First Aid Qualifications

Awarding Organisation for Accredited Qualifications, AOFAQ offer a wide range of qualifications in regulatory, permit to work and general life saving skills

AOFAQ is the recognised awarding arm of the Association of First Aiders, UK's largest first aid association, endorsed by the HSE and other leading organisations.

In times of change where standards in first aid are unregulated and the need for employers to comply with statutory requirements paramount, AOFAQ's relationship with the Association of First Aiders gives AOFAQ qualifications a credibility that is second to none. Centres offering AOFAQ first aid qualifications are authorised to display the Association of First Aiders' logo, enhancing credibility to Centres and more importantly giving confidence to clients.

AOFAQ's range of first aid qualifications are regulated by Ofqual, the Government's office for qualifications. These are Regulated Qualifications and are recognised by Ofqual, CEA and Qualification Wales in England, Northern Ireland and Wales and are also awarded in Scotland and throughout the world.

The First Aid Awarding Organisation Forum (FAAOF) is made up of a group of 36 awarding organisations, that offer qualifications through Ofqual, SQA, Qualifications Wales and CCEA (Northern Ireland).

The group was formed in response to regulatory requirements for Awarding Organisations/Bodies to standardise on quality assurance.

Member awarding organisations work collaboratively to write and maintain First Aid qualifications, such as:

  • First Aid at Work (FAW)
  • Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW)
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation
  • Medical Gases
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Emergency Paediatric First Aid

Each member awarding organisation signs-up to agree to abide by the terms of reference and assessment principles. These documents deal with training, assessment, evidence and quality assurance, including the Roles and responsibilities of those involved in the training, assessment and quality assurance processes as well as Assessment and sources of evidence.

AOFAQ has signed up to say that it will abide by the terms of reference and assessment principles of the FAAOF, and as such will ensure that all of its qualifications comply fully with the requirements set out in them.

The documents have been provided here for ease of reference, and may answer a number of your queries relating to first aid delivery.

First Aid and Associated Qualifications

AoFAQ Level 2 Award in Basic Life Support and Anaphylaxis (RQF)

Level 2 Award in Basic Life Support and the Safe Use of an Automated External Defibrilltor (RQF)

Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF)

AoFAQ Level 3 First Aid at Work (RQF)

Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (RQF)

Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF)

Level 3 Award in Outdoor First Aid (RQF)


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