The FA Emergency Aid (EA) Course

The FA Emergency Aid course aims to provide the participant with the knowledge, practical skills and confidence to be able to attend a conscious or unconscious casualty, ensuring that appropriate care is given until the emergency medical services arrive and takeover, or until an alternative healthcare professional(s), assumes responsibility for the casualty. It will offer basic advice on how to limit the effects of injury and promote recovery.

Course duration
3 hours

Course pre-requisites:
Participants must be a minimum of 16 years old on the date of the start of the course.

Who is it for?
The course is for individuals, e.g. team managers, coaches, teachers, parents, volunteers and others, who have the responsibility for the provision of basic life support. It is highly recommended that course participants undertake the FA Basic First Aid for Sport (BFAS) course to complement the skills they acquire during this course. Accreditation of prior learning (APL) is awarded for the Emergency Aid component of the BFAS course (providing the BFAS course is undertaken within six months of completion of the Emergency Aid course).

Course content:

  • Principles of first aid
  • Emergency action planning
  • Reacting to an incident/approaching a casualty
  • Primary survey/secondary survey
  • The recovery position
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for adults/children
  • Use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s)
  • Choking
  • Asthma
  • Head Injuries
  • After an emergency incident

Currency of qualification
Due to the nature and responsibility associated with first aid provision, and in line with current UK guidelines, the currency of this certificate for use as a first aid qualification will be limited to three years. However, it is strongly advised that the Emergency Aid course is undertaken on an annual basis as a form of ‘refresher’ training. To remain qualified and ‘in date’ the holder must complete a further FA Emergency Aid course within the final three months prior to expiry of the qualification.

How to apply
In order to book an FA Emergency Aid course for your club/ organisation, please contact your local County Football Association for information.