QQI Level 5 Occupational First Aid

Dates: 16th March/23rd March and 30th March
Time: 09.30 am – 4.30 pm
Venue: ACM, Castleconnell, Limerick
Cost:   Members €250 pp   Non Members €300 pp

This 3-day training course, delivered by QQI (FETAC) Level 6 Instructors, is aimed at persons appointed to act as Occupational First Aiders in the Workplace under the First Aid at Work Regulations 2007. Each course will facilitate a maximum of 10 participants.

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To enable the delegates to become competent and confident First Aiders, and have a full understanding of the principles of first aid in a wide range of disciplines as laid down by QQI and current Health & Safety standards


To provide the Occupational First Aider with the necessary skills and knowledge to administer and coordinate effective first aid in the workplace, to deal with emergencies, to assess and treat injuries and to maintain care and comfort of the adult, child or infant casualty until medical treatment can be provided in compliance with current legislation.


The course programme is delivered in accordance with the FETAC guidance and is divided into 8 units;

  1. First Aid in the Workplace

This module covers current legal requirements under Health and Safety Legislation as well as the duty of care of First Aiders. It also discusses the First Aid arrangements which shall be in place within the workplace.

  1. Patient Assessment

This module focuses the participants on learning how to safely approach a patient in an emergency or incident through the effective use of the Primary and Secondary Surveys. The participants will on completion of this module be in a position to safely assess infant, child and adult patients.

  1. Respiratory Emergencies

Following completion of this module, the participants will be in a position to recognise respiratory emergencies including asthma, hyperventilation and the management of Foreign Body Airway Obstructions (Choking) in Infants, Children and Adults.

  1. Cardiac First Response

This module allows the participants to gain a thorough understanding of the 5 links in the Chain Survival which includes the Early Access to the Patient and making appropriate contact with the Emergency Services, Administration of CPR on adults, children and infants and the safe use of the Automated External

Defibrillator. It will also ensure participants recognise angina, heart attack and cardiac arrest as well as the being in a position to safely administer Aspirin.

  1. Wounds & Bleeds

This module looks at the circulatory system, types of bleeds and various types of wounds which we encounter. It will allow the participants to recognise the injury and apply appropriate treatment including wound dressings and slings.

  1. Altered Level of Consciousness

This module will cover various illnesses including Seizures, Epilepsy, Diabetes, Stroke and sudden events such as fainting and head injuries such as concussion and compression.

  1. Musculoskeletal Injuries

This module will teach the participants to recognise strains, sprains, dislocations and fractures and how to apply treatment to their patients in the event of one of these injuries.

  1. Burns & Scalds, Chemical, Poison & Electric Shock

This final module provides the participants with an introduction to the skin, levels of burns and the treatment to apply for various burns. It also looks at poisoned patients through the 4 routes of entry and includes alcohol & drug poisoning, human and animal bites and stings, ingested or inhaled poisons and poisons absorbed through the skin.

Finally,  it will look at the First Aiders role in the event of an electrocution and how to apply safe treatment.


Persons selected or appointed as Occupational First Aiders in the Workplace with no previous or expired certification.

This course is delivered with one trainer over the 3 days. An additional instructor will be involved in day 3 with the function to act as a course examiner to ensure fair assessment of learners.


Theoretical Assessment together with Skills Assessments in accordance with QQI will be carried out by an independent examiner on the final day of the course. The assessment criteria which have been laid out by QQI is as follows;

Skills Demonstration 1 – Basic Life-Saving Skills 40%

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) & Automated External Defibrillator

Skills Demonstration 2 – Other Occupational First Aid Skills 40%

Candidates will be assessed in 2 of the following skill areas:

  • Patient assessment
    • Respiratory emergencies
    •             Wounds
    •             Bleeding
    •             Shock
    •             Altered levels of consciousness
    •             Musculoskeletal injuries
    •             Burns and scalds
    •             Electric shock

Theoretical Assessment Paper 20%

This exam has 22 short answer questions. Candidates are required to answer 20 (1 marks each) with an overall time frame of 45 min allowed.

On successful completion of the course, participants will be issued with a QQI Level 5 Certificate. Recertification is required every 2 years.

The following grading will be used;

Pass 50 – 64%, Merit 65 – 79%, Distinction 80 – 100%


Each course participant will be provided with the following materials, which are included in the overall cost for the running of the course;

  1. Occupational First Aid Handbook
    2. Red Card used to contact the Emergency Services

As part of the course delivery the following training equipment will also be made available to all participants;

  1. Adult, Child & Infant Training Manikins
    2. Training Defibrillators
    3.            Pocket Face Masks
    4.            Wound Dressings
    5.            Crepe Bandages
    6.            Triangular Bandages

The course is delivered with a majority of practical exercises combined with training DVD’s and classroom style presentations. Our trainers encourage the participants to engage in the course through practical exercises and discussions with regards to the topic at hand!