16 hour Outdoor First Aid

This qualification is designed to meet the needs of those working away from immediate assistance (more than 30 mins) in the remote and rural regions of the UK. This Outdoor First Aid qualification is externally regulated and meets the standards to appear upon the national qualifications frameworks of England and Wales.  This course is recognised throughout the UK and is the course of choice for experienced practitioners who use the outdoors.  

It is suitable for workers in rural and remote settings and will maintain the license to practice for those with Outdoor National Governing Body Instructor awards. 

As such it satisfies the requirements for Ski instructors, Snowboard instructors, Mountain bike coaches, Mountain leaders.

It is accepted and respected by ALL National Governing Bodies in the UK, MCI, RCI, BCU, BASI, SSE, MIAS, etc It is suitable for DofE leaders, school teachers, Forest Schools, anyone who has an interest in the great outdoors.

The course meets the requirements of the Institute for Outdoor Learning Statement of Good Practice for Outdoor First Aid Training at Band 3. This is hosted upon the Institute for Outdoor Learning website.

This is the qualification needed if you become a mountain bike coach, or a climbing coach


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Topics include; roles & responsibilities, dealing with collapse (with and without breathing), choking, bleeding, shock, major illnesses, torso and limb injuries, environmental effects, heat and cold injuries, using first aid kit, outdoor specific scenarios and outdoor incident management, answering queries such as when or how to remove boots, helmets and looking after a casualty for some hours.

This qualification is designed to provide outdoor incident management skills.  Typical delivery methods are predominantly practical, with elements occurring out of doors in outdoor clothing and on various terrains.  The course is assessed by continual observation of candidate performance.


Qualification training requires

  • Minimum tutor contact time of 16 hours (excluding breaks)
  • 1:12 tutor to candidate ratio maximum
  • Successful completion will result in candidate gaining ITC Level 3 Award in Outdoor First Aid with a valid (licence to practice) lifetime of 3 years from date of completion
  • The qualification is revalidated by attending another similar course after 3 years

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  1. L

    I did my MIAS course with Mini and I would definitely recommend. Mini was extremely fun, enthusiastic and approachable, as well as highly knowledgeable and competent in the content. He had fantastic knowledge about the local area too which added even more to the course and overall experience.
    He has a great ethos and makes you feel very welcome and included.

  2. TD

    Awesome people doing what they ❤️. Mini is so knowledgeable and patient . Thank you 🙏

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