Essential first aid (adult)

Our updated Essential first aid for adults course is ideal for those who want to develop life saving first aid and CPR skills. On the course you'll find out what to do when initially faced with an emergency and how to react when faced with someone having a heart attack or seizure. This course covers the essentials of how to save a life and includes an AED (automated external defibrillator) demonstration.

Who should attend?

This course is for members of the public who want to learn how to deal with accidents, injuries and medical conditions involving an adult. It’s a practical course where you’ll simulate treating people in life-threatening situations.

We welcome young people from the age of 12 onto all our community first aid courses. If under the age of 16, a responsible adult member of the family or guardian must be in attendance for the duration of the course. The adult/guardian can be responsible for 2 young people per course, and must book a place on the course if they wish to be trained and receive a certificate.

You will need a basic command of English to attend this course. We are often able to provide support to people who do not have English as a first language, but 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 content

The course covers emergency life support techniques, which deal with an adult casualty only.
  • The primary survey
  • Unresponsive adults
  • Choking adults
  • Severe bleeding
  • Shock
  • Adult resuscitation (CPR)
  • AED (demonstration only)
  • Head injuries
  • Seizures
  • Chest pains

Course duration

Three hours.


Continuous assessment by trainer.


You will receive an attendance certificate that is valid for three years.

This course is for the general public and will not meet Health and Safety Executive requirements to become a qualified workplace first aider.

For first aid courses appropriate for the workplace, please take a First Aid at Work or Emergency First Aid at Work course. If you’re unsure what first aid training is appropriate for your workplace, use our free requirements calculator.

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Find a course

Looking for a trainer to teach this course to your community group, at your premises?

Contact our team on 0844 770 4800 (option 5). Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.

Your community group could be eligible for a free first aid workshop, talk or demo.

Any Questions?

You can call us on 0844 770 4800 (Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm)

Please note: calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.

Need first aid to register with your professional body?

Most organisations will accept a one day Emergency First Aid at Work course. Ensure this is the right course for you.

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