First Response Training

First Response Training

The first aid training – also known as First Response course – covers the skills and knowledge necessary to enable volunteers to manage an incident and provide basic first aid. Our First Response programme has been developed in collaboration with Girlguiding, with a common syllabus, resources and acceptance between the two organisations.

The First Response Certificate is designed specifically for adults in The Scouts and Girlguiding, based on the situations and issues that occur within those roles. It is not, therefore, externally recognised.

Do you need to update, or have you recently completed a first aid course for work, school or another charity? If you have attended another course you may not need to attend another but simply complete a top up.

Simply click here, complete the form and our first aid team will help you.

Who should complete this training

You can find out if you’re required to complete the first aid training by checking Chapter 16: Roles Tables in POR.

If this training is required for your role, you are asked complete it in within your first three years of volunteering, and to renew it every three years.

This training is not required by Occasional Helpers at this time.

How to complete it

First aid training can be completed face-to-face and through blended learning. There are three delivery options available, and in all of them you’ll will be required to complete a face-to-face practical session.

You should check the delivery options available, and choose the one that suits you best.

Below you have more information about each delivery option.

Face to face

Face-to-face first aid training is often done at local Scout meeting places and can be delivered via:

This option contains both theory and practical parts and is delivered in one single six-hour session.

This option contains both theory and practical parts and is delivered in three separate two hour sessions.

Both options are provided by an accredited Scout First Aid Trainer.


In this delivery method, the theory part of the training (10A) is started by a single 2.5 hour E-learning session. This is then backed up by a 3.5 hour F2F session that includes a practical validation (10B) in a short (15-20min) face-to-face session.

Volunteers can only attend the practical F2F session once the E-Learning part has been completed.

What to expect on the course.

What are the training objectives?

By doing this training you will:

  1. Learn about simple first aid information which is relevant to your role
  2. Build confidence and skills in coping with emergency and first aid situations
  3. Know how to manage these emergencies


Whats the content?

The first aid training – also known as First Response course – focuses on three main areas:

  • Life support: The principles of first aid and initial response, emergency life support, CPR, choking, and causes and treatment of unresponsiveness.
  • Trauma and injury: Shock, bleeding, fractures and sprains, head injuries, dental incidents, and burns.
  • Major illnesses: Asthma, anaphylaxis, heart attack, stroke, seizures, diabetes, sepsis and meningitis.

Completed a course for work or outside of Scouting?

Links to top-up E-Learning

Just click below to complete a short e-learning to cover the remaining topics needed for First Response:

Thank you to Hampshire Scouts for devising and administering the above top up courses.

Contact us:

For all first aid enquiries please email

To register your interest for a first aid course please click this link and fill out the form. We will then contact you with details of the next course nearest you.

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