Frequently asked questions

Equestrian First Aid at Work

Is this course for me?

The Equestrian First Aid at Work (FAW) Level 3 qualification is for anyone involved with horses where a full first aid qualification is needed in addition to the potential specific human injuries involved when working with horses.

Does this course meet the standard I require?

Our courses are delivered, evaluated and quality assured, meeting guidelines set out by the HSE in October 2017. They also meet the requirements of First Aid at Work (First Aid) regulations 1981 and 2016. This qualification meets UK and European Resuscitation Council Guidelines 2015 as per HSE requirements. VTQ qualifications are fully recognised by the HSE as Trade Body Qualifications. Complies with the most recent HSE and ERC guidelines Meets and exceeds the requirements if you are required to have the BHS first aid qualification

Is blended training recognised?

Yes, good news! In May 2016 the HSE and Awarding Organisations announced that computer-based blended training is now allowed for all workplace first aid courses. The blended course meets all requirements of the HSE and Awarding Organisations and is available as an IPS Safety Training or Regulated Qualification.

How do I renew this qualification?

Your FAW certificate remains valid for three years. If you are renewing your qualification within 30 days of the expiry date of your FAW, you can take the shorter First Aid at Work Requalification (FAWR) course. To take the FAWR course you will need to provide a copy of your previous certificate.

Is there a minimum age requirement?

Our courses have a minimum age requirement of 16. You must be over 16 years of age to take an IPS Safety Training course.

Can I earn CPD (Continuous Professional Development) points?

All IPS Safety Training courses have been independently certified as conforming to Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines. Certificates and qualifications that we provide include a CPD statement as well as the IPS Safety Training certificate. For online courses an evidence based learning statement is also provided. The FAW qualification comes with 18 hours of CPD, although the time to complete the course online may be less than this.

What topics will be covered?

Emergency First Aid in the Workplace: - Roles and responsibilities of a first aider - Infection controls - Assessing incidents - Initial check of a casualty First aid to an unresponsive casualty: - Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) - Recovery position - Seizures First aid to a casualty who is choking. First aid to a casualty with external bleeding. First aid to a casualty who is in shock. First aid to a casualty with minor injuries: - Small cuts - grazes - bruises - small splinters - Minor burns and scalds Recognition and Management of Illness and Injury in the Workplace: Carrying out a secondary survey First aid to a casualty with injuries to bones, muscles and joints - Fractures, dislocations, strains and sprains First aid to a casualty with head and spinal injuries First aid to a casualty with achest injury - Rib fracture / Flail chest / penetrating chest injury First aid to a casualty with burns and scalds - Factors affecting the severity of burns and scalds First aid to a casualty with an eye injury First aid to a casualty with sudden poisoning First Aid to a casualty suffering the effects of anaphylaxis Treating common major and minor illnesses Managing asthma attacks Managing epilepsy and diabetes Record keeping and equipment use

How does the blended training course work?

A blended course gives exactly the same qualification as if you had attended a traditional classroom course. The difference is that the course is split into two parts. Part-one includes various theory-based modules presented in short videos followed by brief multiple-choice test questions. This allows you to stop, start and repeat each section at your own pace. All you require is a smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC with an internet connection. Part-two is taken once you have completed part-one. This part of the course allows you to put the theory into practice. With the help of an instructor and the necessary equipment you will learn to apply your knowledge to various first aid scenarios. You will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions and build your confidence.