For those of you working in adult workplaces, you will recall from an earlier blog that the HSE announced a further extension to Emergency First Aid and First Aid at Work qualifications that expired on/after 16 March 2020 to 30 September 2020. This is excellent news as currently the advice for the First Aid Industry is that we should not be delivering training if at all possible until the Covid-19 threat level is reduced to Level 3. Full details here: https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/first-aid-and-medicals/first-aid-certificate-coronavirus.htm .

 

The Department for Education has issued the following guidance:  Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak (updated 5 June 2020) and the relevant section detailing the same length of extension is:

8.6 What happends if staff need to renew their paediatric first aid (PFA) certificates?

If PFA certificate requalification training is prevented for reasons associated directly with coronavirus (COVID-19), or by complying with related government advice, the validity of current certificates can be extended by up to 3 months. This applies to certificates expiring on or after 16 March 2020. If, exceptionally requalification training is still unavailable, a further extension is possible to no later than 30 September 2020. If asked to do so, providers should be able to explain why the first aider hasn’t been able to requalify and demonstrate what steps have taken to access the training. Employers or certificate holders must do their best to arrange requalification training at the earliest opportunity.

 

If you have been in touch with us and attempted to book onto a course and been told that we are not currently permitted under government guidelines to deliver training until the Covid-19 threat level has reached level 3, then you are able to demonstrate why you were not able to requalify. Currently all First Aid Training providers including St John's and Red Cross along with ourselves are in the same situation, so you will struggle to find accredated courses at this time.

Courses which are 100% online do not meet the criteria for EFAW, FAW or PFA certification with HSE or Ofqual endorsement as practical assessment must take place; however with the relatively recent introduction of blended learning you may find that a mixture of classroom and other learning such as online traning it is possible moving forward to achieve the same qualifcation without the full time spent in a classroom environment (for more information see our Blog article When will we be able to start delivering First Aid Training courses again?). Practical assessment must however take place face-to-face.

 

Written by Helen Underwood

12 June 2020

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