Changes to first aid training assessments

Due to feedback from clients, delegates and trainers Safe Hands First Aid Training now assess delegates as they go through their first aid training courses. This will be carried out using both formative and summative assessment methods each day to ensure that the delegates thoroughly understand the topics being covered as they are covered.  This then gives Learners plenty of opportunity to act on trainer feedback and improve their understanding as necessary.

Who monitors us?

We have a robust internal verification system for measuring learning by the delegates, and our processes are externally verified by OfQual (through our Awarding Organisation, Qualsafe) as well as the CPD Standards Office.  Safe Hands First Aid Training is also First Aid Industry Body (FAIB) registered and externally monitored by them. Awarding Organisations have taken over from where the HSE have left off in terms of monitoring of processes and procedures to assure standards.

Who else uses on-going assessment?

As of the 1st of October 13, HSE changes were implemented surrounding First Aid at Work monitoring.  In October 2015, First Aid trainers and assessors are also required to hold formal qualifications.  Many other First Aid training companies including the Voluntary Associations (The British Red Cross, St Andrews Ambulance and St Johns Ambulance) decided to adopt ongoing, continual assessment as a better and more effective method of the assessment of Learners. It has taken careful consideration and planning to ensure that at Safe Hands First Aid Training, we adopt a system that is totally robust and quality assured.  All of our trainers are experienced teachers and assessors, holding formal teaching and assessing qualifications.

Our responsibility

Every trainer who works for Safe Hands First Aid Training knows and fully understands the responsibility that they have.  We as a company have to ensure that Learners who leave our courses fully understand the importance of the role of First Aider within the workplace and also have the skills and techniques required to save a life and treat illness / injury.  Our non-regulated courses are taught to the same standard as our First Aid at Work courses and as such, assessment procedures follow the same success criteria and methods.  Minimum standards are required for Learners to pass each course. When a Learner achieves only the minimum, Trainers are required to make a professional judgement as to whether that Learner has achieved all the assessment criteria.  They will do this using all assessment evidence available, including formative and practical assessments.  For more information, please see our Policy on Teaching & Learning.

If you have any questions regarding these changes or would like more information please call us on 01324 710 124 or email us at