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GDR Solutions course accreditation and certification details

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Qualifications and Certification

Wherever possible we deliver courses which are fully certificated qualifications, awarded through our partner Awarding Organisations: Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance, Qualsafe Awards and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) who are all regulated by Ofqual.

This ensures that our clients can have confidence in the quality of the courses that we deliver, the assessment methods used, and the qualifications of the trainers.

First Aid qualifications

From 1 October 2013 HSE no longer approves training and qualifications for the purposes of first aid at work.

Training organisations who were formerly ‘Approved’ by HSE to deliver First Aid at Work Training can no longer claim to be HSE Approved or use their HSE Approval number.

The flexibility arising from the changes in the Regulations gives employers more choice in the first aid training they provide for their employees and who they choose to provide it.

An employer will need to undertake varying levels of due diligence (reasonable enquiry or investigation) into how they select a first aid training provider.

The criteria that the HSE state are required for first aid training are that all first aid training providers will need to be able – and should be prepared to demonstrate how they satisfy certain criteria set by HSE. These criteria include:

  • the qualifications expected of trainers and assessors
  • monitoring and quality assurance systems
  • teaching and standards of first-aid practice
  • syllabus content
  • certification

Our Awarding Organisations audit us to ensure that we meet these requirements for all of the HSE regulated First Aid courses that we offer.

They also audit the competence and qualifications of first aiders, and specify the quality assurance systems required, how training is delivered and how how training is assessed.

The HSE state that clarify in this area will help employers comply with the law, as the Health and Safety at Work Act clearly places a duty on them to select a competent training provider.

Equivalency to other Organisations

We teach the first-aid management of injuries and illness, in relation to the topics covered in FAW/EFAW training courses, in accordance with:
current guidelines published by the Resuscitation Council (UK); and the current edition of the first-aid manual of the Voluntary Aid Societies (St John Ambulance, British Red Cross, St Andrew’s First Aid); and the guidelines of the Awarding Organisations who certificate our courses.

This means that our qualifications have parity with those offered by organisations such as St John Ambulance and British Red Cross.

E-learning and blended learning

Some organisations offer e-learning or blended learning options for First Aid.  The HSE clearly state:

For the purposes of first aid at work training, regardless of the training an employer selects (FAW, EFAW or some other appropriate training for the circumstances) HSE does not accept e-learning, blended learning or any other form of distance learning as a valid form of delivery.

Training must be delivered face to face. This allows for the hands on, practical approach necessary for first aid training.

Refresher training

HSE strongly recommends that first-aiders undertake annual refresher training, over half a day, during any three-year certification period. Although not mandatory, this will help qualified first-aiders maintain their basic skills and keep up to date with any changes to first-aid procedures.  We offer First Aid Refresher courses, which provide certificated evidence of this for due diligence purposes.