The Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care is specifically designed for those who work in high-risk environments, in particular, those seeking a career in the emergency services, ambulance services or the events medical sector. ATR provide a FREC training course, which is recognised by both the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care (FPHC) and the Security industry Authority (SIA). FREC is a qualification on the Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) and is regulated by Ofqual.

ATR is an approved Qualsafe facility to provide the FREC Level 3 training course, with all of our experienced trainers, centre, policies and environment authorised to provide this first aid training course.

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(FREC 3)

The FREC system is modular-based, which enables delegates to progress through each level of FREC training (FREC 1 to FREC 7) if they choose to. The Level 3 First Response Emergency Care certificate meets the FPHC criteria for descriptor D, on the PHEM (Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine) skills framework.

The objective of this FREC training course is to give delegates the knowledge, awareness and practical skills needed to deal with a variety of pre-hospital emergency situations. ATR’s medically-experienced trainers will provide you with realistic scenario-based training exercises, as well as classroom-based learning, using principles of situational awareness and much more. By the end of the course, you will be able to demonstrate the practical administration of safe, effective and prompt pre-hospital care, in situations which can arise when providing emergency first aid treatment.

This course is suitable for:

  • Community first responders
  • Close Protection Operatives
  • Firefighters
  • Police officers
  • Events first aiders
  • Aid workers in hostile environments overseas
  • Offshore workers
  • Remote area or overseas workers (journalists, film crews, researchers, expedition leaders etc.)
  • Those working in high-risk environments

The FREC training course provided by ATR lasts for a period of 5 days. Although it is not compulsory, delegates are encouraged to undertake a minimum of 118 hours of self-directed study (including reading and applied practice).


This first aid course requires no previous training

This first aid course requires no previous practical first aid training, however, to get the most out of the course it is recommended that you attend a first aid training course of some description. Provided that delegates are prepared to apply themselves and undertake the recommended guided learning, they will walk away with the authorised FREC qualification.

Participants must be aged 17 and older in order to attend this first aid course.

Due to the assessments, appropriate literacy and numeracy skills are also required.

Those who already hold a Level 2 FPOS (intermediate) qualification (where the course has been taken in the last three years) can attend a 3-day FREC requalification course.

There are multiple-choice question papers on this FREC training course. There are also 15 practical assessments and skills tests for the following areas:

  • The respiratory system
  • The circulatory system
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for adults
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for children
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for infants
  • Airway management
  • Secondary survey
  • Unconscious patients
  • Wounds, bleeding and shock
  • Catastrophic bleeding
  • Burn severity
  • Management of fractures
  • Patient recovery form
  • Medical emergencies
  • Choking patients


3-year certification

A 3-year certificate of competence will be awarded to successful delegates. This FREC certificate is valid for three years, which can be revalidated by attending the aforementioned 3-day FREC refresher course.

Continuous assessment is applied throughout this FREC first aid course. ATR will offer consistent support before, during and after the qualification to ensure your guided learning hours will be completed successfully.


What other First Aid training courses are available?

We recognise the diverse nature of first aid needs, and as such, we offer a selection of other first aid courses that can be seamlessly incorporated into your training program. This flexibility allows individuals to tailor their training to specific contexts, ensuring relevance and practicality in their day-to-day lives or professional roles. Our courses are certified by Awarding Bodies.

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