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First Aid Training

All first aid training will be held at ABC Medical Services Ltd, University of Reading, Old House Farm Cutbush Lane, Reading, Berkshire RG2 9AE, unless otherwise stated.

Four types of first aid course are available. Unless a time is shown below, all courses run from 9am - 5pm each day.

Anyone wishing to attend a course should book through or contact Health and Safety Services on x8888.

Course 1: First Aid at Work Certificate - Initial - 3-Day 

This course must be completed by staff who are to become main University 'First Aiders'

Aim: This course provides the knowledge and confidence to treat casualties and those suffering sudden illness in the work place. On successful completion of the course, candidates will receive a HSE recognised First Aid at Work certificate that is valid for 3 years.

Course Dates:

  • Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 21th, 22nd  & 23rd March 2018 
  • Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 23rd, 24th & 25th July 2018 

Course 2: First Aid at Work Certificate - Refresher/Re-qualification - 2-Day

This course is for those who already hold a First Aid at Work and wish to re-qualify before their current certificate expires. If a certificate has expired, it is necessary to complete the full 3-day course.

Aim: To refresh first aid knowledge providing any recent updates to first aid procedures which allows the First Aider to be confident to treat accident casualties and those suffering sudden illness at work. Successful candidates will receive a new certificate that is valid for a further 3 years.

Course Dates:

  • Tuesday & Wednesday 27th & 28th February 2018
  • Tuesday & Wednesday 12th & 13th June 2018

Course 3: Emergency First Aid in the Workplace Certificate - 1-Day 

For those who are to act as the "Appointed Person"; Appointed Persons can take charge of a situation when someone is injured or falls ill. A certificate is awarded to successful candidates. It is recommended that refresher training is attended every three years. This course mandatory for all university staff who act as Appointed Persons.

Course dates:

  • Monday 29th January 2018
  • Tuesday 20th March 2018
  • Wednesday 30th May 2018
  • Tuesday 17th July 2018, 13:00 - 15:00 

Course 4: 1-Day Fieldworker's First Aid Certificate

For those in charge of groups of fieldworkers.

On demand - please contact if you wish to be placed on a waiting list. A course will be run when there are sufficient numbers.

Due to the demand for this course, it will be run when minimum of 6 participants request it. Each place will be funded at a rate of 50% by Health and Safety Services. The other 50 % will be recharged to the department concerned. A project code will be required before a place is allocated. The place will cost a minimum of £35 per person, with the maximum charge of £47 per person (this will vary according to the number of participants).

NB: First aid training is mandatory for all University First Aiders and and Emergency First Aiders.

Lunchtime First Aid Refresher training

Refresher training sessions for currently trained first aiders will be held 1-2pm on Whiteknights campus on the dates below: 

  • Wednesday 7th February 2018
  • Thursday 5th April 2018
  • Friday 1st June 2018

If you are not a qualified first aider, you must contact to book onto one of the sessions. Maximum of 25 people per course.

Automated External Defibrillator training

Training sessions for currently trained first aiders on the use of defibrillators will be held 1-3pm on Whiteknights campus on the dates below:

  • Thursday 15th March 2018
  • Wednesday 2nd May 2018
  • Thursday 5th July 2018

If you are not a qualified first aider, you must contact to book onto one of the sessions. Maximum of 12 people per course.


Please contact Health and Safety as soon as you know that you are unable to attend. We can often offer your place to someone else. A late cancellation fee of £40 may be charged to Schools/Offices when less than two working days' notice is given of withdrawal. Cancellation by simply not turning up to a session will increase the fee to £50. Courses being taught by external trainers will be charged at the full cost of the place if cancelled with less than two working days notice.

Cancellations can be made by emailing

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Feedback from delegates...

"I have just finished the three day first aid course and have nothing but high praise.

The instructor backs basic theory with fun discussion, stories and practical sessions, which makes this course both fun and informative. Before this course I would have been worried about the negative implications of getting involved.

I would strongly encourage others, especially academic staff, to attend."

Dr Stephen Gulliver, Lecturer


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