Leaders, managers and supporters in Scouting may need to hold a current first aid qualification, depending on their role. Every section meeting must have at least one ‘qualified’ first aider present.

What is needed?

Leaders, managers and supporters in Scouting must hold a First Aid qualification, the minimum level of which is the First Response course (Module 10A and 10B) run by The Scout Association.

A higher level (known as a Full First Aid certificate is required for some adventurous activities. Further details can be found https://www.scouts.org.uk/por/9-activities/#9.

Interim COVID-19 rules on First Aid cover at section meetings

If your First Response qualification has expired during the pandemic period (Feb 2020 – Present), and others have in-date first aid then they should be used to cover the first aid requirement for your section meeting.

If no one else is available then yes you can be the First Aider; There is an extension of 6 months from the date your area moves to Green readiness level for all members to cover their first aid, but we would encourage you to complete the virtual learning elements (see below).

How do I complete my training?

Within Eden 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 2021.

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 virtual 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 virtual session (Teams or Zoom), 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.

I have an existing qualification, does it count?

There are a number of external qualifications which cover similar content, which can be compared against the syllabus. All first 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 First Aid course.

  • Principles of first aid and initial response (arriving and managing an incident)
  • Initial response to a first 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

My professional qualification means I have a First Aid qualification.

The Scouts recognises that some professions by the nature of the job will have a first 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 first aid 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

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 First Aid 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 First Aid 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 First Aid 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.


By completing the relevant course above this will allow you to validate Module 10A and 10B (as per the date on your first aid certificate).  Please let your Training Adviser or the Local Training Manager have a copy of your certificate and the google form that you will complete at the end of the course.