Course description

Who should attend?

This course is for people wishing to renew an existing, valid, FREC3 certificate.

If your certificate has expired, you are not eligible to take this course and must reattend a 5-day FREC3 initial course. This course is designed for those who are often first to arrive at a potential first aid emergency. This includes Police Officers, Firefighters, and those providing medical cover at festivals and events such as Emergency/Community First Responders, Door Supervisors, Close Protection Operatives and Security Guards. It is also suitable for those working in high-risk environments including the military, power stations, agriculture and manufacturing centres.

Candidates need a basic command of English (defined as Level 2). While we are often able to provide support to people who do not have English as a first language, our ability to do so is limited by the time available and the number of people who require assistance. We may be able to make special arrangements if requested in advance. Please contact us if you need any guidance.

Course duration

Three days.

Course content

    • Understanding the role and responsibilities of a first responder
    • Assessing an incident
    • Life-threatening and non life-threatening illnesses and injuries
    • Assessing and managing a patient's airway
    • Managing an unresponsive patient
    • Using an AED
    • Administering emergency oxygen
    • Assessing and managing trauma patients
    • Catastrophic bleeding
    • Chest injuries
    • Compromised circulation
    • Wounds and eye injuries
    • Burns or scalds
    • Suddden poisoning
    • Head, spinal and musculoskeletal injuries
    • Breathing difficulties
    • Anaphylaxis
    • Suspected major illness
    • Convulsions
    • Effects of environmental exposure


Assessment and certification


  • 6 x practical assessment/skills tests
  • 3 x theory assessments (multiple choice question papers)
  • 2 x anatomy and physiology papers
  • 1 x invigilated exam


Successful learners will receive a Qualsafe Level 3 Award in First Response Emergency Care (RQF) e-Certificate after their results have been submitted and subject to verification by the awarding body and any other required actions.

Additional information

Awarding body: Qualsafe

The Qualsafe Level 3 Award in First Response Emergency Care (RQF) is a regulated and nationally recognised qualification, ideal for those looking to work or volunteer as a first responder.


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