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First Aid FAQs

How do I know what is an equivalent to first response?

There is a list of the requirements of first response in FS120052, if you have done a course which meets these requirements then you simply need to provide this as evidence to your Commissioner or Training Adviser.

Do I need to have a first aid certificate in order to get a permit?

No, there is no requirement for the permit holder to be the person with the activity group holding a first aid certificate however they often do.

Why are there more activities which now require a full first aid certificate?

A review of first aid within Scouting highlighted that lots of activities take place in very remote environments, not just those in Terrain 2. The review group felt that it was appropriate to update the rules to reflect a higher first aid ability within groups operating in all of these environments.

Do I need to have first response before I become a leader?

No, when you join as a leader you will develop a personal learning plan with your training adviser and this will identify when it is best for you to undertake first aid training. If you have already done this then it may be transferable, this will need to be complete before you can gain your wood badge.

When do I need to update my first aid?

When you first join as an adult volunteer you will have the requirement to undertake first aid as part of your wood badge, once complete you will need to keep your first aid current which means renewing it every three years.

How do I know when to update my first aid?

First aid is listed in the mandatory ongoing learning section of the training area of your Compass profile, this should tell you when it was issued and then it will last 3 years from that date. Otherwise you can also list it in the qualifications section of compass or have the original certificate available.

Is there a list of equivalent qualifications for first aid?

No, this is not a simple task to keep current so instead we provide the requirements for first response and full first aid certificates so that people can check locally dependent on the course they undertook and then match it up.

How does first aid at work link with Scouting requirements?

Undertaking the HSE First Aid at work will provide some of the key skills required for doing first aid in Scouting, however it doesn’t cover the full range of topics members are required to have covered for Scouting first aid. For full details of what is required go to FS120052.


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