National Safety Centre are pleased to announce, that as a recognised PHECC Institution, we are now approved to offer FAR courses. 

The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC), since the 1st November 2016, are the appointed statutory body to administer the training of First Aid Response (FAR) practitioners and assess First Aid Response Instructors, by the Health and Safety Authority.

All existing Occupational First Aid Instructors must attend a Recognition of Prior Learning Course to become a PHECC FAR Instructor. This operation will take a few months to complete.

Both OFA and FAR Instructors can deliver QQI OFA courses and PHECC FAR courses until the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) announce the changeover date to PHECC FAR courses this year.

Please note both OFA and FAR courses have dual recognition until the HSA, PHECC and QQI agree a transition date. Eventually, the PHECC FAR course will be the only recognised qualification. We will keep you posted when the date is announced. 

The table below details the changesfrom the QQI OFA course to the PHECC FAR course. 

Transition of Occupational First Aid to FAR


(Call Save) 1850 234 600

+353 18225963





We will keep you informed of the date when the changeover
from OFA to FAR will be mandatory.

If you require any more information, please contact us.