Course: ITC Outdoor First Aid Incident Management, 16 hours

The ITC Outdoor First Aid Incident Management course is an intensive, highly practical 16 hour course delivered over two days.

It covers much of the content of the ITC Certificate in Outdoor First Aid at SCQF L6 but as it is unregulated there is more freedom to tailor the content to specific outdoor environments or activities.

Who for?

  • This course is designed for anyone who works or plays in the outdoors. Suitable for validation of most NGB Instructor awards.
  • Suitable for groups who want first aid training for their own specialist activity area or who do not need an Emergency First Aid at Work unit.

Course duration: 16 hours (2 days)


  • Individual: £125
  • Group bookings: (typically 4 – 12 people £500-£900 depending on numbers and location; £1600 for up to 24 people) – Contact us for a quote.

Accreditation and recognition

The ITC Outdoor First Aid course is a nationally recognised course. Certificates from ITC First are valid for three years.

Unit 1 Outdoor First Aid Emergency Action (8 hours) can be done by itself as a stand alone qualification. Unit 1 focuses on assessment of the casualty and treatment of life threatening emergencies;

Unit 2 Outdoor First Aid Emergency Incident Management (8 hours) 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.

Assessment and certification

  • Certification is dependent upon successful continuous assessment on the course; there is no final examination.



Course Content: Outdoor First Aid

  • 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 Public Access Defibrillators (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
  • Creatures of the environment – stings and bites
  • Minor injuries- splinters, burns, blisters, bruises
  • 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
  • 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.