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AoFAQ Level 3 Outdoor First Aid (RQF)

This Regulated Qualification is ideal for anyone wishing to become an Outdoor First Aider. .

As this is a Regulated Qualification, an Employer who obtains training from an AoFAQ Approved Centre is not required to carry out any due diligence on the training provider in order to ensure the suitability of the training (HSE statement).

Also approved by the Association of First Aiders.

Course Duration: Typically 2 days



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AoFAQ Level 3 Outdoor First Aid (RQF)
 Compliance and Regulatory Requirements

Compliance and Regulatory Requirements:

The aim of the qualification is to provide learners with the knowledge and skills to manage a casualty in the outdoor based environments who requires emergency care until further assistance from the emergency services can be obtained.

This qualification is valid for 3 years. There is no re-qualification course which reduces the course duration. Once the qualification has expired, or is due to expire the learner is required to undertake the course again in order to maintain the qualification. 

 


 Key Points

Name: AoFAQ LEVEL 3 AWARD IN OUTDOOR FIRST AID (RQF)

National Qualification Number: 603/0979/9

Qualification Type: QCF

Guided Learning Hours: 18  (this qualification requires a minimum of 16 classroom hrs.)

Class size maximum: 12 Learners (1 Trainer)

Certificate Price £5 + VAT*

* No charge is made for Learners who have failed to attain required standard to receive the award.

 Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria

Outdoor First Aid Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria:

This for the first unit of the Outdoor First Aid qualification

1. Understand the role and responsibilities of a First Aider.
1.1 Identify the role and responsibilities of a First Aider 
1.2 Explain how to minimise the risk of infection to self and others 
1.3 Explain the need for establishing consent to provide first aid 
1.4 Complete an accident report form
1.5 Identify the first aid equipment that should be available 
1.6 Describe the safe use of first aid equipment

2. Be able to assess an incident.
2.1 Conduct a scene survey   
2.2 Conduct a primary survey of a casualty 
2.3 Give examples of when to call for help

3. Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is breathing normally.
3.1 Assess a casualty’s level of consciousness 
3.2 Open a casualty’s airway and check breathing 
3.3 Explain why it is important to place an unconscious casualty into the recovery position 
3.4 Place an unresponsive casualty in the recovery position and explain why it is important to place an unconscious casualty into the recovery position whilst insulating and sheltering them. Place an unresponsive casualty in the recovery position providing insulation and shelter
3.5 Manage a casualty who is in seizure
4. Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is not breathing normally.

4.1 Recognise the need to commence Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 
4.2 Demonstrate Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation using a manikin

5. Be able to recognise and assist a casualty who is choking.
5.1 Describe how to identify a casualty with a:
Partially blocked airway 
Completely blocked airway 
5.2 Administer first aid to a casualty who is choking

6. Be able to manage a casualty with external bleeding.

6.1 Demonstrate how to control severe external bleeding 
6.2 Control external bleeding

7. Be able to manage a casualty who is in shock.
7.1 Explain and recognise shock 
7.2 Administer first aid to a casualty who is in shock

8. Be able to manage a casualty with a minor injury.
8.1 Administer first aid to a casualty with small cuts, grazes and bruises 
8.2 Administer first aid to a casualty with minor burns and scalds 
8.3 Administer first aid to a casualty with small splinters

9. Be able to conduct a secondary survey.
9.1 Explain the importance of consent 
9.2 Demonstrate a secondary survey: 
Gathering Patient History 
Physical Assessment

10. Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with injuries to bones, muscles and joints.
10.1 Describe how to recognise and manage common types of: 
Fractures
Dislocations
Sprains
Strains

11. Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with suspected head, neck and back injuries.
11.1 Describe how to recognise and manage suspected: 
Concussion
Skull Fracture
Cerebral compression 
11.2 Demonstrate how to manage a suspected spinal injury

12. Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with suspected chest and abdominal injuries.
12.1 Describe how to recognise and manage a chest injury 
12.2 Describe how to recognise and manage an abdominal injury

13. Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with thermal injuries.
13.1 Describe how to manage a burn and scald injury 
13.2 Describe how to manage an incident involving electricity

14. Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with eye injuries.

14.1 Describe how to recognise and manage eye injuries.

15. Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with sudden poisoning.
15.1 Describe how poisons enter the body 
15.2 Recognise a casualty affected by common poisonous substances, including plants 
15.3 Administer first aid to a casualty affected by common poisonous substances, including plants
15.4 Identify sources of information that provide procedures for treating casualties affected by poisonous substances.

16. Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with anaphylactic shock.
16.1 Identify common triggers for anaphylaxis 
16.2 Recognise and manage a casualty suffering from anaphylactic shock

17. Be able to provide first aid to a casualty with suspected major illness.
17.1 Recognise and manage the signs and symptoms of major illnesses including;
Heart Attack
Stroke
Epilepsy
Diabetes
Asthma
Bites and stings caused by inhabitants of the outdoor environment including (ticks, wasps, bees, Adders)
Leptospirosis

18. Be able to provide first aid to a casualty who is experiencing the effects of extreme heat and cold.
18.1 Recognise and treat the effects of extreme cold occurring by participating in activities 
18.2 Recognise and treat the effects of extreme heat occurring by participating in activities

19. Be able to take and record vital signs
19.1 Complete a record of a set of vital signs – AVPU, Colour, Temperature, Breathing


 Qualification Assessment

Assessment:

 

This qualification is assessed by the following means:

    1.  Multiple choice questions 

    2.  Practical demonstration 

Multiple choice questions are used to assess the learners underpinning knowledge. Question papers are available from the compliance department. Please read the instructions carefully. 

 

 AoFAQ Centre and Trainer Support Materials

The following is exclusively available from AoFAQ  to support the qualification:

Qualification Specification:

  • This gives details of all the Learning Outcomes with Assessment Criteria and full requirements for the qualification.

 

Scheme of Work:

  • This is a detailed construction on how to present the qualification to Learners.
 Trainer, Assessor Requiements

Trainers/Assessors must:

Subject knowledge or experience 

- Regulated Outdoor First Aid qualification or equivalent qualifation
- Holding a current First Aid at Work Certificate (issued by an Ofqual/SQA/Welsh Government recognised Awarding Organisation/Body, an HSE approved training provider or recognised equivalent) or
- Holding a current Offshore First Aid Certificate issued by a HSE approved training
provider or
- Current registration as a Doctor with the General Medical Council (GMC). Or
- Current registration as a Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Or
- Current registration as a Paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Or
- Current First Person on Scene (Intermediate) qualification

Teaching/Assessor qualifications

- Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
- Certificate in Education (CERT ED)
- Diploma in Education (DIP ED)
- Preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector (PTLLS)
- Certificate in teaching in the lifelong learning sector (CTLLS)
- Diploma in teaching in the lifelong learning sector (DTLLS)
- Master of Arts in Education (MA ED)
- Master of Arts in Professional Development, Education and Training (MA PDET)
- Professional trainer certificate 
- IHCD Instructional methods course 
- Level 3 or 4 NVQ Learning and Development 
- CIPD Certificate in Learning Practice 
- Proof of 30 hours of training in any subject (must be verifiable)  

This is not an exhaustive list, therefore if your teaching or training qualification is not listed, please contact us. 

  Note: This list is not exhaustive.

Trainers/Assessors should also be able to provide a detailed, chronological list of evidence to show that they have regularly provided Outdoor First Aid assessments during the previous three years. If this is limited, evidence of other first-aid assessments may be provided.

 No formal Trainer/Assessor qualifications

It is recognised that trainer/assessors may not hold formal qualifications but may have significant experience in undertaking these roles. It is expected that the trainer/assessors be registered and working towards formal qualifications within one year and that the qualifications are gained within two years.

During this period a portfolio should be maintained and include details of knowledge and experience gained and the time period over which they were applied, and any contributing training undertaken and the learning outcomes achieved. There should be evidence that the individual has conducted at least two practical and two theoretical first-aid training/assessing sessions under the supervision of a qualified assessor.


 Internal Quality Assurers
   Internal Quality Assurers must:

Occupational knowledge and competence in the subject ‐ evidenced by:
- Holding a relevant subject qualification or suitable experience
Knowledge and competency in internal quality assurance – evidenced by:
- Holding a qualification/completing CPD training or working towards a suitable qualification. 
Internal Quality Assurers must:
- Have knowledge of the requirements of the qualification they 
  are quality assuring at the time any assessment is taking place.
- Have knowledge and understanding of the role of assessors.
- Visit and observe assessments.
- Carry out other related internal quality assurance.

 

Note: It is understood that not all IQA’s will be qualified initially, and that sufficient time should be considered to achieve these qualifications. During this time centres should ensure that IQA’s are following the principles set out in the current Learning and Development NOS 11 Internally monitor and maintain the quality of assessment. This could be evidenced by holding a qualification such as:

- SQA Accredited Learning and Development Unit 11 Internally Monitor and Maintain the Quality of Workplace Assessment

- QCF Qualifications based on the Learning and Development NOS 11 Internally Monitor and Maintain the Quality of Assessment

- Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (QCF)

- Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (QCF)

- V1 or D34

Note: This list is not exhaustive. 

 Links and Downloads

Information Links
Skills for Health http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/
Health & Safety Executive (HSE) First Aid Section http://www.hse.gov.uk/firstaid/
HSE GEIS3 A guide for employers - Selecting a first-aid training provider. (pdf) http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/geis3.pdf
The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981. Guidance on Regulation http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l74.htm
QualificationSpecification Qualification Specification L3 Award in Outdoor First Aid
AoFAQ Level 3 Outdoor First Aid (RQF) - Qualification Information
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