PHECC First Aid Response Refresher

Our 2-day First Aid Response Refresher course is designed to maintain the skills and update First Aid Responders about potential changes in regulations and laws regarding first aid. 

A First Aid Responder may be a healthcare practitioner, or a member of the public who has undertaken a First Aid Response course incorporating the Cardiac First Response standard. 

In addition to CFR skills, the First Aid Responder possesses defined skills in the further management of a patient who has become suddenly ill or injured in the pre-hospital environment until the arrival of emergency medical services. The First Aid Responder is able to assess and manage these patients in accordance with PHECC clinical practice guidelines (CPGs).

This refresher course for the First Aid Responder has to be followed every 2 years in order to remain certified.

Anyone who needs to re-certify as a first aid responder.

People with a valid QQI level 5 Occupational First Aid that needs to be renewed can follow this First Aid Response refresher course.

Following successfully completing this refresher course, their Occupational First Aid certificate will be exchanged for a First Aid Response certificate.

On completion of this programme, participants will be able to:

  • Deal with life-threatening or potentially life-threatening conditions in the pre-hospital environment until arrival of emergency medical services.
  • Provide First Aid for conditions not thought to be life-threatening but are necessary to prevent further harm before the emergency medical services arrive.
  • Provide pre-hospital First Aid in a wide range of environments including work, home and recreational settings.
  • Display the requisite personal skills including composure, competence and self-confidence while understanding their limitations.
  • Recognise and be able to cope with the additional challenges provided by “Special Circumstances” for which additional training must be completed.

Patient Assessment

Incident Procedures

Cardiac First Response (CPR & AED, Choking & Stroke)

Common Medical Emergencies (Asthma, Diabetes, Seizures, Poisoning & Fainting)

Injury Management & Shock (Bleeding, Bone Injuries, Sprains, Strains & Dislocations, Shock)

Care of the Unconscious Patient

Burns & Electrical Injury Care

Hypothermia & Hyperthermia

Information Management


The Well-Being of the First-Aid Responder

The course is highly interactive with each theory session being followed by a demonstration, practical tasks and assessment of individual skills.

Continuous assessment throughout the course.

At the end of day 2, a multiple-choice exam will take place. Students receive a PHECC/PSTC Certificate in First Aid Response on completion.

The certificate is valid for 2 years.

2 days & €150 per person

Book a onsite course

€950 based on a group of 8 people

Book a Public course

€150 per person