First Aid Response Refresher (FAR-Refresher)

The 2-day FAR-Refresher course replaces the former Occupational First Aid-Refresher (OFA-R) 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.

What will I learn on our course?

  • Scene assessment and management
  • Patient assessment
  • 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

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

What will I receive on the course?

Each participant will receive the following items:

  • First Aid Response (FAR) booklet
  • Student Pack (this includes triangular bandage, roller bandage, wound dressing, sterile dressing, gloves)
  • Pocket Face Mask
  • Key-ring Face Shield
  • Request Emergency Dispatch (RED) Card

Are there any prerequisites?

To attend this course you must have a valid First Aid Response (FAR) certificate.  You do not have to have previously completed a FAR course with St John Ambulance – we welcome any person who has FAR certification.

How many people will be on the course?

There will be a maximum of eight people on the course

How will I be assessed?

Learners will be assessed on their practical skills and complete a MCQ (Multiple Choice Question) exam

What certificate will I receive?

Successful learners will be issued with a PHECC FAR certificate which is valid for 2 years

A 2-day refresher course must be completed before the cert expiry date to keep the certificate valid.

Where is the course located?

The course takes place on our premises on 29 Upper Lesson Street, Dublin 4, D04 PX94. For other locations please email

I am travelling by car, where can I park?

Free Parking is available on our premises (29 Upper Lesson Street, Dublin 4, D04 PX94 ) at the back of our building

I use Public Transport, where is the nearest Bus, Luas, DART or Dublin Bike station?

We are located on 29 Lesson Street Upper, Dublin 4, D04 PX94. Please click the link below or download the file to see the nearest Bus, Luas, DART and Dublin Bikes stations.

How much does the course cost?

The course costs € 195 per person. Discounts are available is 3 or more people book the course. For further information on group discounts please email or ring 01 668 8077

How do I pay?

Payment can be made securely using the online booking form below.

If you wish to pay by Invoice, Bank Transfer or over the phone with a credit card, please email or ring 01 668 8077

What other people say about this course

I would just like to say that David gave a really good refresher course last week. I have done 3, this was my first SJAI and this was by the far the best. He explained everything consciously and to the point.

Completed course July 2021

The two days were excellent. The 2 facilitators were well experienced, engaging and encouraging of questions and input

Completed course May 2021

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