The FAW (First Aid at Work) qualification is chosen where the risk assessment of a business identifies the need. It is a requirement of some jobs and an industry standard. The course is governed by the HSE and only approved centres can offer this course.
The FAW course used to be held over 4 days but in October 2009 this changed to 3 days. The certificate is valid for 3 years and then you have to take a 2 day requalification course to renew. Make sure you renew in time, as if you are too late you will have to do the 3 days again. To find an instructor see first aid junction.
The HSE recommend that all FAW and the one day EFAW first aider complete an annual refresher course. This can be done online at our First Aid at Work Refresher course site where you can complete the course at your pace and have access for 8 months. You will on completion receive a certificate you can print off and a wallet card in the post.
You will also receive weekly update emails to ensure you are kept fully up to date.