What to expect during First Aid training?

First Aid training could be the most important course you’ll ever take. Having the skills and confidence to be able to help someone in need is hugely empowering and can save lives! Knowing what to expect during First Aid training is not always clear however. It’s natural to feel daunted beforehand, especially if you’ve been appointed by your workplace or you’ve never completed such training in the past.


We’ve put together this blog so that you’ll hopefully feel more prepared and reassured. You’ll know what to expect during First Aid training which is important. It’s worth noting though, that the quality and style of training can vary vastly between providers and what we talk about here is unlikely to relate to all First Aid courses out there. With Life Saving Training, you’ll be trained to a higher standard, acquire skills that work in the real world and not just the training room and you’ll feel fully supported from the moment you make your initial enquiry through to completing your training and beyond. We’ll always keep you up to date about any changes to European Resuscitation Council guidelines as well as offer top tips and advice.

What to expect during First Aid training?

At Life Saving Training, all our courses are very interactive as we know this is the best way to learn First Aid. That’s why all of our courses are hands-on. We’ll show you how to do something – then you’ll have a go. We’ll practice how to deal with whole incidents, from finding someone in need to the point where they’re handed over to the professionals. After all, when someone becomes ill or is injured, you’ll need to manage the whole incident – not just be able to perform a couple of stand alone skills.

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Do I need any prior experience for a First Aid course?

Not at all. Everything you need to know will be covered. Throughout the course, you’ll get plenty of time to practice your new life saving skills. The trainer will always be on hand to help and support you. It’s all fairly straightforward, there’s nothing to worry about and our friendly trainers will answer any questions you may have along the way.

Will there be real life pictures of real life emergencies?

All of our courses involve images of real life injuries to assist in the learning process, but our highly trained and professional trainers are there to offer support from start to finish. There’s always a warning prior to an image being displayed which may cause some distress, so you don’t have to look at anything you don’t want to.

How physically active will I need to be for First Aid training?

To show the trainer you know what you’re doing and so that you can be awarded your qualification, everyone on the course needs to play an active part. If the course is bespoke and not a regulated qualification, the requirements can differ. The more practice you can have in a safe training environment however, the more effective you’ll be in a real life situation, so it’s always good to have a go if you’re comfortable doing so.


This means bending over, rolling over, and lying on the ground. As such, it’s best to wear clothes that you don’t mind lying on the floor in and flat shoes work well too. Please make us aware of any physical or learning considerations, or health issues that we may need to take into account. This allows us to ensure we adequately support participants and plan reasonable and fair assessments for all. Any information provided is handled strictly in accordance with data protection legislation.

Is there a test?

Most of our training is delivered in such a way that there’s no need for a written test. Sometimes, depending on the regulatory body if it’s a qualification being delivered, there might be a short multiple choice questionnaire, or as we like to call it, a ‘super fun quiz’! This is nothing to worry about, as everything you’ll need will be covered. We’ll also always let you know in advance of the course whether to expect a short test or not, so there’ll be no surprises.

We hope that you’re feeling more sure about what to expect on a First Aid course now, but if you’re still a little unsure, have any questions or concerns then just get in touch as we’d love to hear from you. We’re a friendly bunch and always happy to help!

If you’d like to check out the range of courses we offer, head on over to our book online page here.