FAQs: Become a First Aid Instructor

Before you read this article, ask yourself two simple questions.

  • Are you really enthusiastic about first aid?
  • Do you have excellent communication skills?

If you just excitedly shouted yes at your screen, you need to become a First Aid Instructor by following the tips below.

As a first aid instructor, you’ll teach life saving skills to others and empower them to save lives in a wide range of situations.

Sound good?

Do I need qualifications?

All first aid instructors require a current First Aid at Work (or equal) qualification and a teaching qualification. There are many variations on these including:

  • PGCE
  • Level 4 PTTLS Award – more recently replaced by an Education and Training (EAT) Award
  • or the new Level 3 Award in Teaching and Assessing First Aid Qualifications.

First aid instructors are also required to hold an accredited Assessor Award, as they are both trainers, and assessors. For many instructors this forms part of their training qualification e.g. the new Level 3 Award in Teaching and Assessing First Aid Qualifications covers both aspects.

How do I get the required qualifications?

At the First Aid Training Co-Operative, we run a Trainer Induction Week, which streamlines the process of becoming a first aid instructor.

This incorporates:

  • L3 Award in Teaching and Assessing First Aid qualifications
  • First Aid at Work qualification
  • Multiple teaching practice sessions

Our next trainer induction week dates are:

23rd of October – 27th October 2017, we run a consistent programme of courses though, so there will always be another one soon!

What equipment do I need?

You’ll need a basic set of equipment to begin to deliver first aid courses. A suggested basic ‘starter pack’ is:

  • CPR Manikins
  • AED Trainers
  • Bandages of various types
  • Kneeling mats
  • Gym Mats for students to lie on

You may also need presentation equipment and transportation for it all, such as a small van.

How do I find a job?

You’ll find vacancies on the web, on websites such as Indeed.com, ZipRecruiter or Reed. Alternatively, you could start your very own First Aid Training Business by following the steps in our email course below.

Free Email Course: 5 Steps to Starting a First Aid Training Business

Learn how to start a First Aid Training Business, what qualifications you’ll need and more. All in this free 5-week course from the First Aid experts, Tom Durham & Cory Jones.

What about the law?

Reaching the required legal requirements of any profession can be daunting.

These various compliances can add a lot of cost and time resource to your day to day operations. The First Aid Training Co-operative covers all of these centrally for our Associate Members at no additional cost.

To find out more about joining the First Aid Training Co-operative as an existing first aid business, click here. Or join us from day 1, with our free email course – “5 Steps to Starting a First Aid Training Business”

Free Email Course: 5 Steps to Starting a First Aid Training Business

Learn how to start a First Aid Training Business, what qualifications you’ll need and more. All in this free 5-week course from the First Aid experts, Tom Durham & Cory Jones.

Wait, I have more questions!

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