I’m an employer and I need more guidance on first aid kits/equipment/number of first aiders/courses I need.

Call or email with your specific questions and we’ll be glad to help or you can use our First Aid Calculator to answer those questions. Alternatively, you might like to click here for clear HSE guidance on all of those aspects and more.

Am I as an employer supposed to provide an Automated External Defibrillator?

No, there is no legal obligation for you to do so. Whether you do depends on your own risk/needs assessment.

How often do First Aiders need to re qualify?

Every 3 years. If not the HSE do not consider them competent to deliver first aid in the workplace. They also cannot be counted among the total number of qualified First Aiders in a workplace. Those holding a full FAW (3 day) Certificate can re qualify with a 2 day refresher.

We support the HSE recommendation that first aiders complete an annual refresher to keep their skills current and useful in a crisis.

Do appointed persons need to undertake first-aid training?

To fulfill their role, appointed persons do not need first-aid training. However, First Aid for Appointed Persons training courses are available.

What is an appointed person?

“When an employer’s first-aid needs assessment indicates that a first-aider is unnecessary, the minimum requirement is to appoint a person to take charge of first-aid arrangements. The roles of this appointed person include looking after the first-aid equipment and facilities and calling the emergency services when required. They can also provide emergency cover, within their role and competence, where a first-aider is absent due to unforeseen circumstances (annual leave does not count).”

Direct from the HSE

Do You Charge VAT?

We don’t, it’s another way we can make our courses even more affordable to everybody.

Are You Insured?

Yes we are and copies can be made available on request.

How much is it?

That will vary depending on the course you choose, our lowest priced course is £59pp. Please see our pricing section and if you need to ask about tailored courses, please email us.

Where do the courses run?

We train in and around South East Essex. If you’re a company, we can travel to you. If you’re attending an open course as in individual then our course calendar clearly shows which venue we’ll be at. All our venues are spacious, comfortable, easy to get to and refreshments are supplied

What if I have injuries/medical issues which prevent me from performing CPR?

You can still attend for your own knowledge and our trainers will adapt the scenarios to suit you and we can offer a modified certificate of attendance, however the HSE insists that to pass the course and hold a recognised certificate then delegates must be able to show their trainer their core first aid skills, which includes CPR.

Do You Provide Lunch?

No, in order to keep the costs to you as competitive as possible. Refreshments are provided for tea breaks but you are advised to bring your own lunch and when you book with us, you’ll have venue details emailed to you including surrounding facilities.

What Should I Wear?

Practical and comfortable clothes that allow you to take part in practicing CPR and potentially play the part of a casualty (skirts and dresses would not be advised).

How Many People Will Be There?

It varies but we have a maximum of 12 people on our courses to make sure everyone benefits from a casual learning environment and has the space and opportunity to practice their skills comfortably.

What is this pass guarantee you offer?

Simply this. If a delegate is unable to fully demonstrate that they are competent in the skills they have learned and they have attended the whole course then they can join a following course free of charge. It’s a very unlikely scenario thanks to the wide-ranging and effective teaching methods we possess. Also, our trainers take the time to guide everybody through any problems they might have during the course.

However, it’s there as an added peace of mind, if needed.

What will I do on the course?

You’ll consolidate your skills with a very varied combination of explanation, demonstrations and hands on experience.

The good news is that there is no formal examination or test at the end of the course. We continually assess throughout and have plenty of time to ensure you’re confident and skilled by the end of the course. All you have to do is show that you are safe and competent in the skills that you’ve learnt by the end of training which will be no problem at all regardless of your experience.

Are you HSE approved?

The HSE no longer approves training providers. They do provide guidelines on trainer qualifications and quality assurance and you can be sure that our processes adhere to all legal requirements and that our trainers are fully qualified and DBS checked. Sabre Training is also a member of FOFATO (Federation of First Aid Training Organisations) and AoHT (Association of Healthcare Trainers).

When will I get my certificate?

If you attend one of our open courses, you’ll receive your certificate that same day. If you’re a company making a group booking and can supply your employees names beforehand we will supply the certificates that day, if not then you’ll receive the certificates within 7 working days. We reserve the right to hold certificates until payment of invoice.

How long will my certificate last for?

Your certificate will last for 3 years.