First Aid For SIA

SIA First Aid requirements

I’ve heard that the SIA first aid requirements have changed. Is that right?

Yes it is. And that applies to newcomers and security veterans alike.

If you want to move into the industry and study for the compulsory security guard license that any individual or security related business needs, then you need specialised first aid training before you can even begin. And if you’ve been in the security industry years, you still might need top-up training to keep your SIA licence valid.

So what are the new SIA first aid requirements exactly?

It’s reasonably straightforward.

It needs to be an Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) or First Aid at Work (FAW) qualification awarded by an organisation regulated by Ofqual, SQA, Qualifications Wales or CCEA, a voluntary aid society or a training provider delivering a programme that meets HSE requirements for delivery of EFAW or FAW.

Whatever course you take, the SIA will need to know that practical elements such as CPR, the application of a tourniquet, treating burns and eye injuries, catastrophic bleeding and packing of wounds were taught and assessed face to face.


First aid for SIA

Why do we need new emergency first aid at work qualifications for an SIA licence?

Why? Good question. The government says that as the private security industry is increasingly recognised as providing an important role in the protection of the public, the qualifications have been updated to reflect the current risks that a licensed security operative may come across in their work.

The decision to change the rules came after extensive research, consultation, and engagement with around 6,000 front line staff, security businesses, the National Counter Terrorism Security Office and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, experts in specialist areas like physical intervention and recommendations from coroner’s inquests following deaths involving security operatives.

Does Authentic Training provide SIA first aid top up training courses?

Yes we do. Authentic Training are OFQUAL-regulated specialist training providers specialising in first aid training, and our Award in Emergency First Aid at Work is fully accredited on the RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework) at Level 3.

Our courses meet all the government guidelines and requirements for the SIA, and our EFAW course can be completed in just one day at our specialist training centre in Liverpool.

We cover areas such as the application of a tourniquet and haemostatic dressings, treating burns and eye injuries and dealing with catastrophic bleeding and packing wounds. We also show you how to assess an incident, manage an unresponsive casualty, and treat minor injuries, cuts, grazes and bruises, non-catastrophic bleeding, minor burns and scalds.

Naturally, we also include CPR and defibrillation, placing victims in the recovery position, and how to deal with choking, seizures and shock.

CPR in a first aid in the workplace course

Why choose Authentic’s Emergency First Aid at Work course for my SIA first aid top up training?

We understand that the last thing you want after years in the security industry is to be sent on another course to teach you things that you probably feel you already know.

We don’t make the rules, but if you’re going to do a EFAW course anywhere and keep your SIA licence up to date, then Authentic Training is a great place to do it.

Why? It’s over in a day, we’ll make sure that it’s the absolute opposite of boring and we’ll definitely provide drinks. Parking is really easy too.

If you can’t make it out to our training centre in Liverpool, we can deliver the course in your workplace – with enough participants, the course can cost as little as under £42 per person. The Authentic trainer will supply all the necessary equipment – all you need to supply is the students and the space.

Wherever we hold it, our course isn’t dull and desk-based – it’s a face-to-face, interactive course in a safe, supportive environment where you will have direct contact with a tutor, and where you will be positively encouraged to ask questions.

There’s more information available here.

Are there other options apart from the one-day EFAW course?

Yes. Authentic also offers a three-day First Aid at Work (FAW) course which covers absolutely everything in the RQF First Aid at Work syllabus.

That syllabus takes in everything from dealing with a heart attack to anaphylaxis and plenty more besides. There’s more information about it here.

What do I do next? And are the First Aid courses expensive?

What do you do next? Book! And are they expensive? Not really.

The one-day L3 award in Emergency First Aid at Work costs just £94 per person and you can book onto it here.

The three-day First Aid at Work course costs £195 per person but we do offer large discounts for group bookings and can deliver the course at your premises or at our training rooms in Liverpool. You can book onto it here.

Alternatively, give one of our expert trainers a call – ring 0151 546 5151 and ask to speak to John or Kris.

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