Changes to first aid training


For any of you that have FIRST AIDERS onsite this training is due to change from September 1st! Did you know…


The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) are continuing the transition process from the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) Occupational First Aid (OFA) learner training standard to PHECC’s First Aid Response (FAR), as the recognised standard meeting the requirements of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 299 of 2007).


The current QQI Occupational First Aid (OFA) course is changing to PHECC (Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council) First Aid Response Training from the 1st September. The course itself remains mostly the same but we have listed the main changes below:


  • The new PHECC course will allow up to 6 trainees per course (The QQI Occupational First Aid course allowed a total of 10).
  • The current QQI certificate is valid for 2 years and then you have 90 days grace in which time you can do a 1 day refresher up to 31st August. With the new PHECC First Aid Response course the refresher training will take 2 days and there is no 90 days grace from September 1st so once the date has passed the certificate is expired and you will have to complete the course all over again.
  • Training will now take 2.5 days (instead of 3)


Therefore for anyone who needs refresher training between now and next year we have dates for our upcoming refresher training courses here on the 25th July and the 24th August. There are 6 places left for the 25th July and 6 left for the 24th August but spaces are filling fast:


PLEASE NOTE that we do need a copy of your current certificate in order to verify the dates – either the 3 day OFA or the most recent 1 day Refresher training certificates to attend the above courses.


For more information or to book the remaining places on the First Aid Refresher contact LCE on 051 364344 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (*5% discount on any of our training courses for Waterford Chamber Members).




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