An article about how to get a first aid certificate 
Have you ever wondered how people get a first aid certificate? Or do you need a first aid certificate for your workplace? 

So how do you get a first aid certificate? 

The obvious answer is that you need to attend a complete a first aid training course! 
A first aid certificate can be obtained by completing one online or attending a face-to-face classroom first aid training course. 

Is getting a first aid certificate free? 

In most cases you will need to pay for your first aid certificate and the cost of getting one will vary dependent on the type of course you choose to book. Price will vary according to the level of first aid training you want and the duration of the course which can be 2 hours to several days. 

How many types of first aid certificates are there? 

Loads is the simple answer; not only that but the bewildering range of names assigned to the different first aid courses with each course having its own set of learning outcomes. 

How long is a first aid course certificate valid for? 

A general rule holds that most first aid certificates are valid for a period of 3 years. 

What type of first aid certificate is right for me? 

If your first aid certificate is for your work, then your employer will have quite a few first aid courses to choose from. The most popular workplace first aid training courses are: 
A 1 day course for low risk workplaces covering the basics of giving first aid 
A 3 day course for higher risk workplaces covering additional topics not covered in the Emergency First Aid course. 
A first aid course for those that look after children as part of their job role like nursery or school staff. 

Are there any standards for first aid certificates? 

Yes and No. Some first aid courses are un-regulated and do not have to conform to any specific standards. However, many people feel more comfortable choosing a first aid training provider that is a member of an industry body or that supplies training through an OFQUAL regulated body such as Qualsafe Awards. 
When searching for a first aid training provider it is important to do your due diligence before committing time and money to getting your first aid certificate. Questions that are worth asking include: 
What the course covers? 
What type of first aid certificate will I get? 
What are the qualifications of the trainer? 
How long will it take to get the certificate? 
Does the first aid training provider have honest reviews on independent review sites such as Trustpilot. 

Ready to get your first aid certificate? 

Completing a first aid training course can be a wonderful experience and the skills you will learn can be applied to a first aid emergency at work and at home and could one day be used by you to help save someone’s life. 
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