Frequently Asked Questions


  1. What is the difference between the 1 Day Emergency First Aid at Work Course and the 3 Day First Aid at Work Course?

The main difference between the two, apart from the duration, is the amount of detail each respective course covers. The 1 Day Emergency First Aid at Work course is the most basic accredited course we offer at Siren Training, and is most suitable for people working in corporate, retail, education and low risk sports environments.

On the other hand, our 3 Day First Aid course is the most thorough course we have on offer. This course is most suitable for industries functioning in a high-risk environment such as construction, manufacturing, sports and warehousing.


  1. How long is a First Aid course?

Our 1 Day Emergency First Aid at Work Course lasts approximately 6 hours.

Our 2 day First Aid Re-qualification course last approximately 12 hours and is covered over two days.

The 3 Day First Aid course is an 18 hour long course spread over three days. We do however run a condensed version of this course. Please give us a call to find out more information.

The Annual First Aid refresher course is a 3 hour long course.

The Fire Marshal Training course is a 3 hour long course.


  1. What’s the difference between a “re-qualification” course and a “refresher” course?

The 2-day First Aid Re-qualification course is specifically designed for those with an expiring certificate who are looking to extend their certification without having to sit the 3 day First Aid at Work course.

The Annual First Aid Refresher on the other hand is a half day course. (3 hours) People who hold a current certificate choose to undergo the course annually to freshen up on their First Aid skills, techniques and knowledge on the subject matter.


  1. When do I need to refresh my First Aid certificate?

As mentioned above, the 2 day First Aid re-qualification course must be undertaken to extend certification and to avoid having to sit the full 3 day First Aid course once again. As all First Aid certificates expire three years from issue, the 2 day First Aid re-qualification course must be undertaken within a month of expiry. If it is left any longer then you may no longer qualify to sit this course and instead must sit the full three-day course.

The annual First Aid refresher course on the other hand is a voluntary course that allows you to brush up on your First Aid skills. Although this is not a mandatory course, the HSE does recommend every qualified First Aider to undergo this course annually to ensure all knowledge and First Aider skills are kept at a high level for every individual First Aider.

Take the example, a first aider who hasn’t been trained for nearly three years when something goes wrong. Let’s say, the first aider is attending to poor Fred in cardiac arrest, but instead of depressing the chest, the first aider is depressing the stomach – outcome death!

A few months later, we are in Court with the aggrieved widow seeking legal redress. The first aider under questioning admits that he had forgotten most of his training and hence was unsure what to do, but he was the first aider and under pressure by his on-looking work colleagues to do something…

The legal eagle reads out in Court references to studies and reports on skill fade and knowledge retention and further reads out the HSE recommendation on refresher courses.

Question to employer “why did you ignore the HSE” if you had not done so, Fred could well be alive and providing an income for his widow (crying) and their three young children?

Out comes the cheque book.

The HSE ‘recommend’ could also be interpreted as ‘do or do equivalent to’.


  1. Why are Siren’s prices so cheap?

One of our most frequently asked questions is why exactly Siren Training are so cheap compared to the rest of our competitors. This is a simple one, our oldest competitors at St John’s Ambulance and British Red Cross operate as registered charities. Being a limited company, Siren Training can afford to be as competitive as possible, which means passing great savings onto our customers. We believe that life saving training should not cost an arm and a leg and we aim to beat any written quote. 


  1. Which Paediatric course do I need? 

As you may have already seen, we run two different paediatric courses here at Siren Training; the Basic Paediatric course and the Paediatric First Aid course – OFSTED approved. The main difference between the two is the OFSTED course is an extended course which covers more subject areas. The course is designed to comply with OFSTED regulations, as such the course is most suited for teachers working in schools, nannies and au pairs. While the Basic Paediatric First Aid course is best suited to private nannies and parents. 


  1. Why is the OFSTED approved paediatric course no longer a 2 day Course?

From the 1st of January, the HSE has approved the use of blended learning as a credible First Aid Training teaching tool. As such Siren Training has adopted an eLearning format which serves to shorten the length of the course and reduce the total amount of class time. However, rest assured that all the practical learning elements that we strongly believe in remain an integral part of our training experience.


If you have any further questions please feel free to call us on 0203 740 8088.