First Aid at Work Course +F (FAW+F) (face2face)


The First Aid at Work +F course, or FAW+F as it’s also known, is aimed those looking to undertake the role of workplace first aider in high risk environments on Forestry England (aka Forestry Commission) land.

If you’re involved in high risk activities (e.g. tree surgery, civil engineering, etc) you should attend this 3 day version of the course, not the 1 day emergency first aid at work +F course.

We offer this course in a number of different formats:

The choice is yours!

Not sure if this course is right for you? Read our FAQ page.



First Aid at Work +F (FAW+F) Face2face

The First Aid at Work +F course, or FAW+F as it’s also known, is aimed those looking to undertake the role of first aider in the workplace in high risk environments on Forestry Commission land. The course provides you with the knowledge & skills required to be a first aider at work, as outlined in the Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981.

This qualification goes beyond the level of teaching in a normal First Aid at Work course, covering the specific additional elements required by the Forestry Commission in their first aid policy, with regards to their “Core operations” of “harvesting, civil engineering, mechanised ground preparation, planting, fencing, pesticides application, forest nursery activities, or similar.”

This course is ideal for:

  • Forest workers,
  • Tree surgeons,
  • Civil engineering contractors,
  • Land surveyors,
  • Estate workers,
  • Fencing contractors,
  • Farmers
  • Hauliers,
  • Rangers,
  • Ecologists
  • Those undertaking site visits in remote areas of Forestry Commission property

We run the First aid at work +F course as either fully face to face or blended learning (part online, part face to face). Both routes can lead to an Ofqual accredited certificate (issued by Qualifications Network UK), or certified by ourselves. Both certificates are equally valid in terms of insurance. The main differences are in the exams & cost involved in the Ofqual accredited certificate. Aside from that you wouldn’t notice any difference in the course content or practical assessment.

Tree surgeon working from a harness in a tree in winter (FAW+F)

Course syllabus includes:

  • Health & Safety legislation with regards to first aid
  • Understanding the role & responsibility of the first-aider, including:
    • managing incidents
    • gathering & using available equipment
    • the importance of preventing cross infection
    • the need for recording incidents and actions
  • First aid kits & their contents
  • How to assess an emergency situation in order to act safely, promptly and effectively
  • Recognising & administering first aid to a casualty who is/has;
    • unresponsive & breathing normally (recovery position)
    • unresponsive & not breathing normally (CPR & use of Defibrillator)
    • the difference between a heart attack and a cardiac arrest
    • choking
    • wounded and bleeding
    • small cuts, grazes and bruises
    • small splinters
    • minor burns and scalds
    • having a seizure
    • suffering medical shock
    • injuries to eyes, bones, muscles, joints & chest
    • suspected head or spinal injuries
    • sudden poisoning
    • having a heart attack, seizure or a stroke
    • asthma
    • diabetes
    • electric shock
    • suffering the effects of extreme heat or cold
  • Forestry Commission syllabus elements, including;
    • haemostatic dressing & tourniquets
    • bites & stings
    • Lyme’s disease
    • sudden poisoning
    • anaphylactic shock
    • hypothermia
    • crush injuries
    • suspension trauma


There are two options available for the First aid at work +F course. Ultimately there is no difference in the validity of either, but some people prefer to choose one other the other. You will see the same presentation, be assessed on the same practical skills & to the same degree, but only sit a multiple choice exam paper with the Ofqual Accredited course.

  • Certified by Chris Garland Training:
    • This is the default option.
    • PDF format certificates are issued as standard, but paper certificates can be requested as well.
    • Your certificate is valid for 3 years.
  • Certified by the Ofqual Regulated Awarding Organisation:
    • If you’d prefer this option, please select this option when making your booking above.
    • Paper certificate & credit card sized plastic certificates are issued.
    • Your certificate is valid for 3 years.

Course duration:

  • 20 guided learning hours with your instructor/assessor, plus a further 4 hours self study.
  • Generally we run the First aid at work +F course from 9am until 6pm over three consecutive days.
  • Typically 20 hours of guided learning time with your instructor/assessor. This includes the time allowed for the assessments and exam, but does not include for lunch/coffee breaks.
    • The HSE state that for the course to be a valid first aid at work course, it must be a minimum of 18 hours in duration.
    • To expand the course to cover the additional elements required by the Forestry England takes another 2 hours.


  • Certified by Chris Garland Training:
    • Each candidate will undertake a practical assessment. You’ll need to demonstrate giving first aid as you would in an emergency situation, such as providing CPR on the floor. You need to score 100% to achieve a pass.
  • Certified by the Ofqual Regulated Awarding Organisation:
    • Each candidate will undertake a multiple-choice question paper & practical assessment.
    • Multiple-Choice Question paper:
      • You need to score a minimum of 70% correct answers to achieve a pass.
    • Practical observation:
      • You’ll need to demonstrate giving first aid as you would in an emergency situation, such as providing CPR on the floor. You need to score 100% to achieve a pass.


  • Attendees will be required to demonstrate first aid procedures as they would in a real activity environment. This includes providing CPR to a casualty who is on the floor, therefore you must be physically capable of doing so.
  • We recommend that you have a minimum of GCSE grade D/Level 1 literacy and numeracy (or equivalent) before undertaking this course. This is not mandatory – please contact us to discuss any reasonable adjustments to accommodate your needs (e.g Dyslexia).
  • The course is aimed at those over 16 who are looking to undertake the responsibilities associated with being a nominated first aider. The course can also be undertaken by candidates between 14 & 16 years old, but they shouldn’t be relied upon by employers to be a sole, nominated first aider.


  • All courses have a minimum and maximum number of candidates that we can take on a course.
    • Minimum: We need a minimum of 4 candidates booked on an open/scheduled course for the course to run. Click here for more details.
    • Maximum: We are limited by the Health & Safety Executive, and where applicable by the Awarding Organisation, to a maximum of 12 candidates per instructor. Should you have more than 12 candidates that need to be trained, please contact us to arrange a private course, where by negotiation, we can arrange for a second instructor/assessor to be present to comply with this restriction.

Geographical coverage:

  • The First aid at work +F course is available to candidates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • We can deliver it in other countries, but the protocols that we teach meet the current UK practice, protocols & guidance.


  • Scheduled courses run at our training centre in Knutsford, Cheshire. Visit our Joining Instructions page to read about what you will need to bring/wear, etc.

Joining instructions:

Private courses:

  • To arrange a private course for yourself or your colleagues, please fill in our Quote Builder tool.


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