Leaders, managers and supporters in Scouting may need to hold a current emergency aid qualification, depending on their role. It is best practice for everyone to undertake emergency aid training. Every section meeting must have at least one ‘qualified’ first aider present.

What is needed?

The minimum level of emergency aid training is First Response (Module 10A and 10B) run by The Scout Association.

A higher level emergency aid qualification is required for some adventurous activities. Further details can be found at https://www.scouts.org.uk/por/9-activities/#9. When delivering those activities, a minimum of a 14 hour / 2 day emergency aid course is required.

How do I complete my training?

There are 3 routes to complete and validate your Emergency Aid Training:

  1. Complete the First Response Modules (10A and 10B) – 6 hour / 1 day (done as a course or blended learning).
  2. Gain an equivalent (or higher) emergency aid qualification, plus any conversion e-learning (if required).
  3. Validate your emergency aid knowledge based on your professional experience

Remember to get your Compass records updated when you validate your emergency aid training!

First Response Training

Within Cumbria we are able to benefit by some learning set up by Hampshire Scouts which follows a blended approach.  Headquarters have approved this approach for use as part of the COVID Safe First Aid Training until the end of 2022.

The approach is made up of the following:

Module 10A (Emergency Aid Theory)

You need to complete the First response e-learning and attend a validation session to complete Module 10A.

  1. Completing E-learning.  This will take approximately 2.5 hours, which teaches you all the relevant information.  It includes videos, fact sheets and quizzes. PLEASE SELECT THE CUMBRIA E-LEARNING COMPLETION FORM AT THE END OF THE E-LEARNING COURSE.
  2. Attending and participating in a validation session (virtual or face-to-face), approximately 2.5 hours.  This comprises different activities to validate the learning.

Module 10B (Emergency Aid Practical)

You will need to attend a short practical validation session (e.g. CPR) to complete the First Response. To attend this course you MUST complete Module 10A first, including the online validation session.

Equivalent or higher qualifications

There are a number of external qualifications which cover similar content, which can be compared against the syllabus. All emergency aid training must cover the below criteria. The level of detail and time spent on each subject will vary, depending on whether it is a First Response or Full Emergency Aid course.

  • Principles of emergency aid and initial response (arriving and managing an incident)
  • Initial response to a emergency aid situation
  • Management of an unconscious casualty (child or adult)
  • CPR, including technique for children and an explanation of what AED is and how to use it
  • Choking
  • Shock
  • Bleeding
  • Fractures (ambulance imminent and non-imminent) and sprains
  • Head injuries
  • Dental incidents
  • Burns
  • Asthma
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • Seizures
  • Diabetes
  • Sepsis / Meningitis

Professional qualifications

The Scouts recognises that some professions by the nature of the job will have an emergency aid element; for example, Nurses, Midwives, Police Officers, Medical Practitioners, Members of HM Armed Forces, Ambulance Care – Assistants/Paramedics/Technicians, etc. To exempt these professions from undergoing more training, they are required to provide evidence of an up-to-date qualification which should meet the criteria for what is considered our minimum standard (as listed above). With regards to ‘evidence’, this can be a certificate or an official letter confirming the necessary areas have been met.

E-learning conversion modules for other qualifications

Have you completed a 3 day First Aid at Work, 1-day Emergency First Aid at work or St John Schools FA (or similar) course?  If so you can complete the relevant conversion course by following the links below:


First Response Conversion – 3 day First Aid Work
First Response Conversion for First Aid at Work (3 day) course. This module is designed to complete the additional topics required for the First Response, having completed the First Aid at Work (3 day) course.


First Response Conversion – 1 day Emergency First Aid Work
First Response Conversion for Emergency First Aid at Work (1 day) course. This module is designed to complete the additional topics required for the First Response, having completed the Emergency First Aid at Work (1 day) course.


First Response Conversion – Child First Aid course
First Response Conversion for Child First Aid Courses This module is designed to complete the additional topics required for the First Response, having completed the 2 day Child First Aid course, St John School’s First Aid or similar.


Validating your training

By completing the relevant course above this will allow you to validate Module 10A and 10B (as per the date on your certificate).  Please let your Training Adviser or the Local Training Manager have a copy of your certificate, unless otherwise directed.

Lastly, make sure you make a note of when you are next due to renew / re-validate your training!