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Duration: 1 day
Group size: 12
Per person: £85

We offer the 1 day Administering emergency medical gases (RQF) training course at our centre in Hailsham, East Sussex. We also run ‘on site’ courses at your premises or at a local venue of your choice.


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The QA Level 3 Award in Administering Emergency Medical Gases (RQF) is a regulated and nationally recognised qualification that has been specifically designed for those who have a responsibility for providing treatment to patients who need medical gases administering in prehospital environments.

During this 1 day course, candidates will learn how to safely administer emergency oxygen, pre-operational inspections for oxygen therapy equipment and the clinical need for oxygen therapy when dealing with a range of conditions.

Successful candidates will leave with the skills, knowledge and competencies needed to safely administer prompt and effective medical gases in an emergency situation.

Course content

Understanding the use of oxygen therapy, including:

Assessment method

The QA Level 3 Award in Administering Emergency Medical Gases (RQF) skills and knowledge should be taught and assessed in accordance with currently accepted skills for health principles in the UK.

Qualsafe Awards has devised assessment tools to make sure Learners are assessed against the required knowledge, skills and understanding.

Practical assessments
– observed by the Trainer throughout the course, with the results of each learning outcome recorded on the practical assessment paperwork

Theory – 1 workbook for each Learner

Qualification Overview

This qualification forms part of the QA Prehospital Care qualifications. It will provide the Learner with the knowledge and understanding to be able to administer emergency medical gases in a prehospital care setting. The qualification and learning outcomes are based on the recommendations of:

  • The Resuscitation Council (UK)
  • Assessment Principles for First Aid Qualifications
  • The British Thoracic Society
  • UK Ambulance Services Clinical Practice Guidelines 2019 (JRCALC)

Learners should be able to demonstrate the administration of safe, prompt and effective use of emergency medical gases which can arise when providing emergency treatment and/or management in prehospital care situations.

This qualification specification provides information for Centres about the delivery of the QA Level 3 Award in Administering Emergency Medical Gases (RQF) and includes the unit information, assessment methods and quality assurance arrangements.

Aim of Qualification

The objective of the qualification is to benefit Learners through making sure they are competent to carry out their role and responsibilities, in line with agreed ways of working when administering emergency medical gases.

Note: This does not imply a ‘licence to practice’ – the scope of practice will be determined by the organisation responsible for medical gases provision. This qualification does not allow a Learner to obtain, store or administer medical gases without clinical governance.

Intended Audience

This QA qualification is for people who have a specific responsibility to be able to safely administer and monitor the effects of emergency medical gases within their scope of practice in a prehospital environment.

This includes (but is not limited to) the following roles/personnel:

  • First aider operating in a high risk workplace such as:
    – in welding, flame cutting and similar processes
    – for helping people with breathing difficulties
    – in hyperbaric chambers as a medical treatment
    – for food preservation and packaging
    – in steelworks and chemical plants
  • Community first responders
  • Fire, police and other emergency services personnel

Entry Requirements

Learners must be at least 16 years old on the first day of the training. Before they can register on to this qualification, Learners must have:

  • Successfully completed a Level 3 First Aid at Work (QCF/RQF) (FAW) or QA recognised equivalent, and
  • Knowledge/awareness of an automated external defibrillator (AED) if it isn’t incorporated into the FAW

There are no other formal entry requirements but to benefit from the learning we advise that Learners have a minimum of Level 2 in literacy and numeracy or equivalent and a basic understanding of first aid.

Requalification Requirements

This qualification is valid for a period of 1 year. The Learner needs to retake the qualification before the certificate expiry date to remain qualified.


The QA Level 3 Award in Administering Emergency Medical Gases (RQF) qualification may be used towards other qualifications at the same and higher levels.

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