First aid for appointed persons

Who is it for?

Suitable for people 18 years and over, this course is designed for staff who work in lower risk environments, have a small number of staff, or where HSE guidelines indicate a first aider is not necessary. Training to qualify as an accredited first aider is available on the first aid at work or emergency first aid at work course.

Please note, if you have staff members with asthma, allergies, diabetes or a heart condition – and these are detailed in your risk assessment – the HSE recommends that you consider completing the three day first aid at work course. This is because these conditions are no longer covered in the first aid for appointed persons or emergency first aid at work course.


1/2 day


AM or PM

Course content includes:

  • welcome and introduction
  • health and safety introduction
  • aims of first aid
  • role and responsibility as a first aider
  • management of a first aid incident
  • primary survey (initial care of conscious and unconscious casualty)
  • recovery position
  • cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • secondary survey
  • monitoring the casualty
  • course review.


First aid for appointed persons certificate, valid for 3 years. We recommend refreshing your skills every 12 months.


Candidates must be physically able to carry out the procedures detailed in the course outline and must attend all sessions to be eligible for assessment.


For more information on this course please call 0844 871 8000.

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