1st Response training resources

Train members to be confident and skilled at providing support in medical emergencies

Girlguiding has two first aid courses - 1st Response and the 1st Response Refresher

These courses are designed so that they can easily be delivered by any adult with the appropriate skills and qualifications. 

Who can deliver 1st Response?

To deliver any 1st Response course, you must have:

  • a Girlguiding Trainer Qualification or any adult teaching or training qualification - for example - a sports coaching qualification
  • a current, valid first aid qualification which has covered all of the elements shown in the 1st Response syllabus, and an assessment (the knowledge can be gained over multiple courses)
  • up-to-date first aid knowledge - you must be able to answer questions from participants.

Doctors and nurses can also run 1st Response courses if they can show their Commissioner current experience of first aid skills by providing evidence in their professional training portfolio.

1st Response training can also be provided by two people who together fulfil the above requirements. For example, if you hold a 16-hour first aid qualification, but do not hold an adult teaching qualification, you can work with a Girlguiding Trainer to deliver these sessions.

If you're unable to find enough 1st Response instructors, don't forget that there may be volunteers who fit the above criteria in your area - so always ask your local team.

Delivering 1st Response training

The full 1st Response course lasts six hours, and the refresher course lasts two hours. It's important to download and follow the standard course plans below, rather than deliver your own variation of the training. 

The following printable resources support activities within the 1st Response course.

Certificates to give to participants can be obtained by contacting the local county badge secretary.