First Aid Response (FAR)


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Course Description

The 3-day (18 hours) FAR course replaces the former Occupational First Aid (OFA) course. It is the recognised by the Health & Safety Authority of Ireland (HSA) as meeting the requirements of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 (S.I.No. 299 of 2007).

Key concepts covered include:

  • Scene and patient assessment
  • First Aid in the workplace
  • Recognising and treat choking
  • How to perform CPR and how to use an AED (defibrillator)
  • Recognising and treating stroke and heart attack
  • Treatment of crush injuries, fractures, spinal injuries, sprains and strains
  • Treatment for shock and poisoning
  • How to treat and bandage wounds and other injuries
  • Recognising and treating concussion and compression
  • How to recognise and treat hypothermia and hyperthermia
  • How to treat electric shock and chemical burns

Training Methods:

This course is classroom based, delivered by a combination of theory lessons, practical skills and practice sessions. The CFR part of the course takes about 4-5 hours and is DVD led. The assessment will be skills based and a multiple-choice exam is designed to reinforce the knowledge and skills learnt on the course.

Who Should Attend?

This course is specifically designed for those staff or individuals with an interest in becoming a qualified First-Aider.


Course participants may have their skills formally assessed throughout, or at the end of the course. The timing of this is at the discretion of the instructor. However, both formative and summative assessments should be utilised in course delivery. Skill assessment sheets are developed and published by PHECC. They are available for viewing on the PHECC website. PHECC Home ( The Responder Level Examination Handout for Recognised Institutions (PUB034) should be utilised. The mandatory components are:
a) Assessment using the PHECC’s CFR Community skill assessment sheet and the First Aid Response skills assessment sheets.
b) A 30-minute, 20 question MCQ written exam; the pass mark is 60%.

Additional Information:

  • Maximum of 8 learners
  • Course duration: 3 Days
  • Successful course participants will receive a  jointly awarded RECFIRSTAID LTD / PHECC First Aid Response card/certificate which is vaild for 2 years. 


Recertification in First Aid Response is required every 2 years. The duration of the First Aid Response recertification course incorporating the CFR Community standard shall be no less than 12 contact hours including assessment (excluding breaks; averaging 6 hours instruction per day).