.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.


With an established reputation in awarding Emergency First Aid at Work and Paediatric First Aid qualifications, the CIEH has played a leading role in the development of the units of assessment that form the basis of the new generation of first aid qualifications.

The CIEH Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work is a two-unit, three-day course that will enable successful candidates to act as a first aider in their workplace.

  • Unit 1: Emergency First aid in the Workplace
  • Unit 2: Recognition and Management of Illness and Injury 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?

This qualification will enable employers to satisfy the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 regulations that apply to all workplaces, including those with five or fewer employees, and to the self-employed.

Learning outcomes

The learner will understand the roles and responsibilities of a first aider to be able:

  • to assess an incident
  • to manage an unresponsive casualty who is both breathing/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
  • conduct a secondary survey

The learner will learn how to administer first aid to a casualty with:

  • injuries to bones, joints and muscles
  • suspected head and spinal injuries
  • chest injuries
  • burns and scalds
  • eye injuries
  • sudden poisoning
  • anaphylaxis
  • suspected major illnesses

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  Qualification Specification  


Duration  Duration  Three-day programme
Assessment  Assessment  Practical assessment plus activities and exam
Prerequisite  Prerequisite   None
Suggested Progression  Suggested Progression  Requalification mandatory every three years
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