Forest School First Aid Course
Our Forest School First Aid course is an Ofqual accredited qualification. It’s specifically designed for leaders and assistants who are to be relied upon as first aiders during forest school, beach school, etc, sessions. It provides the knowledge and skills for the leaders and assistants to act as first aiders when help is up to 2 hours away.
Course syllabus includes:
- Understanding the role of the forest school first-aider, including reference to:
- the importance of preventing cross infection
- the need for recording incidents and actions
- use of available equipment
- Considering environmental factors in outdoor first aid
- Managing an unresponsive casualty when assistance is up to 2 hours away
- When & how to move a casualty
- Assessing the situation and circumstances in order to act safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency
- Recognise & administer first aid, including primary and secondary surveys, to an infant, child or adult casualty who is/has;
- unresponsive & breathing normally
- unresponsive & not breathing normally, whether the result of drowning, avalanche or lightning strike
- wounded and bleeding
- injuries to eyes, bones, muscles, joints, chest, abdomen and pelvis
- suspected head or spinal injuries
- small cuts, grazes & bruises
- small splinters
- minor burns and scalds
- bites & stings
- foreign bodies in the ears, eyes or nose
- sudden poisoning
- having a heart attack, stroke, seizure or an asthma attack
- suffering complications due to diabetes, anaphylaxis or medical shock
- an electric shock
- suffering the effects of extreme heat or cold
- has been immersed in water
- having febrile convulsions
- suffering from meningitis
There are two options available for this 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 sit different multiple choice exam papers at the end of the course.
- Certified by Chris Garland Training:
- This is the default option and is certified by ourselves.
- 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:
- QNUK Level 3 Award in Forest School First Aid at Work (RQF)
- In addition to this, you will also be able to purchase the following certificates, should you or your employer require them*;
- QNUK Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF) – this is the 6 hour course
- QNUK Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF) – this is the 12 hour course
- QNUK Level 3 Award in Outdoor First Aid (RQF) – aka the 16 hour outdoor first aid course
- 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.
- A minimum of 20 guided learning hours with a further 4 hours self study.
- Generally we run these courses from 9am until 5pm over three days.
- We do occasionally run the course over two 10 hour days (9am-7pm) but experience has shown that this is detrimental to your learning of the subject matter.
- Whether certified by Chris Garland Training or the Ofqual Regulated Awarding Organisation that we use, the assessments are the basically the same. Each candidate undertakes 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.
- You’ll need to demonstrate first aid procedures as you 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 C/Level 2 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.
- This course is for those over 16 who are looking to become a nominated first aider in an outdoor setting. 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.
- This qualification is available to candidates across the UK & abroad, however the content was developed in accordance with 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.
- Why not arrange to have a private face to face course run at your workplace? Simply fill in our quote builder tool to request a quotation.
- To arrange a private course for yourself or your colleagues, please fill in our Quote Builder tool.