Does an employer require a first-aid certificate to comply with the first-aid regulations?

Employers are not required to obtain a first-aid certificate themselves, or to ensure that employees designated as first aiders hold a particular certificate. However, under the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 (SI 1981/917) a person will be suitable to be designated as a first aider only if he or she has undergone such training and has such qualifications as may be appropriate in the circumstances.

Prior to 1 October 2013, the Regulations required training and qualifications for designated first aiders to be approved by the Health and Safety Executive. This requirement no longer applies, but certification that the first aider has undergone such approved training, with refresher training every three years, will assist the employer in demonstrating that it has made adequate first-aid provision to meet its obligations under the Regulations.