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PHECC First Aid Response (FAR)


A PHECC First Aid Response course is a three-day certified course and has become the NEW Health and Safety Authority (H.S.A) standard for first aid in the workplace.

The course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide emergency first aid should the need arise.

This course is perfect for anyone who is required to act as first aider in their place of work, community group, voluntary organisation and in the home. It is also a fantastic introduction to providing emergency care and using a defibrillator.

Delivery methods - This course can be completed as a blended/hybrid course, day 1 online and days 2 & 3 in class or all in class.

Duration: 3 Days

What are the Benefits?

Career Progression:
This course is the one of the foundation stepping stones for those interested in entering the emergency medical services, a healthcare practitioner or becoming a Trainer in PHECC First Aid Response

A First Aid Responder may become part of a volunteer group on a Community CFR Programme or assist as a First Aider in local clubs.

Often attending to any emergency/injury can be daunting, completing a PHECC FAR Course will give you the tools to assess situations and deal with them in a calm and confident manner.

Entry Requirements

English Proficiency:

  • To ensure the greatest opportunity for successful participation in our programmes, learners are required to have a good command of English in terms of reading, writing and speaking. This standard of proficiency is indicated by achieving or exceeding the standard of CEFR B2+Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) or standard of 6.0 on the IELTS.
  • Learners who have achieved a passing grade at Junior Certificate level will be deemed to meet this criterion. However, learners for whom English is not their first language, are required to advise Carraig Safety Consultants, and may be required to provide evidence of proficiency. This could include completing a standardised CEFR test or equivalent.
Course Content

What is covered on our PHECC First Aid Response (FAR) Course

  • The duties of a First Aider
  • Personal safety and protection measures
  • Accident Scene appraisal and management
  • Diagnosis and principle of treatment
  • The respiratory system
  • CPR instruction and practice
  • AED instruction & practice
  • The cardiovascular system
  • Cardiac arrest – signs, symptoms and causes
  • Casualty examination and recovery position
  • Unconsciousness – signs, symptoms and causes
  • Haemorrhage - signs, symptoms and causes
  • Wounds and control of & treatment for bleeding
  • Shock - signs, symptoms and causes
  • Treatment for shock – vital signs
  • Functions of the skeleton
  • Types of fractures
  • Treatment of fractures
  • Head injuries and their management
  • Types of burns, poisons, chemical burns and burns to the eyes - signs, symptoms and treatment
  • Practical accident scenarios and treatment throughout the course for participants to practice and become competent in dealing with first aid emergencies.
  • Critical Incidents


Skills Group Practice

20 MCQ Questions


Joint Carraig Safety & Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) FAR Certificate

Max participants: 8

Duration: 3 Days

Valid for 2 years

Who Should Attend?

Any individual who wishes to develop their knowledge, skills and attitude to recognise and care for people with life threatening injuries or non-life threatening injuries before the arrival of advanced medical care.

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2005 you should ensure that you have qualified First Aid Responders on premises, note that the PHECC FAR course covers this requirement.

Additionally anyone who wishes to develop skills or requires First Aid knowledge as part of their interests i.e. Coaching, Parents etc, the PHECC FAR course provides an excellent basis of knowledge for treating people in a pre-hospital environment at a basic level.

Note: This programme requires a high level of trainee participation and interaction where the theory is enhanced by practical demonstration of skills and practical application by trainees.


What about my QQI Level 5 OFA Certificate?

Note that PHECC FAR is now the new standard for First Aiders in the workplace, coming up to your expiry date of your OFA Certificate you should contact a PHECC Recognised Institution or a PHECC Certifified Trainer in order to carry out transfer to the New PHECC Standard. RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) will apply.

Is my OFA Certificate still valid under new guidelines?

Yes as long as the certificate is still in date.

Does the 90 Days Grace Period still apply after expiry?

No the 90 days grace period is no longer available, so please keep not of expiry date of training and ensure Refresher Training is completed before date expires or no later than 30 days.

What do I need to bring?

We supply all course materials, manuals, packs and refreshments.

Do I need experience to attend?

No previous experience is needed to attend this course.

What Certification will I receive?

You will receive a Joint Carraig Safety and PHECC FAR Certificate.

How long is my training Valid for?

Refresher training has to be completed every two years and note that the new standard for PHECC FAR Refresher Course is now 2 Days.

How long is the duration of a FAR Course?

Course duration is 3 Days in total.

Who teaches the Course?

Instructors are all certified PHECC Instructors with many years experience in delivering this course.

Any Other Questions?

We'll be happy to answer any other questions you may have by phone or email. You can click the button below to ask a question online, or call us on 01 6293852.

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