QQI FETAC OFA Level 5 Refresher

QQI (FETAC) OFA Course RefresherAny holder of a QQI Level 5 OFA Certificate must undertake refresher training within 90 days of the expiry of their current certificate to maintain its validity. QQI Level 5 certs are only valid for 2 years. This re-certification could benefit you either in your employment or seeking employment.

St John Ambulance runs a one 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 €140. The cost reflects a high trainer to trainee ratio, an emphasis on small-group learning, and the fact that successful completion leads to QQI and OFA 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 QQI Certificate is valid for two years, with an ongoing option to extend if done so during the life of certification or within 90 days of expiry of current cert.

How long does the course last?

The refresher course lasts for 1 day.  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 training@stjohn.ie

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.

You can book and pay securely via PayPal using the form below. You can also book a course or make an enquiry by calling our office on 01-668-8077 or by mailing training@stjohn.ie


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St John Ambulance Ireland
29 Upper Leeson Street
Dublin 4, Ireland

tel: (0)1 668 8077

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Volunteer for Us

We are always looking for bright and enthusiastic people who enjoy team work and want to learn new skills.

St.John Ambulance is made up of volunteers from every walk in life, from those professionally involved with pre-hospital care to people who had no previous experience of first aid prior to joining the organisation.

Donate to Us

We receive no State funding. We are entirely dependent on contributions from the public and donations made to the Organisation for services rendered by our volunteer members.

All donations, however small, are therefore greatly appreciated.