First Response training

The Scout Association has announced updates to the First Response training module. Under the new training guidelines the Refresher course is no longer available, all volunteers must therefore complete the full six hours of training to renew the First Response certificate.

Until face-to-face Scouting is back to normal (green) it is not possible to deliver First Response training where elements of it (for example CPR) are required to be demonstrated by participants in order to validate the training.

This means there will be an accumulation of volunteers requiring First Response training once normal face-to-face Scouting returns and so in order to reduce the impact of this, First Aid certificates that expired after face-to-face Scouting was suspended will be extended for six months from when normal face-to-face Scouting returns.

In the meantime, to help reduce the time that will be required to catchup with the accumulation of volunteers requiring training, it is now possible to complete the theory parts of the training online. Berkshire Scouts have joined other Scout counties in taking advantage of an online programme developed by Hampshire Scouts.

Berkshire Scouts supports online training in two modules. A theory module (two online sessions) and a practical module:

Module 10A – Theory 1 (online course)

(delivered via Hampshire Scouts module)

Click this link for the e-learning session – complete the enrolment and follow the online instructions for the (approx) two hours e-learning session. The course can be completed in sections and saved. On completion of all sections, submit the form (selecting ‘Berkshire’) so your progress can be recorded by our County Administrator. 

Module 10A – Theory 2 (via Zoom)

(delivered by Berkshire Scouts trainers)

Complete an interactive online session with a First Response trainer (via Zoom). Courses can be booked via the Training Diary.

On completion of First Response Theory 1 and 2, Module 10A will be validated on Compass.

Module 10B – Practical

(to be delivered by Berkshire Scouts trainers at a time to be confirmed)

Volunteers to attend a short practical session (approx 30 minutes) to validate the practical elements of the training. Module 10A (parts 1 and 2) should be completed prior to attending this training.

On completion, Module 10B will be validated on Compass and a full First Response certificate issued. This will be valid for three years.

If you have any queries regarding the above process, including the six months extension, please contact:
County Administrator

The following table is a summary of the full course:

Theory 1Requirede-learningLink to e-learning session
(approx two hours)
Theory 2RequiredZoom theory
(with FR trainer) 
Book via Training Diary
PracticalRequiredPracticalLocal practical sessions available when normal (green) face-to-face Scouting returns.

How to get involved

Register interest in volunteering or join our youth programme