PHECC First Aid Training

Group of people learning how to make first aid heart compressions with dummies during the training indoors

Do you know what to do in an emergency situation?

The 3-day PHECC (Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council) First Aid Response course provides appropriate training to individuals and groups who require a first aid skill set including cardiac first response.

Upcoming Public Courses

Day 1 is delivered online through ZOOM.
Day 2 & 3 are delivered at the hotels in Dublin or Cork

  • ZOOM & Dublin
    June 12th, 13th, & 14th
    • €450.00 excl.
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  • ZOOM & Cork
    June 12th, 13th & 14th
    • €450.00 excl.
  • ZOOM & Dublin
    June 13th, 14th & 15th
    • €450.00 excl.
  • ZOOM & Dublin
    July 3rd, 4th & 5th
    • €450.00 excl.
  • ZOOM & Cork
    July 3rd, 4th & 5th
    • €450.00 excl.
  • ZOOM & Dublin
    July 31st , August 1st & 2nd
    • €450.00 excl.
  • ZOOM & Cork
    July 31st, August 1st & 2nd
    • €450.00 excl.

Dublin: Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport
Cork: Rochestown Park Hotel

Lunch and parking costs included in the price while attending at the hotels. 


The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007: Part 7 – Chapter 2: Regulation 165(1)(b) requires employers to designate at each place of work under the employer’s control the number of first-aiders as is necessary to give first aid training at the place of work concerned.

PHECC has designed the First Aid Response (FAR) standard to offer appropriate training to individuals and groups who require a first aid skill set including cardiac first response. This standard is designed to meet first aid and basic life support (BLS) requirements that a person known as “First Aid Responder” may encounter. The FAR Standard meets the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) requirement for first aid training for the workplace. The Child and Family Agency (TUSLA) guidance also recognises FAR as the standard for child care.

Role and responsibility of a First Aid Responder

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 (CFR) 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 (EMS). The First Aid Responder is able to assess and manage these patients in accordance with PHECC Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs). The First Aid Response Standard adopts a uniform approach to interacting with patients and other emergency medical services in the pre-hospital setting. Finally, First Aid Responders must be able to demonstrate a commitment to the process of continuous responder competence and will be required to maintain their skill levels in First Aid Response including CFR at defined intervals.

First Aid Response Standard Rationale

The First Aid Responder will possess the following general skills. The ability to:

  • deal with life threatening or potentially life-threatening conditions in the pre-hospital environment until arrival of emergency medical services
  • provide First Aid Response 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 Response in a wide range of environments including home, recreational and workplace settings
  • display the requisite personal skills including composure, competence and self-confidence while understanding their limitations.

Learning outcomes

There are competencies that students who achieve the First Aid Response Standard are required to demonstrate. Upon completion of a recognised First Aid Response course the student will be able to:

  1. Recognise and Assess the causes and effects of sudden illness and/or injury in a pre-hospital environment and call for emergency medical services.
  2. React to such pre-hospital emergencies utilising PHECC CPGs.
  3. Respond in a safe, effective, and appropriate manner to such emergencies utilising the First Aid Response skill set and in accordance with PHECC CPGs as part of the pre-hospital continuum of care.
  4. Record and Report actions and interventions taken while responding to and managing such incidents and during handover to emergency medical services.
  5. Retain a caring attitude in their role as First Aid Responders.

The learning objectives in the Standard refer to the management of adults and children unless stated otherwise.

The First Aid Response (FAR) standard incorporates the CFR Community standard:

If course participants are holders of CFR Community certificates, recognition of prior learning may be applied. However, as the retention of CFR skills is known to diminish after time, it is recommended that such students participate fully in the CFR component of the course. If students are CFR Advanced certified, they must attend a separate CFR Advanced course to recertify at that level.

Entry Criteria:

There is no specific entry criterion including a minimum age for undertaking the course. However, a course participant should be mature enough to comprehend the knowledge, skills and implications associated with defibrillation and have a maturity to complete assessment to receive certification.

The Cpl Institute currently only provide PHECC FAR training to persons over the age of 18.


The duration of a First Aid Response course incorporating the CFR Community standard and assessment is no less than 18 contact hours (excluding breaks – averaging 6 hours instruction per day).


The instructor student ratio shall not exceed 1:8 for practical skills sessions.


Course participants have their skills formally assessed throughout and at the end of the course. Skill assessment sheets are completed for each learner. The mandatory components are:

  1. Assessment using the PHECC’s CFR Community skill assessment sheet and the First Aid Response skills assessment sheets.
  2. A 30-minute, 20 question MCQ written exam; the pass mark is 60%.


Should learners have difficulty reaching the PHECC FAR standard they will be supported with remediation efforts.


First Aid Response Certificate – PHECC Accredited

Refresh your First Aid Training Course qualification:

If you are a qualified PHECC First Aider then you need to recertify within the 2 year period as per PHECC guidelines.

Check out our First Aid Refresher dates at this link