June 24, 2011
First Aid certificates last for three years from their date of issue. However, the HSE recommends that First Aiders attend annual refresher training to help maintain basic skills and to keep up to date with any changes to first-aid procedures.
What happens once your First Aid certificate runs out depends on the course that you completed:-
First Aid at Work (3 day): As a qualified First Aider with this certificate, you can complete the First Aid at Work Requalification (2 day) to obtain another three year certificate. Once your First Aid at Work (3 day) certificate has run out you have 28 days from its expiry date to complete the First Aid at Work Requalification. The date of this new
first aid certificate will be three years from the expiry date of the previous one. If you are unable to complete the 2 day requalification course within these 28 days, then the full 3 day First Aid at Work course must be retaken.
Emergency First Aid at Work: There is no requalification course for Emergency First Aid at Work. As a First Aider, you must complete the whole course again to remain a qualified Emergency First Aider at Work.
Paediatric First Aid: There is no requalification course for a Paediatric First Aid certificate. As a Paediatric First Aider, you must complete the whole course again in order to remain qualified. This is particularly relevant for Registered Childminders as your registration is deemed invalid without a valid Paediatric First Aid certificate.