First Aid Courses – General Information

Clubs, schools, colleges and universities should ensure they have the minimum first aid provision operating standards in place.  A first aid specific risk assessment should be used to determine the number of people trained and the level to which training is required.

The First Aid & Immediate Care Roles & Training pdf provides detailed information on the different roles and the training that is recommended.

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.

If you are considering other first aid course providers use the following nine questions to determine if a course is suitable:

  1. What qualification is awarded? The recommended minimum level is equivalent to Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work / Sports First Aider. These courses are generally a minimum of one day or 6 hours.
  2. Do the courses have a quality assurance process (shown by an accreditation mark from a body such as the Health and Safety Executive)?
  3. Is the course accredited and recognised on the national Regulations Qualifications Framework (RQF)?
  4. Does the course cover basic first aid and life support skills along with both common rugby injuries (such as concussion) and rare but serious injuries (such as spinal injury) in sufficient detail?
  5. What experience and qualifications does the trainer have? (e.g. medical background, years of tutor experience, knowledge of rugby)
  6. How many people will be in the training session? (suggested maximum: 16 per trainer)
  7. What insurance does the trainer have? (e.g. personal liability cover)
  8. What resources are provided for out of course learning? (E.g. training manual, online support etc.)
  9. What is the assessment process, how are learners recognised as competent?