-F / Forestry First Aid


Qualification Overview

This -F / Forestry First Aid qualification is based on the Forestry Commission Guidance for those working with chainsaws in addition to either Emergency First Aid at Work or First Aid at Work courses for the purposes of the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981.

First Aid Risk Assessment. We have a new online calculator that can be used. Please click the calculator icon opposite to access it (if you need assistance with your risk assessment please contact us as we would be happy to help). Please note that this calculator does not cover the need for -F / Forestry qualifications.

Aim of Qualification

The aim of the qualification is to enable learners to attain the knowledge and competencies needed to deal with a range of emergency first aid situations specific to working outdoors, in remote locations and with chainsaws / machinery, focusing on preserving life and preventing conditions from worsening.

Learners should be able to demonstrate the practical administration of safe, prompt, effective first aid in emergency situations with an understanding of the role of the first aider.

Structure of the Qualification

Our instructors deliver this course in a dynamic way by relating the learning to the specific workplace, thereby making it not only relevant but interesting as well.

We have all heard stories of first instructors spending the whole course talking about what they have done and their opinions! Our instructors are not full of their own self importance and will go that extra bit further to ensure all candidates gain the knowledge they require in a fun and safe training environment.

This course will cover:

  • Emergency Planning in a Forestry Context
  • Lyme Disease – Causes, Signs, Symptoms & Treatment
  • Electrocution – Options in the event of a power line strike
  • Crush Injuries – Casualty Care / Treatment
  • Hypothermia & Hyperthermia – Signs, Symptoms & Treatment
  • Catastrophic Bleeding – Options including an overview of Tourniquets, Emergency Haemorrhage Control Bandages and Haemostatic Products.

Assessment and Certification

Candidates are assessed during the course on their practical skills. Don’t worry about these as our instructor will not assess your practical skills until you have had ample time to practice and get used to the techniques!

Certificates are valid for 3 years and ScJ Training will contact the candidates prior to the expiry date to remind them of the requirement to renew in order to maintain their certification. In order to renew you must attend another -F / Forestry First Aid course.

Note – The Forestry Commission and HSE are encouraging First Aid provision to be on a risk assessed basis and to that aim we are able to offer a tailored course to your particular industry that covers the areas you have risk assessed to be necessary. If you would like to discuss any of your thoughts or requirements please don’t hesitate to get in touch by using the contact us tab below.

Intended Audience

The qualification is designed for people who work in remote areas with potentially dangerous machinery including chainsaws and forestry machinery; who may need to provide First Aid care to themselves or others in an emergency situation.

This course is also popular for those who have a wish to work for the Forestry Commission or in a Forestry Related context.

For further information, availability and pricing please contact us.

1/2 Day – ScJ Training Course 




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ScJ Training is a member of the Forestry Industry Safety Accord and Sam Jones is a Registered FISA Trainer – Trainer No. 14027.


  • ‘Well presented!.– K.Jackson – ScJ Training – -F / Forestry First Aid Course

  • Very informative!.– L.Holliday – ScJ Training – -F / Forestry First Aid Course.

  • Interesting.– R.Johnson – ScJ Training – -F / Forestry First Aid Course.