Forestry First Aid (+F)

The Forestry First Aid course is aimed at those who work with chainsaws and other hazardous equipment and is requirement of many insurers for tree surgeons, arborists, landscape gardeners and those who work on Forestry Commission Land.

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Course Information


The Forestry First Aid (+F) course requires 7 hours of teaching time. This can be taught over 1 day, 2 half-days or evening sessions. Split courses attract an extra charge. 

Any breaks are taken are in addition to the teaching time  


Assessment is in the form of practical exercises and 2 straightforward multiple-choice papers. Candidates must pass both elements in order to qualify.  

Please note that candidates must be able to perform exercises at floor level where required. It is a requirement of all regulated courses that the candidate should be able to communicate effectively with Emergency Services and, although this is not assessed formally, your instructor must be satisfied that this is the case. As such, all the question papers are in English and a reader will be provided if candidates have literacy concerns or learning difficulties. 


Once qualified, candidates receive 2 certificates which are both valid for 3 years, at the end of which candidates will need to attend a one-day Forestry First Aid (+F) course to requalify. It is recommended by HSE that all first aiders should do an annual 3-hour refresher course to keep their skills up-to-date. 


We book a maximum of 12 people per trainer. Larger groups can be accommodated with additional trainers.  



Costs (all plus VAT)

At your premises National London Postcode
6 delegates £580.00 £665.00
12 delegates £690.00 £775.00
24 delegates £1,130.00 £1,300.00

Alternatively, we run regular open courses in Hastings and Maidstone at a charge of £130.00 per person.

Please note that transport charges for off-shore courses will be charged at cost.

Course Content 

  • First Aid and the Law
  • Incident Management
  • Acting safely including prevention of cross-infection
  • Recording incidents
  • Safe use of First Aid equipment
  • Unconscious Casualty management including recovery position
  • CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)
  • AED usage
  • Seizures
  • Wounds & bleeds including tourniquets and Haemostatic dressings
  • Shock
  • Burns
  • Crush injuries 
  • Lyme disease 
  • Temperature related illnesses 
  • Snake bite


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