New guidance on AED training

New requirements to ensure learners are assessed on the correct use of automated external defibrillators (AED) came into effect at the beginning of 2017.

Aimed at those delivering AED training as part of first aid at work or emergency first aid at work courses, the requirements will ensure learners are assessed on their ability to demonstrate how to place AED pads correctly and how to follow AED instructions.

Centres must also have at least 1 training AED available to allow for effective training and assessment, and learners must be assessed in groups that do not exceed a ratio of 4 learners per 1 AED. Adjustments to lesson plans are allowed as long as the 1:4 ratio is maintained and learners are not disadvantaged.

Likewise, centres running first-aid courses must ensure their tutors and assessors are sufficiently knowledgeable and competent in the use of an AED.  

It is expected that that AED training will be delivered by centres as part of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training.

The specifications, as well as the relevant assessment paperwork for each of the qualifications referenced above, is available here.

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