Tidal Training Direct Ltd. Statement regarding First Aid Qualifications. Important COVID-19: Statement from HSE and DfE relating to certificate expiry.

 As the current situation with COVID-19 quickly develops and further to the Prime Minister’s Statement last night, we have brought together all the current advice from the HSE and our awarding body, Qualsafe Awards. While advice is changing quickly, we hope that this helps you to stay informed and make informed decisions.

From the Health and Safety Executive and DfE

The Health and Safety Executive and Department for Education have released a statement, which extends the validity of various qualifications by 3 months, including Emergency First Aid at Work and First Aid at Work. This allows any requalifications to be postponed until a later date.


Health and Safety Executive statement

 The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is aware that people holding Offshore Medic (OM), Offshore First Aid (OFA), First Aid at Work (FAW) or Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) certificates nearing expiry date, might experience disruption to access to requalification training as a result of events or circumstances generated by the coronavirus pandemic.

HSE’s current guidance on the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981: https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l74.pdf and the Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (First-Aid) Regulations 1989 https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l123.pdf is that those holding an OM, OFA, FAW or EFAW qualification should undertake retraining before their original certificate expires and HSE strongly recommends that  employers, and individuals holding those qualifications should plan for requalification training well in advance of expiry dates.     

If however requalification training is prevented for reasons associated directly with coronavirus or by complying with related government advice, it is reasonable and practical to extend the validity of current certificates by up to 3 months.  Anyone taking advantage of this extension should be able to describe clearly their reasons for delaying requalification training, and demonstrate steps they have taken to undertake the training, if required.

This guidance comes into effect for certificates expiring on or after 16th March 2020. HSE will review this matter over the coming months and will issue further statements as necessary.

Department for Education statement

The Department for Education supports the HSE statement regarding the extension of first aid certificates during coronavirus emergency and that it can be applied to paediatric first aid certificates held by staff in early years provision.


At Tidal, public safety and supporting government protocol are paramount We are only undertaking essential training to support NHS and key staff.

The coming weeks and months will be a challenge for us all. As a diligent, robust and strong business, we can assure you, you will always have our very best service, professional care and attention you have come to expect from us. As always, please get in touch with any queries on 01242 371 999/799.

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Wishing you and your family the very best.

Stay well and please stay healthy.

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Alan Ible
Alan Ible
12:06 22 Oct 20
Thank you so much to the team at Tidal Training for the Emergency First Aid Training I received yesterday. As a small... business owner I needed to ensure I had someone in the office who could be on hand should something horrible happen to a staff member. I sent 2 colleagues on the training course last year and both were so glad they learnt the techniques to help. As such I decided I would also like to do this not just for work but incase I could be of assistance anywhere else. The training was fantastic and it gave me a feeling of comfort knowing if someone was to get into an accident or have a stroke/heart attack etc I could be of some help in the interim. I would advise that not only businesses do this course but people at home too who could be there if needed for a loved one or passer by. Thanks so much - Alanread more
Jonathan Moffitt
Jonathan Moffitt
15:26 24 Sep 20
Just attended an excellent one day first aid at work training course covering most things first aid including what to... and what not do. It was run by Tidal Training Direct Ltd. Well run and Covid secure for the attendees. Wendell (the instructor) was excellent.read more
Sarah Cooper
Sarah Cooper
11:57 18 Aug 20
I could not recommend Clare and her team highly enough. A fantastic organisation who put the welfare of people above... all. You will have the most lovely experience dealing with them and they will look after the whole process of your requirements professionally and smoothly. Would not go anywhere else for any training needs and would recommend to anyone.read more
Vanessa Freeman
Vanessa Freeman
12:52 11 Mar 20
LK Flooring thoroughly recommends Tidal Training. We had a very enjoyable day learning about skills that really... everyone should know about and how to deal with an emergency or injury in the workplace or on site. Thank you so much from LK Flooring Cheltenhamread more
Tonia Gerotoliou
Tonia Gerotoliou
12:22 02 Jan 20
I never had a first aid training course before so I was a bit uncertain and anxious as to what to expect. Tidal... Training made everything really simple to follow and to the point. It is always so important to know how to help others and I was glad to finish the course confident enough to do so if needed.read more
Fiona Smith
Fiona Smith
12:46 12 Dec 19
I recently attended an excellent First Aid course with Tidal Training. The training was first rate and I left feeling... confident that I could use the skills and knowledge learnt moving forwards. The day flew by as we were taught in a fun, encouraging way; I found the hands on exercises particularly useful. I'd highly recommend.read more
Hannah Bennett
Hannah Bennett
17:30 08 Dec 19
Tidal training are brilliant at working with you so you get the best you can from your training. They are very... understanding of any needs you may have and look after you from start to finish. The training itself is relevant and taught in a manner appropriate to the group. There is a good mix of practical and theory is taught in an interactive way. The staff are very helpful and very knowledgeable. Would highly reccomend to anyone.read more
Martyn Powell
Martyn Powell
11:59 03 Dec 19
“Midway Transitional Solutions Limited have worked closely with Tidal Training Direct Ltd since the company was... formed in 2016. The training provided is exemplary with nothing but positive feedback from all staff involved. Their staff are highly qualified, articulate and engaging trainers with a wealth of experience”read more
16:53 27 Aug 19
As a consultant I recently coordinated training for one of my clients. I couldn't have wished for a better trainer than... the one that Tidal provided. Ive found Tidal to be very efficient and the customer service has been outstanding throughout the way. If you want a reliable training provider that provides quality and value to your company the I definitely recommend Tidal.read more
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