Occupational First Aid (QQI Level 5)

Who is this course for?

This course is designed to provide the learner with the understanding, knowledge and practical skills required to provide and coordinate first aid in the workplace in compliance with the requirements of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2007 and its accompanying Regulations and Guidelines. 

General Aims

This course is designed to enable the learner to:

- Understand the responsibilities of the occupational first aider

- Provide treatment for the purpose of preserving life or minimising the consequences of 
injury until discharge or the arrival of medical assistance 

- Provide treatment in the workplace for an injury which does not require the attention of a
medical practioner or nurse

- Be capable of coordinating first aid arrangements in the workplace

- Be familiar with Health and Safety legislation on First Aid provision in the workplace

Method of Delivery

The course will utilise both theory and practical learning which will encourage student participation and feedback and ensure strong knowledge of practical skills.


3 Days (09.00 to 17.00)


The course assessment will be split between two practical skills demonstrations and a theory exam. The examinations are designed for students to demonstrate their ability to safely treat a sick or injured patient as per HSA Occupational First Aid Guidelines.

The skills demonstrations will assess the learners basic life saving skills and 2 additional skills areas covered in the course. 

The theory examination will assess the learners ability to recall and apply theory and understanding of the topics covered on the course.


Learners who successfully complete this course will receive a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Occupational First Aid which is valid for 2 years.

Certificate Details:

- QQI Level 5 Certificate in Occupational First Aid



Units Covered

The following is a breakdown of the units covered on this course:

Unit 1 - First Aid in the Workplace
Unit 2 - Patient Assessment
Unit 3 - Respiratory Emergencies
Unit 4 - Cardiac First Response
Unit 5 - Wounds and Bleeding
Unit 6 - Altered Levels of Consciousness
Unit 7 - Musculoskeletal Injuries
Unit 8 - Burns and Scalds, Chemicals, Electric Shock

Our instructors are mobile and can travel to deliver a course to groups on site at any location nationwide.

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