Basic First Aid Training Topics

A basic first aid course should cover essential emergency situations and prepare candidates to deliver life-saving first aid. We’ve compiled a list of the most important first aid training topics to cover in a Basic First Aid (BFA) training course. Basic first aid training courses are often shorter courses without the time to cover more advanced first aid training techniques and subject areas.

A basic first aid training course should cover these topics through a mix of theory (classroom) and practical activities. First aid is a practical skill, therefore hands-on practice is essential to learn these basic lifesaving skills.

Do you have a suggested first aid topic to add to our list? Please let us know by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post.

Introductory topics

  • Aims of first aid & the role of a first aider
  • Incident management
  • Communicating with a patient
  • Contents of a first aid kit

Lifesaving skills

  • Primary survey
  • The recovery position / safe airway position
  • The chain of survival
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Choking


  • Major hemorrhage (bleeding)
  • Recognition and treatment of shock
  • Burns & scalds
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Minor injuries

Medical conditions

  • Heart attack and angina
  • Asthma
  • Seizures and Epilepsy
  • Diabetic emergencies (low and high blood sugar levels)

Depending on the length of the course, pediatric topics may be included. Important pediatric first aid training topics to include are:

  • Pediatric recovery position (baby and child)
  • Infant and child CPR modifications
  • Choking for children and babies
  • Common childhood illnesses
  • Asthma

John Furst

JOHN FURST is an experienced emergency medical technician and qualified first aid and CPR instructor. John is passionate about first aid and believes everyone should have the skills and confidence to take action in an emergency situation.

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