What first aid course do I need? Find the right course


What First Aid Course do I need?

If you’re thinking about taking a first aid course, you might be wondering which course is best suited to your needs. Here at Busy Bees Education and Training, we provide a variety of FAIB Approved First Aid courses, each suited for different business needs. Belinda Wilson, one of our First Aid Trainers runs through our courses, so you can see which one is right for you.

What are the differences between blended courses and face-to-face learning?

Blended courses are designed to be completed partially online using e-resources and partially in a classroom setting. This offers flexibility to participants, allowing them to gain their First Aid Qualification with only 1 day of practical learning. Blended courses can also be cheaper than face-to-face courses, perfect for businesses that have a lower training budget.

It is a requirement of blended First Aid training that the online element of learning must be completed before attending training at our venue.

Face to Face courses are First Aid courses that can be held at your place of work or school, they are longer courses designed to be completed over the course of a few days, these courses are great for people who prefer practical learning, and would like to complete their course quickly with no other learning.

Can you learn first aid online?

First Aid at Work, Paediatric First Aid, and Emergency First aid at Work certification is not possible without completing practical learning. This is because First Aid courses must be assessed using direct observation from a qualified trainer. The practical element of a First Aid course builds confidence and keenness to act as a first aider with the general public/at your place of work.

However, there are elements of first aid you can learn online: for example, our Pet First Aid, Family First Aid, and Preventing and Dealing with a child choking e-learning courses, are great additional courses to expand your First Aid Knowledge, without the need for practical observation.

Can you practice first aid without a certificate?

Certified First Aid training ensures first aid treatment is being practiced safely, by someone with the knowledge and experience to treat a patient. You must have taken either the First Aid at work or Emergency First Aid at work course to be certified to administer first aid treatment to adults.

How often should I refresh my First Aid Training?

First Aid Training should be regularly refreshed to ensure you are on top of your knowledge and are practicing First Aid safely. You should retake this course once every 3 years, and you should continue to monitor any changes to administering first aid by undertaking annual refresher courses.

What First Aid courses do you offer?

We offer 10 First Aid courses, featuring a mixture of online/practical learning, including:

Emergency First Aid at Work

First Aid At Work (Blended/Face to Face)

Pet First Aid

Mental Health Awareness

Paediatric First Aid (Blended/Face to Face)


First Aid at Work (FAW) is a 18-hour course that can be completed with face-to-face or blended learning. Our First Aid at Work course is designed for adults who may need to provide First Aid skills within their workplace, this could include, treating an accident or injury or even looking after someone who’s taken ill. This course gives comprehensive training for any workplace that requires designated first aiders, teaching them the aims and priorities of first aid, and how to deal with an emergency.

Who should attend this course?

Employees of any workplace that needs a designated first aider. Suitable for people who work in high-risk/customer-facing environments, such as construction sites, large supermarkets, restaurants or warehouses.


Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) is a 6-hour course that covers basic life-saving skills such as CPR, using a defibrillator and how to treat minor injuries. This course is designed for low-risk environments/workplaces.

Who should attend this course?

Employees of any workplace that has a low-risk environment, such as small offices, community hubs, and retail businesses.


Paediatric First Aid (PFA) is a 12-hour course that can be completed with blended or face-to-face learning. This course covers first aid emergencies as they relate to children, from bee stings and allergies to choking and sudden illnesses.

Who should attend this course?

Anybody with a job that requires working with children including childminders, playworkers, nursery staff, carers of children and youth workers. Please note: Early Years Practitioners must have a valid Paediatric First Aid Certificate to work in nursery settings.

Mental Health Awareness is either a full or half-day course surrounding mental health awareness in the workplace. This online live session is led by experienced trainers in the comfort of your home or workplace. 

Who should attend this course?

Anybody with an interest in becoming a Mental Health First Aider within their workplace.

Families First Aid is an online first aid workshop that covers all the basics for carrying out first aid in the home. The course doesn't certify you to be a first aider, however, the course enables you to learn the basics of Paediatric First Aid to minimize casualties around the home. 

Who should attend this course?

Parents, Carers, Family Members of young children

Pet First Aid is an online course created in collaboration with the Blue Cross. This course will teach you how to keep your pet healthy, avoid potential dangers, and take positive action in the event of a pet health emergency.  

Who should attend this course?
Our pet first aid course is ideal for first-time pet owners, children, and families interested in pet care.

Do you offer First Aid refresher training?

Yes, we offer first aid refresher courses in all of our qualifications as well as online and face-to-face skills update courses, children’s first aid courses for schools and bespoke courses to suit your companies needs and requirements.

HSE requires first aiders to take annual refresher training during any 3 year certification period. Get in touch to find out more.