QQI Level 5 Occupational First Aid Certificate

About the Course

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 Part 7 – Chapter 2: Regulation 165(1) (b) requires employers to designate at each place of work under the employer’s control the number of occupational first-aiders as is necessary to give first-aid at the place of work concerned.

This comprehensive course covers all the essential aspects of occupational first aid. It provides participants with the practical skills to give effective life support, diagnose and treat injuries or illness, maintain care and comfort of the casualty and co-ordinate first aid in the workplace.

Those who take part in this course become qualified occupational first aiders and have been trained by a registered OFAAA first aid instructor in accordance with the standard set by the H.S.A. of Ireland and the P.H.E.C.C.

Maintaining certificate Once a participant has completed a certified first aid training course they must complete a 1 day first aid refresher course every two years in order to keep their qualification remains valid.
Requirements Training is delivered in English so participants must have a good command of the language. If participants wish to bring an interpreter they may do so but prior notice must be given to CILT.
Duration 3 days
Dates TBC



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Course Content

Unit 1: First aid in the workplace
This unit covers the role of the occupational first aider, the legal requirements and how to effectively ensure the safety of the first aider in the workplace.

Unit 2: Patient assessment
After this module, the participant will be able to complete a primary and secondary survey on a potential casualty. They will know how to take vital (pulse, breathing, etc) signs and treat a casualty with a suspected neck injury.

Unit 3: Respiratory emergencies
This unit covers the functions of the respiratory system and shows the occupational first aider how to manage a choking patient as well as how to do mouth-to-mouth ventilations.

Unit 4: Cardiac first response
After this module, the participant will understand the chain of survival and will be able to activate their links, by calling for an ambulance, starting CPR and using a Defibrillator effectively.

Unit 5: Wounds and bleeding
Participant will learn how to deal with blood injuries and how to recognise the different types of wounds and know how to treat them. They will be able to deal with head, eye and facial injuries as well as effectively minimising the consequences of internal bleeding.

Unit 6: Altered levels of consciousness
This unit teaches participants how to treat shock and how to do the recovery position. This will enable them to treat a casualty who has reduced or lost consciousness.

Unit 7: Musculoskeletal injuries
At the end of this module, the participant will be able to treat patients who have fractured (broken) bones as well as deal effectively with casualties who have sprains, strains and dislocations.

Unit 8: Burns and scalds, chemicals, electric shock
This covers the treatment of major and minor burns as well as the many different causes of burns. It also covers poisoning and how best to treat someone who has been poisoned. The student will cover electrical shock and how to manage a patient who has been electrocuted.

Benefits of a QQI Level 5 Occupational First Aid Certificate

On completion participants will be able to:

  • Understand the responsibilities of the occupational first aider
  • Be familiar with health and safety legislation on first aid provision in the workplace
  • Be able to provide treatment for preserving life or minimising the consequences of injury until the arrival of medical aid
  • Be able to provide treatment in the workplace for an injury which does not require the attention of a medical practitioner or nurse
  • Be capable of coordinating first aid arrangements in the workplace.
  • Successful participants will be registered as Occupational First Aiders with QQI certification

Delivery of Course

This is an interactive course with each theory session followed by a demonstration, practical task (including AED DVD for unit 4) and assessment of individual skills.

Training will be delivered on a ratio of 1 mannequin and 1 training AED for every 4 learners as stated in the new standard.  All participants will receive a comprehensive first aid and CFR manual.


QQI Level 5 Occupational First Aid Certificate

CILT Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd. funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills