Forest School First Aid

(8 customer reviews)


Don’t let the name put you off – this is the most in-depth first aid course that we offer which is why it takes over 20 hours to complete! Have a look at the video below for further information. This course is ideal for outdoor instructors of every background, including Beach School Leaders & is compliant with the IOL’s level 4 course requirements.

Not sure if this course is right for you? Read our FAQ page which we’ve written to help you decide which course is right for you.



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:

  • 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
  • Considering environmental factors in outdoor first aid
  • First aid kits & their contents
  • Managing an unresponsive casualty when assistance is up to 2 hours away
  • When and how to remove outdoor activity equipment
  • When and how to move a casualty
  • How to assess an emergency situation in order to act safely, promptly and effectively
  • Recognising & administering first aid, including primary and secondary surveys, to infant, child or adult casualty who is/has;
    • unresponsive & breathing normally (recovery position)
    • unresponsive & not breathing normally (CPR & use of Defibrillator)
    • modifications to CPR for those who’ve drowned, been caught in an avalanche or hit by lightning strike
    • 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
    • has been immersed in water
    • injuries to eyes, bones, muscles, joints, chest, abdomen and pelvis
    • suspected head or spinal injuries
    • small cuts, grazes and bruises
    • bites & stings
    • have Lyme’s disease
    • suffering from sudden poisoning
    • having a heart attack
    • having a a stroke
    • asthma
    • diabetes
    • suffering anaphylactic or hypovolaemic shock
    • had an electric shock
    • suffering the effects of extreme heat or cold
    • foreign bodies in the ears, eyes or nose
    • sudden poisoning
    • 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.

Course duration:

  • 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.

Geographical coverage:

  • 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.

Joining instructions:

Private courses:

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


Forest School First Aid

8 reviews for Forest School First Aid

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  1. Marilyn Wadkin (verified owner)

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    The best First Aid Training I’ve ever done. It covered a lot of things and was relaxed and fun. It showed how poor other training has been in comparison. I would recommend training with Chris to anyone.

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    • Chris Garland

      Thanks Marilyn! You’d be amazed (or probably not) at how many others have said the same when they’ve undertaken the same course!

  2. Anonymous (verified owner)

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    Chris Garland’s wealth of experience shone through this extensive and detailed course. He offered practical advice and was open to all questions no matter how “silly” they may have seemed. Overall, I came away feeling much more confident and competent in my own ability to deliver first aid.

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    • Chris Garland

      Thanks Carol. As I mentioned, there are never silly questions when it comes to learning something as, occasionally, we need to “un-learn” things. I’m really glad that you enjoyed the course. Chris

  3. Anonymous (verified owner)

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    Excellent training

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  4. Ali (verified owner)

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    Very informative, ready for first aid now in the mountains.

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  5. Bridget H. (verified owner)

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    Covered the unique elements to dealing with first aid in the outdoor setting without making them seem insurmountable. Confidence inspiring.

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  6. Alex Thompson (verified owner)

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    Some staff commented that they would’ve preferred more guidance, particularly around the test. They were told not to worry about it but really had they have known how in-depth it was they would’ve revised more.

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    • ChrisGarland (store manager)

      Thanks for your feedback Alex. As the course you’re referring to was run over two consecutive days I’d be interested to know more about how they felt as the subject matters covered in the course should have been fresh in their memory’s. Can I email you directly to get some more feedback please?

  7. ChrisGarland (store manager)

    Recent reviews collected directly after the course:
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Intense yet effective”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Loved this course – best course so far. Brilliant!”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Excellent! Very thorough. Most informative one I’ve attended to date”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Great! Very helpful”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Very effective. Really good course. Friendly delivery. Lots to take in.”

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  8. ChrisGarland (store manager)

    Recent reviews collected directly after the course:
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Informative, engaging, useful.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Lots of great information. Lots of content that covered the syllabus of outdoor first aid, paediatric first aid & forest school first aid.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “A “must have” if you’re working outdoors!”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Comprehensive, practical, accessible, worthwhile. I really enjoyed the practical scenarios. Thanks for the comprehensive, professional course you run Chris. Will definitely recommend and use your services again!”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Amazing! I’ve seen an learnt so many new things! Covered EVERYTHING!! Surely!!! Like you say, running this course over three days is much better than two. I would definitely recommend this to a friend as super informative, led by a clear expert in his field. Supportive, friendly leader & covered so much content. I really enjoyed the last three days, so than you very much. You made the atmosphere very relaxed – and the time whizzed by!!!”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Content & delivery is fantastic. Covid restrictions limited practice, but if completing this course in the future, I would like to do more. I thought it was very thorough. A great instructor who is nor afraid to answer (and encourage) questions.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “You couldn’t improve this course! Really, really informative. Not your average first aid course where you watch a PowerPoint and feel as though you fall asleep. You really feel as though you are learning throughout the course. The practical elements & materials have been really helpful – looking at different equipment, bandages, epipens, etc. Have come away feeling confident about first aid in my forest school setting & in general. Thanks Chris!! :)”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Intense, but totally worth it! Sooo much to learn. Thank you!”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Useful and informative.”

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