The HSE have also stated that the employer has a responsibility to ensure they are satisfied that the training is just as effective as classroom based training. The employer must also ensure that the training provider has the appropriate tools and systems in place to support learners to prevent identity theft.
It’s an interesting concept going forward. The practical elements of the course must be taught within a classroom. This includes but is not limited to:
- Moving a casualty into the recovery position
- Performing CPR on a manikin
- Opening a casualty’s airway
AoFAQ have run Level 4 Awards in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (QCF) last year. This worked extremely well as the course was entirely theory based. The learners had a log in and could communicate with the assessor on a regular basis.
Going forward, AoFAQ will be investigating how to incorporate blended learning into first aid qualifications, especially EFAW, FAW courses and Paediatric courses. We aim to keep standards high at all times and must ensure that the integrity of the qualification is not at risk. We will update our centres in the near future about incorporating Blended Learning.
To find out more about the HSE recommendations on Blended Learning and other topics, please visit their website below:
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