First Aid Response Refresher (OFA Replacement Course)

QQI (FETAC) OFA Course RefresherOFA-Refresher ceases from 31st May 2018. After 31st May to re-certify you will have to do a 2-day FAR-Refresher course. Any person who currently holds an in date OFA certificate is eligible to attend the FAR-Refresher in place of OFA-R.

This 2-day course replaces and improves on the OFA course and is the recognised standard meeting the requirements of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 (S.I.No. 299 of 2007).

The HSA recognise the PHECC First Aid Response Education and Training Standard (FAR) Course as meeting the needs of occupational first aid in all workplaces.

This course is run at our premises in Dublin, Lumsden House, 29 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4, and at other locations around the country. We can also teach in-house at your premises if it is more suitable for you. This course allows up to 8 learners at one time.

St John Ambulance runs a two day refresher course where students can up skill and practice in a relaxed and comfortable environment, you will work with our trained and experienced instructors who will guide you and offer you peer support whilst helping you to refresh the skills you learnt previously. They will answer any questions and offer the benefit of their experience whilst going through an agreed schedule during the course of the day.

To attend you must have a valid FETAC or QQI cert.  You do not have to have previously attended a St John OFA course – we welcome any person who has OFA FETAC or QQI certification.

How much does the course cost:

The cost of this course is €195 for two days. The cost reflects an emphasis on small-group learning, and the fact that successful completion leads to PHECC and FAR certification, which covers business needs under Health and Safety regulations.

How is it tested?

The course is tested by an theory examination and practical assessment. The PHECC Certificate is valid for two years, with an ongoing option to extend if done so during the life of certification.

How long does the course last?

The refresher course lasts for 2 days.  The course starts at 9am till 5pm each day with breaks in between. It is usually held in our offices in Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4, although we can arrange off site courses where companies have several employees to upskill.  Need more details?  Contact our training department at

What is the syllabus?

  • Managing Incidents
  • Resuscitation including A.E.D.
  • Poisoning
  • Patient Examination
  • Fractures
  • Miscellaneous Injuries
  • Priorities of First Aid
  • Control of Bleeding
  • Communications
  • Unconsciousness
  • Wounds & Dressings
  • How to use an Automated External Defibrillator
  • Heart Attacks
  • Burns & Scalds

Why should you learn First Aid?

Every year there are over 13,000 deaths in Ireland due to circulatory problems most of which are from coronary heart disease. Approximately 50% progress to cardiac arrest within 2 hours. For many victims it is what happens in the first few minutes following a heart attack that will decide their fate. Every two minutes someone, somewhere, has a heart attack.  Part of our course includes training in the use of a Automated External Defibrillator.

Why train with  St John Ambulance Ireland?

You will be taught by an experienced trainer. Our trainers are also experienced First Aiders who will show you how the skills you learn can be applied in a real situation. Our courses teach the most up-to-date protocols, as approved by National and European bodies.

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