Course: ITC Certificate in Outdoor First Aid (at SCQF Level 6), 16 hours

The outdoor environment nearly always means that casualties have to be looked after for longer than in urban settings. All of our outdoor first aid courses look at how to manage the situation in rural and remote settings when the ambulance does not turn up within 30 minutes.

This is the course of choice for many experienced outdoor practitioners. It is suitable for validation of NGB Outdoor Instructor awards (ML, WGL, MIA, MIC, SPA, MIAS, SMBLA, BASI, BOF, BCU, RYA, Local Cave/Mine Leader, etc).

Consistently quality assured, the highest of standards.

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: £125   Discounts for selected charities, repeat bookings and early birds
  • Group bookings: (typically £600-£900 depending upon numbers and location) – Contact us for a quote.

Accreditation and recognition

The ITC Certificate in Outdoor First Aid course (R546 04) is accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA Accreditations) and appears on the SCQ Framework (

It is recognised THROUGHOUT THE UK.   For many years this was the only Outdoor First Aid qualification to be externally regulated and meet the standards to appear on a national qualifications framework.

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

Unit 1 Emergency First Aid in the Workplace (UL20 04): This unit focuses on assessment of the casualty and treatment of life threatening emergencies.   Unit 1 can lead to an Emergency First Aid at Work (HSE) qualification and this additional certificate can be provided on request for a small extra admin fee.

Unit 2 First Aid for Outdoor Incident Management (UL58 04): 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 this unit content leads to the ITC Certificate in Outdoor First Aid at SCQF L6 qualification.

 Assessment and certification

  • Assessment is continual by the trainer/ assessor and there is a short multiple choice question paper for unit one. Certification is from ITC First and certificates are valid for three years.
  • Certification is dependent upon meeting the assessment standards.


Course Content: ITC Certificate in Outdoor First Aid (at SCQF Level 6)

  • 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
  • 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.