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Training during COVID 

Updated 22nd June 2021.

In Wales we are still able to travel to work (if you can't work from home) and to essential work based training. As such we will continue to deliver our essential training courses, which saves lives in the workplace and eases the strain on the NHS.  

We're continuing to follow all government guidelines and we're applying additional safety measures at each of our training centres.

These includes limiting class sizes to ensure social distancing and ensuring we maintain rigorous manikin sanitising for CPR practise where required. On attending a course at one of our centres, you will also be asked to wear a mask that must be worn at all times whilst moving around the premises, or where a 2m distance can not be maintained.

You can find the full list of measures below. 

Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 should not attend training and instead inform us by giving our team a call on 0345 678 5646

Government guidance is changing regularly, please check back here for any updates.


Will rescue breaths be taught on first aid courses?

St John Ambulance Cymru are members of The First Aid Quality Partnership, who have released the below statement:

In response to the increased prevalence of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases and the increased transmission of the new variants, the First Aid Quality Partnership (FAQP) and HSE supports the position of Resuscitation Council UK that practical demonstration of rescue breaths may be omitted from first aid training courses, as a precautionary measure while CoVid transmission rates remain high.

As of 17th February 2021, due to the high transmission rates of COVID-19, St John Ambulance Cymru has taken the decision to temporarily, cease physical demonstration and assessment of rescue breaths on our first aid courses. We will continue to teach the theory of rescue breaths, but without the physical demonstration. This is a temporary change and will be reviewed regularly. 

Due to the evidence surrounding the importance of rescue breaths for children, we will continue to demonstrate and assess rescue breaths on our assessed paediatric first aid courses.


How will this affect my booking?

Your booking will should not be affected as all our essential training courses are still running and we are adhering to government guidelines. 

Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 should not attend training and instead inform us by giving our team a call on 0345 678 5646


Training on your premises

We are still able to offer training at your premises, as long as your Organisation is currently allowed to be open.

Your premises must meet government guidelines in terms of social distancing etc. In addition all course attendees will be asked to wear a mask if a 2m distance can not be maintained. If you have a booking in place but feel your premises is not appropriate to use, please contact the team asap on 0345 678 5646 or email

What if I have booked on a training course, but I can’t make it now?

Courses are in high demand at the moment and we have limited spaces. If you know you are not going to be able to attend the course please let us know ASAP before the course.

Call 0345 678 5646 or email


Travelling to your course

Government guidance for staying safe whilst travelling to your training centre can be found here.


How we're making training with us safe

Our team is working really hard making sure our training centres continue to be safe and are ready to take care of you and your teams.

When will we be open for training?  

Our training centres across Wales are now open and adhering to strict Welsh Government guidance.

The safety of our delegates is paramount and so if the Welsh Government advice changes, we will support this.

Further advice we will be following includes:

Public Health Wales
Health & Safety Executive

Paediatric First Aid Certificate Extended

How will we be keeping you safe?

We've implemented the following measures to ensure you and your delegates will be safe in our training centres:

Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 will be asked to not attend training - A free transfer to a future course will be provided

Hand sanitiser is readily available - all entering our centres will be asked to use this
We may check your temperature before you enter our classrooms - making sure everyone is well and able to take part
You will be asked to wear a mask   Please bring you own mask. Masks must be worn at all times when moving around the building and where a 2m distance can not be maintainned.
Implemented strict social distancing measures - will be in place at all times
Reduced student numbers - making social distancing easier
Staggered break times - limiting the amount of people mixing
Maintaining rigorous manikin cleaning - all manikins contain a one way valve and are sanitised after each use
Continuing to provide gloves - for relevant training sessions
Our trainers will remain socially distant from students


But where can I train? What do I do if my certificate is going to expire soon?
We've got all the answers to these questions and more below!

Where can I train?

All our venues are open, please check our website for a full list. Website -

Which courses will I be able to book?

All of them! Our entire range of courses will be available to book, although you should only book onto training that is a required part of the work or operation of your business (e.g. is necessary for compliance with health and safety or other legislation).

Will you still be providing on-site training?

Yes, providing you are able to meet and adhere to the required social distancing and infection control measures at your site and all delegates wear masks where appropriate and where a 2 meter social distance can't be maintained.
Please note: minimum delegate numbers apply.

Where can I purchase first aid supplies?

Looking to stock up or replace expired supplies? We've got you covered!
We continue to supply first aid kits, defibrillators, PPE and more. 

Order your supplies here

My certificate has expired or is about to, what can I do?

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) certificate extension

First Aid at Work and Emergency First Aid at Work certificates which expired after 16 March 2020 are valid until 31 October 2020 or 6 months from date of expiry, whichever is later.
All requalification training for these certificates should be completed by 31 March 2021.

To qualify for the extension:

Employers must be able to demonstrate they have made every effort to arrange requalification training as soon as possible and can explain in detail why they have not been able to do so.

For example, they must show evidence that staff with expired certificates are booked on to EFAW or FAW requalification courses, if requested by an inspector.

More information about which certificates have been extended and how long for can be found on the HSE website:Has my first aid certificate been extended?

What can I do to refresh my skills before I attend my next training course?

Our friends at St John Ambulance in England are giving first aiders free access to their online e-learning First Aid at Work annual update course for a limited time.

The e-learning course will help first aiders keep on top of their first aid skills, refresh their knowledge either in the workplace or at home until our face-to-face training courses resume.

Please note: The e-learning course doesn't replace or update your current qualification. You will still need to complete your requalification course for a new and valid certificate.

 Click to register and gain access to the e-learning update 

Why train with us?

Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, our volunteers have been on the front line providing vital support in communities across Wales.

Profits from the sale of our training courses and supplies help fund our charitable work, including; community and schools first aid training, running youth programmes, where children and young people can be taught the skills they need to save a life as well as developing their personal and professional skills.

Thank you for your continued patience. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.




Welcome to St John Ambulance Cymru



Why choose St John Ambulance Cymru as your training provider?

Apart from training with a name you can trust to ensure your staff receive quality training we offer our customers...

  • Free advice service, over the phone or we will come to you
  • Your staff can attend at one of our conveniently located training centres or we will come to you and train on your premises
  • Qualified trainers who can draw on their personal first aid and health and safety experience
  • All inclusive costs - no hidden extras
  • Full range of courses and supplies - your one-stop shop
  • We send you reminders when your staff are due to renew their certificates.
  • Online booking system, so you can check availability and book instantly at a click of a button
  • We have your back - if your staff use their first aid skills outside the workplace when your insurance doesn't cover them, we will.

Did you know?

Profits from the sale of our training courses and supplies help fund our charitable work, including:

  • Community and Schools first aid training
  • Running youth programmes, where children and young people can be taught the skills they need to save a life as well as developing their personal and professional skills

When choosing to train with St John Ambulance Cymru you'll get exceptional service, be supporting your community and you'll be meeting your corporate social responsibility goals!