Emergency First Aid in Rugby Union Course

The Emergency First Aid in Rugby Union (EFARU) course is the RFU’s specifically developed course that provides the recommended minimum level of first aid training for any appointed first aiders. The course provides learners with a sound level of knowledge and understanding. It also covers topics specific to relevant rugby volunteers assisting at matches and training sessions.

Who is this qualification designed for? 

The EFARU course has been developed by the RFU and is a nationally recognised Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) course. It has extra rugby-specific elements designed for volunteers, coaches and match officials who are designated as a first-aider and are responsible for providing pitch-side cover at both training and matches.

What does this qualification cover?

The Emergency First aid in Rugby Union (EFARU) course provides learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to give care and manage life-threatening conditions, minor injuries and illness. It specifically focuses on injuries that occur in a rugby environment. Learners are able to assess an incident, recognise the signs and symptoms of injury and illness, and in a safe and effective manner assist a casualty who is suffering from injury or illness.

Why choose this course?

The EFARU sits on the Regulations Qualifications Framework (RQF) and is awarded by 1st4sport Qualifications. Therefore the course provides learners with a nationally-recognised qualification transferable to the workplace or other sports. It can also be credited towards a larger qualification.

Like many other First Aid qualifications, the EFARU qualification is valid for three years..

An overview of the EFARU course is available in the EFARU Essential Guide.

How to arrange a course?

Course dates and bookings for any planned courses can be found on the England Rugby Course Booking Page.

To organise a course at your club, school or organisation please contact your local Rugby Development Officer (RDO). Contact details can be found at RFU Local Delivery Team Contacts.

In order to host a course, the club/venue must ensure availability of:

  • Exclusive use of a room with tables and chairs set up for a minimum of 12 learners plus adequate space for indoor practical activity
  • Access to projector, screen/TV and flipchart
  • Access to toilet facilities