1st Response training

Training for all volunteers to give first aid and manage emergency situations

1st Response is Girlguiding's own first aid course

It will train you to provide first aid to members in emergencies - in or outside of your unit meeting place. The course was created specifically for members of Girlguiding and The Scout Association.

What will I learn?

  • Gain simple life-saving first aid skills that are relevant to your role.
  • Develop the confidence and skills required to cope with emergency and first aid situations.
  • Understand how to manage these emergencies.

See the full 1st Response syllabus for details of everything the course covers.

For some outdoor activity qualifications you will need to complete a 16-hour first aid course. See the individiual pages for outdoor activities under our activity finder for more details.

What you need to do

You will need to attend a local training session for 1st Response and complete the 1st Response e-learning.

The 1st Response training session can be delivered both in-person or virtually using an online platform. The training is 6 hours long and can de delivered in one day or split into 3 x 2-hour sessions. Anyone attending a virtual training will need to meet a trainer in-person to complete some practical elements. 

The e-learning can be completed before or after the full training course, and must be completed in order to be recognised as a first aider in Girlguiding. 

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Who should take this course?

Everyone in a volunteer role with us is encouraged to complete 1st Response training. It's especially useful for commissioners, leaders, young leaders, unit helpers and unit occasional helpers. Rangers can do the course as part of their personal development.

The following members are required to attend the training:

  • Volunteers completing the Leadership qualification without a valid equivalent first aid qualification
  • Commissioners

One person at every unit meeting must have a valid first aid qualification. Find out more about requirements for named first aiders in your unit.

If you already have a first aid qualification, you may not need to attend our 1st Response course. Find out what external first aid qualifications are accepted by Girlguiding as equivalent to 1st Response.

How long will it take?

  • E-learning: 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Training session: 6 hours or 3 x 2 hour sessions.

Refreshing your training

Your 1st Response training is valid for 3 years. You'll need to redo the full 6 hour training course and e-learning in order to make sure your training is up to date to keep all members safe.

After you've done the training

Your GO record will show you’ve done it and six months before it is due to expire you will be sent a reminder that you need to redo the training.

How much will it cost?

The cost of the course will vary from area to area and training may be free in some places. You can claim these costs back from your unit.

Speak to your unit leader, commissioner, training adviser or Leadership qualification mentor for advice about paying for your course.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in attending a 1st Response training, speak to your unit leader, commissioner, training coordinator or Leadership qualification mentor, who will be able to let you know what upcoming training events are planned in your area. Alternatively trainings may be listed on your county or region website.