Half-day annual first aid update – Do I need this ?

If you have attended either the Emergency First Aid at Work (1-day) or First Aid at Work (3-day) course you are qualified for three years.  Your certificate is valid for the whole of this period, whether or not you undertake any additional training.

However you have the option of taking the half-day annual First Aid at Work update course during this period, this is not compulsory but has been created by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) in order to give First Aiders the chance to brush up their skills and ensure that they are always ready to act if needed.  There is no exam or test on the course.

So strictly speaking there is no law or regulation requiring you to take the annual first aid update course, but you might wish to attend in order to keep your skills fresh.

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