Course Award:

QQI Level 5 certificate valid for 2 years

Course Duration:

3 days

Course Participants:

Group training. Maximum: 10 participants

Course Prerequisites:

Leaving certificate or equivalent qualifications,
and/or relevant life and work experiences.
and/or QQI Level 4 Certificate

Course Aim:

The module is designed to provide the learner with the knowledge, practical skills and understanding required to provide and coordinate first aid in the workplace in compliance with the requirements of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 and the associated Guide to these Regulations.

Course Programme:

  • First Aid in the workplace
  • Patient assessment
  • Respiratory emergencies
  • Cardiac first response
  • Wounds and bleeding
  • Altered levels of consciousness
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Burns and scalds, chemicals, electric shock



2 x Summary Skills Demonstrations – 70%

Basic Life Saving Skills – 40%


Candidates will be assessed in the following basic life saving skills

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) / Automated External Defibrillator (AED)



Other Occupational First Aid Skills – 30 %

Candidates will be assessed in 2 of the following skill areas:

  • Patient assessment
  • Respiratory emergencies
  • Wounds
  • Bleeding
  • Shock
  • Altered levels of consciousness
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Burns and scalds
  • Electric shock



Examination – 30 %

The assessor will devise a theory based examination that assesses candidates ability to recall and apply theory and understand, requiring responses to a range of short answer questions. These questions may be answered in different media e.g. in writing or orally.

The examination will be 45 minutes in duration

The format of the examination will be as follows:

22 short answer questions. Candidates are required to answer 20 (1.5 mark each)

An OFA Instructor recognized by the Health and Safety Authority will act as the internal assessor and assess candidates.


Pass 50 – 64 %

Merit 65 – 79 %

Distinction 80 – 100 %