Safe use of an Automated External Defibrillator (QAR)

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Qualification overview

This unregulated qualification forms part of the QA First Aid suite of qualifications. The qualification and learning outcomes are based on the recommendations of:

  • Resuscitation Council (UK)
  • Skills for Health Assessment Principles for First Aid Qualifications


The objective of the qualification is to benefit Learners by enabling them to attain the knowledge and practical competencies needed to deal with the use of an automated external defibrillation (AED).


The purpose of this qualification is to prepare the Learner to develop the skills and knowledge that are needed to safely use an AED

Intended audience

This qualification is for people who have specific responsibility at work, or in voluntary and community activities to be able to use an AED when dealing with an emergency situation.


This qualification is based on 4 guided learning hours * (see further information below). The details of the learning outcomes covered in the qualification can be found in Appendix 1.

<p.*The guided learning hours are provided as a guide to the estimated hours an average Learner would study to gain the qualification. We recommend that the minimum face to face time that the Safe Use of an Automated External Defibrillator (QAR) qualification should be delivered in is 3 hours as a stand alone course (including a break) or 1.5 hours (excluding breaks) as a bolt on to other first aid training that covers and assesses Adult CPR.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements but In order to benefit from the learning, Learners should possess communication skills sufficient to allow them to address the assessment requirements of this qualification. If the training is being delivered as a “bolt on”, evidence of Adult CPR competency must be obtained during an adjacent Qualsafe Awards qualification, such as the QA Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF) or the QA Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF), otherwise the CPR practical assessment record must still be completed.