First Aid Training

6th Statement of the HSA in relation to transition to Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) First Aid Response (FAR) Education and Training Standard

31st August 2017

In the previous statement of 1st June 2017, the HSA announced its intention that as and from 1st September 2017, it would only recognise the PHECC FAR standard as meeting the needs of occupational first aid (OFA) in workplaces.

Considerable progress for the transition has been achieved over the past 10 months. There is a substantial number of new FAR instructors, made up of existing OFA instructors who transitioned to FAR status by means of recognition of prior learning (RPL) and successful candidates who completed the FAR instructor course.  Twenty nine PHECC Recognised Institutions (RIs) are approved to deliver FAR, including 11 at FAR instructor level.  PHECC is continuing to process applications for RI status and FAR course(s) approval.

Employer groups and other stakeholders have expressed concerns to the HSA and PHECC about aspects of the FAR Education and Training Standard, when compared to Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) 5N1207 Occupational First Aid standard. The HSA has been informed by PHECC that its governance procedures regarding education and standards matters have prioritised the review of FAR for 2017.

Taking account of these concerns, the HSA has agreed that dual recognition of QQI 5N1207 and PHECC FAR will continue for a further period of 4 months, up to 31st December 2017. Thereafter the HSA will only recognise PHECC FAR.

Occupational First Aiders

The HSA will recognize training and assessment relating to QQI’s Level 5 OFA (5N1207) that took place up to 31 December 2017. That recognition will be for a 2 year period.

Refresher certificates issued by recognised training providers up to 31 December 2017 will also be recognised by the HSA for a 2 year period. Thereafter existing occupational first aiders can apply to have their qualifications individually assessed by a participating PHECC recognised institution (RI) in accordance with the RI’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy and procedures.

If you are starting an Occupational First Aid or in the middle of completing one before the 31st December, your cert will still be recognised by HSA for 2 years.

Paediatric First Aid remains the same for all other staff, however it is recommended for large services that several of the staff have the FAR certification. As you know there needs to be one person onsite at all times with Occupational First Aid (FAR).


IMPORTANT: WCCC does not offer First Aid training directly and cannot hold responsibility for the quality or certification of courses run by other organisations. This page is provided for information purposes only.

To book on any of the courses organised by the Providers below, please contact the organisation running the course directly, as WCCC will not be able to book you onto any of the courses listed.


Childminding Ireland

Contact:  01 287 84 66 or email

Bryan Higgins First Aid Services

Contact: 0879489709

Canavan & Byrne

Contact: 01-6235908 email:

Contact Leonard Doyle on 089-4128681 or email

Early Childhood Ireland

Contact: (01) 4057100 or email:

Early Years First Aid

Contact: 059 9162924 / 085 8393441 or email:





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