Course: ITC Level 3 Award in Outdoor First Aid (RQF), 16 hours.

This qualification is accredited by the IOL and regulated by Ofqual.

It is designed to meet the needs of those working away from immediate assistance (more than 30 minutes) in the remote and rural regions of the UK.   This course is recognised throughout the UK and is the course of choice for experienced practitioners who use the outdoors.  Training takes place both indoors and outdoors.

It is suitable for workers in rural and remote settings and will maintain the license to practice for those with Outdoor National Governing Body Instructor awards.

The course meets the requirements of the Institute for Outdoor Learning Statement of Good Practice for Outdoor First Aid Training at Band 3. (See the Institute for Outdoor Learning website).  It is also externally regulated by Ofqual and meets the standards to appear on the national qualifications frameworks of England and Wales.

Who for?

  • This course is designed for anyone who works or plays in the outdoors e.g. mountain leaders, walkers, climbers, canoeists, mountain bikers, school group leaders, Scout leaders, Duke of Edinburgh trainers, cycle leaders, etc.
  • It is also ideal for ecologists, rangers, conservation volunteers, foresters and any type of field worker.

This course aims to give you the confidence to deal with first aid incidents when you are in a remote environment and help may be hours away.

Course duration: 16 hours (excluding breaks)


  • Individual: £130   This includes a comprehensive manual and certificate from ITC First.  Discounts for selected charities or multiple bookings
  • Group bookings: typically £600-£900 depending upon numbers and location – Contact us for a quote.

Accreditation and recognition

The ITC level 3 Award in Outdoor First Aid qualification (601/7616/7) is externally regulated by Ofqual and meets the standards to appear upon the national qualifications frameworks of England and Wales. This course is recognised throughout the UK.  It is also accredited by the Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL).

It is built by combining 2 units of assessment in one coherent training package.

Unit 1  Outdoor Emergency Action (Y/507/7797): This unit focuses on assessment of the casualty and treatment of life threatening emergencies in an outdoor environment.   Unit 1 can be done on its own to receive the 8 hour qualification ITC Level 3 Award in Outdoor First Aid Emergency Action (601/7616/5)

Unit 2 Outdoor Incident Management (D/507/7798): This unit looks at further illnesses and injuries common in the outdoors and develops both first aid and incident management skills in context based outdoor scenarios. As part of the course, Day 2 is out of doors – you will need to wear appropriate clothing.
Completion of both these units leads to the ITC Level 3 Award in Outdoor First Aid qualification.

Assessment and certification

  • Assessment is continual by the trainer/ assessor. Certification is from ITC First and certificates are valid for three years.
  • Certification is dependent upon meeting the assessment standards.


Course Content: ITC Level 3 Award in Outdoor First Aid (RQF)

  • Vital signs – breathing, level of consciousness, temperature, colour
  • Incident procedure – a systematic approach to managing first aid incidents
  • Unconsciousness/ collapse – causes and treatment
  • Airway Management – safe airway positions (including ‘recovery’)
  • Breathing Problems – including choking
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) – adult and drowning/child
  • Use of AEDs
  • Circulation Problems – Internal bleeding, external bleeding and treatment for shock
  • Damage – treatment of injury: head, neck, spine, chest, abdomen, pelvis, leg & arm, including remote improvised techniques
  • Environmental Considerations – hypothermia, hyperthermia and cold injuries
  • Common Illnesses – asthma, diabetes and epilepsy –recognition and treatment
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Creatures of the environment – stings and bites
  • Minor injuries- splinters, burns, blisters, bruises, nose bleeds
  • Injury management outdoors
  • Incident management scenarios
  • Awareness of current regulations – accident reporting, first aid kits
  • Safe best practice

Package includes:

  • Interactive hands on training indoors and outdoors
  • Typically a ratio of 70%:30% practical to theory
  • Professional trainer(s) *
  • One CPR training manikin to two participants
  • Each participant to have their own manikin face
  • Comprehensive and easy to follow manual
  • An accredited and recognised certificate valid for 3 years


* Trainers are experienced professionals – chosen for their skills as a trainer and experience as outdoor practitioners. They have an active interest in first aid training and an understanding of the specific needs of various outdoor environments and professions.