First Aid Training

1st June 2017

Statement of the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) in relation to transition to Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) First Aid Response Education and Training Standard

Following on from previous communications, the HSA is now in a position to announce that as and from 1 September 2017, it will only recognise the PHECC First Aid Response Education and Training Standard (FAR) as meeting the needs of occupational first aid (OFA) in all workplaces.

Occupational First Aiders

The HSA will recognize training and assessment relating to QQI’s Level 5 OFA (5N1207) that took place up to 31 August 2017. That recognition will be for a 2 year period. (Please note that it is possible that the QQI component certificate could be dated post 31 August 2017 e.g. October or December 2017).

Refresher certificates issued by recognised training providers up to 31 August 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.


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

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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