Blended-Learning First Aid Response (FAR)

Due to Covid-19, St John Ambulance have developed a Blended-Learning First Aid Response (FAR) Course.

The 3-day FAR course replaces the former Occupational First Aid (OFA) course. It is the recognised by the Health & Safety Authority of Ireland (HSA) as meeting the requirements of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 (S.I.No. 299 of 2007).

Course Content

  • Scene and patient assessment
  • First Aid and Covid-19 in the workplace
  • Recognising and treat choking
  • How to perform CPR and how to use an AED (defibrillator)
  • Recognising and treating stroke and heart attack
  • Treatment of crush injuries, fractures, spinal injuries, sprains and strains
  • Treatment for shock and poisoning
  • How to treat and bandage wounds and other injuries
  • Recognising and treating concussion and compression
  • How to recognise and treat hypothermia and hyperthermia
  • How to treat electric shock and chemical burns

What will I receive on the online course?

Each participant will receive the following items in the post prior to the course:

  • First Aid Response (FAR) booklet
  • Student Pack
  • Pocket Face Mask
  • Key-ring Face Shield
  • Request Emergency Dispatch (RED) Card

In the interest of safety, the above items will be packaged by persons wearing appropriate personal protection equipment. These materials are additional resources and are not required to participate in the course

Training Method

Day 1 & Day 2 is online and instructor-led using video-conferencing and will cover all the theory of the course. This enables learners to ask questions and interact with the instructor and other course participants in real time. The course materials will be shared onscreen in real time and the practical components of the course will be demonstrated in a series of videos.

Day 3 of the course will be held on our premises (29 Lesson Street Upper, Dublin 4)* and learners will practice the practical elements demonstrated on Day 1 and Day 2 and complete an examination.

*If you wish to complete the FAR course outside of Dublin please click on the appropriate Division page or email


Learners will be assessed on their practical skills and complete a MCQ (Multiple Choice Question) exam on Day 3 of the course.

Covid-19 Information

Our premises will be kitted out so learners will complete the practical and the exam in their own clear-plastic Perspex pod.

Practical materials such as bandages will be new and unopened. Learners may take these items home with them or dispose of them in the designated bin if they do not wish to keep them.

Manikins will be sanitised prior to the course by persons wearing appropriate PPE.

There will be strict social distancing measures in place regarding entering and exiting the hall and using the toilets.

As per the new guidelines issued by PHECC (the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council), learners will be examined on compression only CPR. This means learners will not blow in to the manikin (i.e. no mouth to mouth).

Max Number of Learners

The max number of instructor to learners is 1:8


A PHECC FAR certificate is issued to all successful participants (which is valid for 2 years).

A 2-day refresher course must be attended within this period to keep the certificate valid.


  • The cost of this course is € 325 per person
  • Discounts are available for groups.

Discounts are available for group bookings. For further information on discounts please email

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Headquarters contact details

St John Ambulance Ireland
29 Upper Leeson Street
Dublin 4
D04 PX94

tel: (0)1 668 8077

For local division contact details, please click here.

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.

Volunteer with 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.