Starting a First Aid Training Business can be a daunting thing to do, so to help you on your way and hopefully answer some of the questions we are often asked, here are 5 Steps To Starting A First Aid Training Business.
1. Get Qualified
Become a first aid trainer, this should be fairly self evident. However, you need to be both experienced at being a first aider, and passionate about first aid and the benefits of teaching the skills to others to be a good first aid trainer. Without these ‘qualifications’ you will not be credible with your students, or an inspiring trainer.
First Aid Trainers all need to have a current First Aid at Work (or equivalent) qualification, and a teaching qualification. There are many variations on these including: PGCE, Level 4 PTTLS Award – more recently replaced by an Education and Training (EAT) Award, or the new Level 3 Award in Teaching and Assessing First Aid Qualifications.
First Aid Trainers also need to hold an accredited Assessor Award, as they are both trainers, and assessors. For many trainers this forms part of their training qualification e.g. the new Level 3 Award in Teaching and Assessing First Aid Qualifications covers both aspects. Our Trainer’s Induction Week, includes training in all of these areas. We combine a First Aid at Work course with the Level 3 Award in Teaching and Assessing First Aid Qualification over the course of a week to ensure that you are fully up to date with relevant qualifications
Lastly, trainers must also have demonstrable Industry or Occupational Competence or Experience in the sector in which they are planning to teach first aid. For example, a Football or Athletics Coach would be suitable for delivering Sports First Aid, but may not be Competent to deliver Paediatric First Aid Courses.
2. Get Kitted Up
You will need to purchase a certain amount of equipment in order to deliver first aid courses, a suggested basic ‘starter pack’ is:
- CPR Manikins
- AED Trainers
- Bandages of various types
- Other first aid kit such as foil blankets
- Kneeling mats
- Gym Mats for students to lie on
Depending on how you will deliver your training, you may also need (Make sure all of your electrical equipment is PAT Tested too):
- A projector or TV
- A laptop or tablet
- IT and Extension Cables
- A flipchart stand
- Flipchart Paper and pens
You’ll also need to consider how you are going to transport all of this equipment around – A large estate car or small van would be considered a minimum requirement.
Lastly, you will need to consider how you are going to resource your training – are you planning to create your own course resources, or use those of another organisation? If you are going to create and produce your own, you will also need a good quality printer and scanner.
Our Associate Member trainers all provide their own equipment as first aid training businesses, however First Aid Training Co-operative provides a full set of course resources and other training aids for every course that our Associate Member training team deliver, as well as providing various free to download resources for visitors to our website, and a full suite of training videos available on our YouTube channel.
Ready to get started?
Being a first aid trainer can be a very rewarding vocation. By becoming a trainer through First Aid Training Co-operative’s supportive and comprehensive pathway, you can reap the benefits of a new, fulfilling career.
To get started, join our Free Email Course: 5 Steps to Starting a First Aid Training Business.
3. Make Sure You Are Industry Compliant
There are various regulations and legalities that need to be adhered to. Some are relevant to all businesses such as Data Protection regulations, Insurances, and Professional Memberships.
- You’ll also need to consider Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and put a plan in place for your on-going training and development as a trainer, as well as ensuring that you keep your qualifications such as First Aid at Work up to date.
- Student Registration needs to be taken care of in line with Data Protection regulations. Each student must be given access to an up to date and relevant course manual, and then provided with a certificate that states their name, the type of course, the date taken and validity period, and any other relevant information.
- Much of this and lots more should also be covered by your Quality Assurance process. This is something that you can both develop and evidence internally as a training organisation. Or pay for an external organisation to carry out Quality Assurance on your behalf – particularly relevant to sole trader businesses.
These various compliances can add a lot of cost and time resource to your day to day operations. The First Aid Training Co-operative covers all of these centrally for our Associate Members at no additional cost, while other organisations such as Awarding Organisations etc may charge for a comprehensive service like this.
4. Don’t Forget The Business Plan
Like any other business start up, you’ll need to consider how you are going to generate sales, manage clients, manage finances, other office systems and processes. Consider each of the following as a starter:
- Marketing – Do you need to build a website? What other marketing activity are you going to do? What about business branding and uniforms? How will you gather feedback?
- How are you going to deal with Sales? Taking payments and other important details, and giving your clients the information they need.
- What is your financial model and how are you going to fund your business in the start up phase? How will you generate invoices and pay suppliers? Will you do your own accounting or contract an accountant to help you?
- What is your growth plan, where do you want to be in 5 years time?
A business plan is essential for any business, and at the Co-operative we support our Associate Members in developing theirs and keeping it up to date. It is much simpler in our case however as the centralised business administration, marketing and sales systems, and financial administration means that Associate Members don’t need to worry about these aspects. Instead, we encourage and support trainers in developing their individual specialism or ‘niche’ within the market place and let us take care of the rest.
5. Go Out And Teach People To Save Lives!
Lastly, the most fun bit, get out there and teach everyday people to do something extraordinary. An inspirational and effective trainer will leave their students with the knowledge and skills to make good decisions when it matters most.
As you deliver more courses you’ll gain experience. Reflect on this experience to try and improve as a trainer and develop your skills. You may want to consider investing in yourself and up-skilling in order to broaden the range of courses you can offer.
As a business, you also have to try and grow; build your client base and work towards being viable. This can often take a few years, but with hard work and perseverance, first aid training can provide a rewarding and financially stable business to be proud of.
Remember to stay in contact with other training organisations out there too, share best practice and experiences. The First Aid Conference can be a great way of doing this and is worth attending for networking and CPD opportunities.
This list covers some of the common questions we get asked by people interested in starting their own first aid training business or becoming a first aid trainer. If you are interested in becoming an Associate Member of the First Aid Training Co-operative, head over to our trainer hub and download your information pack today.