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Can You Do a First Aid Course Online? The Pros and Cons

There is no doubt that first aid skills are important. In an emergency, you may be the only person who can help. That's why it's a good idea to know how to do first aid.

But what if you don't have time to attend a course in person? Can you do your first aid training online? In this post, we will explore the pros and cons of online first aid (and CPR) courses.

We'll cover:

  • What is a first aid course and what do you learn in it?

  • The pros of doing a first aid course online

  • The cons of doing a first aid course online

  • Do you take a first aid course online or in person?

So let's get started!


What is a first aid course and what do you learn in it?


A first aid course is a training program that teaches people how to provide basic emergency life support, medical assistance and treatment.

The objectives of a first aid course vary depending on the country in which it is being offered, but typically include instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), using a defibrillator (AED), and basic wound (bleeding and trauma) care.




First aid training courses may also include instruction in how to deal with specific medical emergencies, such as heart attacks, strokes, snake, spider or animal bites.

In most cases, first aid training courses are designed for laypeople, rather than medical professionals.


This is because the goal of a first aid course is to provide people with the skills and knowledge they need to deal with medical emergencies in a calm and effective manner, rather than to teach them how to diagnose or treat illnesses.

First aid training courses typically last for a few hours, and are often offered by community organisations, such as Red Cross or St. John Ambulance, or a registered training organisation like FANTA.


Some employers may also offer first aid training to their employees.


The pros of doing a first aid course online


While most first aid courses are offered in person, there are a growing number of online first aid courses available.


These courses typically use a combination of videos, animations, and interactive exercises to teach first aid skills.

So, can you do your first aid course online? The answer is yes – but there are some things you should keep in mind before enrolling in an online course.

One of the biggest advantages of taking an online first aid course is convenience. You can complete the course at your own pace, and don’t have to commit to attending a set number of in-person classes.


This is especially helpful if you have a busy schedule or live in a remote area.


You still receive your first aid certificate after successful completion of your online training course! (Make sure you check with a registered training organisation on this!)


Another benefit of online first aid training courses is that they tend to be more affordable than in-person courses. This is because online courses don’t require the same level of instructor training, and don’t involve renting space or equipment.


The cons of doing a first aid course online


However, there are some disadvantages to taking an online learning first aid course. One of the biggest is that you won’t have the opportunity to practice your skills with other people.

This can be a problem if you find yourself in a situation where you need to use your first aid abilities and skills, but haven’t had the chance to practice them.


Another disadvantage of online first aid courses is that they can be less comprehensive than in-person courses (a practical assessment may be hard to come by!)


This is because it’s difficult to cover all the material that would typically be taught in an in-person course in an online format. As a result, you may not learn all the first aid knowledge and skills you need to know to deal with a medical emergency.


Take a first aid course online or in person?


So, should you take an online first aid course? The answer really depends on your needs and preferences.

If you want the convenience of being able to complete the course at your own pace, and don’t mind not having the opportunity to practice your skills with other people, then an online course may be a good option for you.


However, if you want to make sure you learn all the skills you need to know to deal with a medical emergency, you may be better off taking an in-person course.

Whichever option you choose, make sure you do your research to find a reputable and comprehensive course that follows nationally recognised training.

Remember - with FANTA, you get:

  • Nationally recognised training and CPR course

  • Practical demonstration (unless you do online learning)

  • Your first aid certificate / qualifications

  • Use Skype from your own home

First aid online learning / refresher course


You may think that since first aid is such an important life skill, it would be better to take an in-person course so you can get the most comprehensive education possible.

This is true but... you may also live in a remote area where accessing a major city is difficult.


In this case taking an online first aid course instead makes a lot of sense. Plus you should be able to do a first aid refresher course online as well.


The easiest way to get started right now is by contact FANTA here.

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