New Courses for 2021

We are pleased to announce a heap of new courses and regulated qualifications for January onwards. These include:

Regulated First Aid

SQA accredited with a mix of distanced learning online via Google and face to face practical sessions in a ‘covid-secure’ environment.

  • Emergency First Aid at Work – basic first aid for life-threatening emergencies
  • First Aid at Work – for higher risk environments including secondary schools
  • Paediatric First Aid – recommended for anyone working in Early Years and would replace any current FAW qualification

Outdoor First Aid

ELC accredited 2 day course – fully outdoors.

SQA Accredited First Aid for Mental Health

1 day and 2 day distanced learning courses available (SCQF Level 5 and 6). You can jump in at any level without the need for prior learning or experience.


Lowland Leader Award qualifications, accredited by Mountain Training. Full course outdoors.

Our courses are also available to non ELC staff. Joining instructions for each course clearly set out the pre-requisites and any regulatory/assessment requirements for the qualification.

All training hours contribute to any required CPD/CLPL hours. Waiting lists are available for MiDAS and Cycling training.

Get ahead of the game and view our full Course Calendar here.

Is it Learning Outdoors or Outdoor Learning?

In these new challenging COVID times the Outdoor Learning Service teachers have changed the way we work and we now spend most of our time teaching curriculum topics outdoors in school grounds.  We’ve been promoting this as our Outdoor Teacher in Residence Programme.

This way of working allows us to teach pupils in a COVID ‘safer’  teaching space, and helps class teachers see that learning outdoors does not need to be as hard,  scary or unpleasant as they may think!

At the end of each teaching block we get the class teachers we’ve worked with for their feedback,  including; what’s worked well, what types of pupils have benefitted the most and whether the experience has encouraged them to get out more with their class.

The following response from a teacher in one of my recent schools I think says a lot …

Q.  Having participated in this block of outdoor teaching do you think you are now more or less likely to use the outdoors as a learning space (or just the same!).  Please give an explanation of why this is. *

A. I think I am more likely to use the outdoors as an outdoor classroom. Perhaps in the past I have felt I needed to be using the outdoors for outdoor learning rather than just using the space available as a learning space. These sessions have given me more confidence to do this.

Absolutely brilliant, and just what we are hoping this different way of working would achieve.  As outdoor educators I think we too often miss stressing the obvious because we’re so close to it.

‘Covid Update for First Aiders’ Webinar: Wednesday 28th October 2020

Our next ‘Covid Update for First Aiders’ Webinar will be on 28th October, 4.00-5.00pm. The event is free and will be hosted on Google. A link to the event will be sent by email on the day of the course.

Please not this is NOT a replacement for a first course but will give you essential information on how to reduce covid transmission whilst administering first aid treatment.

Get your ticket now using this Eventbrite link:

HSE Extension to First Aid Certificates

The Health and Safety Executive has advised of the following changes to certificate expiry dates:

Current Expiry DateNew Expiry Date
16th March 2020 – 30th April 202031st October 2020
1st May 2020 – 30th September 2020+ 6 months
1st October 2020 – 31st March 202131st March 2021
1st April 2021 onwardsNo change

If you are waiting to book onto your revalidation course, you must make an effort to keep your first aid skills up to date. Re-read your course manual or visit one of the following websites for a wee refresher:

To remain Covid-safe, we are offering a model of blended learning with our first aid courses. You can view our course calendar here.

Reminder: Places left on this week’s Covid webinar

This week’s ‘Covid Updates for First Aiders’ webinar booked up very quickly. To secure your place on the next one visit our Eventbrite page:

Wednesday 14th October 4.00-5.00pm via Google Meet.

We’ll highlight key adaptations to first aid practices during the coronavirus outbreak which can minimise the risk of spread of infection and protect public health. Places are limited and will be issued on a first come, first served basis.