This Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) First Aid Responder course is designed to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and competencies to provide and coordinate first aid in the workplace, in compliance with the requirements of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007. It replaces Occupational First Aid as the recognised standard for the workplace. The course is carried out by PHECC FAR Instructors listed on the training faculty of EMS & Associates, which is a PHECC-Recognised Institution.
Assessments are carried out by the FAR Instructor on practical skills throughout the course, e.g. Cardiac First Responder (CFR) and other practical first aid skills
Examination – Theory:
A written exam of 20 multiple choice questions (MCQs); the pass mark is 60% (12 questions must be answered correctly)
There is a maximum ratio of 8:1 (Learner:Instructor) on each course.
Three days from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with refreshment breaks
Refresher Course: Two days from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with refreshment breaks
There are no specific entry criteria, including a minimum age, for undertaking the course. However, a course participant should be mature enough to comprehend the knowledge, skills and implications associated with defibrillation and have the maturity to complete assessments to receive certification. Any medical condition (including pregnancy) that would affect a participant’s ability to complete the practical skills session must be discussed with the Course Instructor before the course commences.
Upon successful completion of the course, learners will be issued joint PHECC/EMS & Associates certificates/cards, which will be valid for two years from the date of issue.
For those wishing to do a Refresher course and who have an existing Occupational First Aid Certificate, we must first see their Certificate and QQI award. The date on the certificate (not the QQI award) is the date that determines the expiry, which is two years later. Anyone with a certificate outside the expiry date will need to repeat the three-day course.