How to become a first aid trainer

Teaching first aid and CPR skills can be a rewarding & useful experience. In addition, the demand for first aid courses is high due to health & safety requirements in various countries (for example, the first aid at work regulations in the United Kingdom).

So how easy is it to become a first aid trainer? There are a number of different routes which you can take detailed below.

The voluntary sector

The three main voluntary aid societies in the United Kingdom run their own first aid trainer courses & programmes. Typically, this involves being a first aid volunteer for a period of time then progressing onto training first aid.

> British Red Cross

> St John Ambulance

> St Andrew’s First Aid

The American Red Cross also has an instructor training programme.

Outside of the United Kingdom, many Red Cross societies in other countries run first aid instructor training. You can find out the contact details for your own Red Cross society here.

Private companies

Many private companies run their own trainer training courses for first aid instructors. In the UK, the Association of First Aiders has a comprehensive directory of first aid training companies. Otherwise, a quick search on Google can find training companies in your area.

It is important to research thoroughly any course before handing over any money. Find out if the qualifications being offered are externally validated. Are there any reviews from previous customers? Does the company appear to have a good track record? Be wary of any companies offering ‘short courses’ or massive discounts.

Finally ensure you have the appropriate knowledge before undertaking any first aid trainer courses, many will require you to have an existing first aid qualification and be confident in the skills you’ve been taught.

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