Online, Blended or Offline training?

The internet has allowed learning to be offered in any home or business anywhere in the world, and as industry experts, we have completed valuable update training via distance learning. However we believe strongly that life saving skills can not be offered effectively via reading and videos, learners need a chance to put their training in to practice, and be assessed as competent face to face.

The Law

The Health and Safety Executive recommends all first aid training is carried out in a classroom setting.

E-learning and blended learning

For the purposes of first aid at work training, regardless of the training an employer selects (FAW, EFAW or some other appropriate training for the circumstances) HSE does not accept e-learning, blended learning or any other form of distance learning as a valid form of delivery.

Training must be delivered face to face. This allows for the hands on, practical approach necessary for first aid training.


Online vs ClassroomTraining

We only offer offline training, and here is why;

  • Life saving skills are to important to risk the learner not understanding
  • skills such as a recovery position, or understanding essential fire routes in a building can not be learnt by a video or reading a document.
  • Kinaesthetic learners need an opportunity to learn by doing, which is not accessible by videos and reading
  • Learners need a chance to practice their new found skills in real world settings specific to their needs.
  • Face to face learning allows Trainers to adapt training to the learners skill set, ensuring learning is engaging, and offering more support where needed.

We realise some clients aim to meet their legal requirements in as cost effective way as possible. However some areas are worth investing in. One of those areas is the lives of your employees, users. We have found distance learning results in learners being less likely to remember life saving skills in the long term.

We do not want to simply check that learners can regurgitate information immediately after learning it, but have an opportunity to demonstrate learning in as many ways as possible, via questioning, games and practical demonstration. Therefore classroom based training allows trainers to give face to face guidance and understand skill gaps to make training specific and relevant to the learner.

Online training is the same for all learners, no mater their background, and this can mean learners skimming information, or being disengaged with the learning material. This risks training becoming uneffective, and uninspiring for the learner.

We realise some learners enjoy reading, and watching videos, as offered by online and distant learning. Therefore we ensure we have interactive media, including powerpoints and videos, and clear and informative literature for all learners.


Online and distant learning can be considerably cheaper than classroom based training. There are websites offering online only courses that can mislead the client in to believing this meets their legal requirements. As stated in the HSE guidelines, this is not the case.

We believe when it comes to the lives of our learners, and those that they use their skills on, are incredible important and worth spending a little more. Safety failings by companies costs the economy Millions of Pounds each year, we ensure out clients meet their legal requirements via regulated qualifications.

Our verdict

Online training helps improve knowledge of live saving skills, and this is incredibly valuable. However the HSE does not currently recognise Online training in areas such as first aid, therefore we believe all our training should be carried out face to face.

We come to you, and we ensure our trainers offer support and guidance face to face to ensure learning is understood and competence can be confirmed.