PHECC First Aid Response (FAR)

Important notice regarding recertification and COVID-19 from PHECC:
With regards to recertification, PHECC acknowledges that if a Responder’s certification has lapsed, a Recognised Institution (RI) / Approved Training Institution (RTI) may allow a short grace period.

The Education and Standards reference; “a grace period should be restricted to extenuating circumstances”.

PHECC accepts that the current situation is “extenuating circumstances” and a Responder being unable to complete recertification, it is acceptable for the RI/RTI to continue to extend this period until such time that the situation is rescinded.

Such a significant departure from normal standards shall be limited to the duration of the current COVID-19 crisis.

Please see following link to PHECC website where further information regarding extensions to current licences and certification is outlined.
Additional information for PHECC Responders, Registered Practitioners, Recognised Institutions, Approved Training Instructions and Licensed CPG Providers regarding PHECC Covid-19 advisory.

NISO First Aid Response (FAR) training is a three day, PHECC approved course. The PHECC FAR course is recognised by the Health and Safety Authority as the standard for first aid at work and meets the requirements of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations.

Employers are required to have a number of certified Occupational First Aiders in the workplace to administer first aid as required by the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and the (General Application) Regulations 2007.

The number of First Aiders required is specified in the HSA Guidelines on First Aid at Places of Work.


  • To provide the participants with the necessary skills to administer effective first aid in the workplace;
  • To deal with emergencies;
  • To assess and treat injuries;
  • To maintain care and comfort of the casualty until medical treatment can be provided;
  • To comply with Occupational Health and Safety legislation.

Who should attend?
Persons who want to qualify as first aid responders for their workplace. 

Course Content

  • Patient Assessment
  • Incident Procedures
  • Cardiac First Response (CPR & AED, Choking and Stroke)
  • Common Medical Emergencies (Asthma, Diabetes, Seizures, Poisoning and Fainting)
  • Injury Management and Shock (Bleeding, Bone Injuries, Sprains, Strains and Dislocations, Shock)
  • Care of the Unconscious Patient
  • Burns and Electrical Injury Care
  • Hypothermia and Hyperthermia
  • Information Management and Communications
  • The Well-Being of the First Aid Responder

This course is highly interactive.
Theory is followed by skill demonstrations and practical application by participants.

A good working knowledge of English, both written and oral.

Multiple Choice Questionnaire and Skills Demonstration.

Course Certification / Validation
A PHECC FAR certificate is issued to all successful participants which is valid for two years. A two-day refresher course must be attended within this period to keep the certificate valid. 

Course Duration
3 Days

Instructor Qualifications
All our instructors are highly qualified and experienced health and safety professionals and training instructors. 

To book your place, please select the course you are interested in:

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We pride ourselves on training health and safety professionals who contribute to make Irish workplaces safer everyday.

First Aid Response is a 3 day course that starts at 9.30am and finishes at 4.30pm.