If you have a First Aid certificate, or are thinking of
getting one, you need to commit to doing a regular refresher. Here’s why:
1. Guidelines and procedures can change
A significant example is the change to CPR protocols. Many
of us were taught to do 15 compressions and then two breaths. The new rule is
to do 30 compressions followed by two breaths.
The difference could be the difference between life and
2. It’s easy to forget details
If you’re not using your first aid skills regularly
(especially if your workplace has a good safety record), you’re likely to
forget some parts. Research shows that healthcare providers’ skill retention
declines as soon as three months after training.
It’s vital that your knowledge and skills are front of mind
in an emergency, so you don’t need to doubt – or Google – anything.
Regular refreshers help you remember the important details
and keep your skills sharp.
3. It boosts your confidence
Your confidence in first aid matters almost as much as the
information. When you know your skills are fresh and up to date, you’ll have
more confidence in making quick decisions. Your confidence will be felt by any
bystanders or colleagues who need to follow your instructions – and of course,
by your patient.
What are the regulations for renewal?
Workplace first aid is covered by government regulations.
Although your First Aid Certificate doesn’t expire as such,
your workplace needs to follow the regulations.
It is recommended that:
- CPR training should be refreshed
- First Aid Qualifications should
be renewed every three years.
What are the overall regulations for first aid in the
All workplaces must provide first aid equipment, facilities
and in some circumstances, trained first aiders.