You have 3 routes you can take, you can either take the Regulated qualifications route or the Voluntary accreditation route or the independent training provider route who operates independently of any accreditation.
So whats the difference between the 3 options?.
Regulated qualifications are delivered by training centres recognised by an awarding organisation and we here at Warwickshire First Aid Training are an approved centre with Qualifications Network.
These AOs are regulated by national regulators such as Ofqual in England, Qualifications Wales in Wales, and SQA in Scotland and must meet standards required for design, delivery, and award of qualifications. AOs have dedicated quality assurance processes to approve and monitor their approved training centres.
Voluntary Accreditation scheme is training providers such as St Johns Ambulance, Red Cross, and St Andrews. They will have quality assurance processes and will monitor their training staff to deliver first aid training as per voluntary accreditation scheme guidelines.
Independent Providers have to meet the criteria laid down by UK Resuscitation Council and HSE (first aid) guidelines and have their own quality assurance processes in place to maintain compliance.