Higher First Aid

Please note that there is currently no Higher First Aid course available. If you are interested, please contact firstaid@stjohn.org.sg to express your interest.


Higher First Aid Course with Methods of Instruction is a first aid trainer course. The objective of this course is to educate and equip the participants in higher first aid principles and first aid treatment algorithms which are when conducting First Aid provider courses. The topics and lectures are presented by subject matter experts currently in the medical healthcare and training industries.

A table of all Course Topics and Schedules can be found at the bottom of this page.

Pre-requisites for HFA Course

When applying, Applicant must:

  • be at least 21 years old;
  • possess and produce a valid Adult First Aid, Standard First Aid*, EMT or Nursing certification;
  • possess and produce a valid Basic Cardiac Life Support Provider certification; and
  • possess and produce a valid CPR+AED Provider certification.

*Applicant must show evidence of recurring renewal of first aid certification (at least once, eg. first certification and refresher)

Course Duration

HFA is a 38½ hours course inclusive of assessment, spanning 4 Friday evenings and 3 Saturdays.

First Aid Methods of Instruction is a 16-hours course on 2 full Saturdays.

Course Fee

The course fee is set at S$2675.00 (including 7% GST) per participant and must be paid before the commencement of course.

Course Payment

Course fee is subjected to 7% GST (GST Reg. No.: M90361968Y).

Payment of course fee shall be made at least two weeks prior to acceptance. In case of cheque payment, it shall be made payable to St. John Singapore.

Course Enrolment


The application form must be submitted together to firstaid@stjohn.org.sg with duplicate copies of supporting documents mentioned in the pre-requisites.

For St John Brigade members who are interested in this course, please email firstaid@stjohn.org.sg: Attention to Mr William Lee to request for our internal Brigade Application Form.


Participants are required to complete two (2) practicum by the end of xx xx.

Course Venue

HFA will be conducted at St John Headquarters, 420 Beach Road Singapore 199582.


Parking fee in St John Headquarters is S$5.35 per entry and subject to availability.

Lecturers and Instructors

HFA Course is led by St John Singapore-registered medical doctors, lecturers and instructors.

Medium of Instruction

HFA Course is conducted in English.


A Higher First Aid certificate (valid for 2 years) will be issued to every successful candidate upon graduation.

Course participants are required to provide correct personal particulars upon enrolling for the course. If these particulars are incorrect and a replacement certificate is required, then a replacement fee of $10.70 (inclusive GST) shall be levied.

Renewal of Certification

Conditions for renewal are as follows:

  • Conduct at least 2 first aid classes under St John Association Singapore.
  • Attend at least 2 Continuing Education Programmes a year; and
  • Renewal fee of S$100.00 (subject to prevailing GST).

Validity of Certification

Upon successful completion of HFA, candidate will be issued with a certificate of two years validity to train Adult First Aid Course or Standard First Aid Course only.

The certification may complement with other certifications (eg. ACTA and Child First Aid Training Providers’ Immersion Course and Attachment) prescribed by accreditation authorities (eg. Ministry of Manpower and National First Aid Council), which are necessary for the conduct of other First Aid Courses (eg. Occupational First Aid Course and Child First Aid Course).


Each participant is required to have a minimum of 80% attendance, failing which he/she shall not be allowed to sit for both the written and oral assessments. Those who fail or miss the examination may write in with valid reasons to apply for a re-sit on payment of a fee at S$32.10.

Assessment Mechanism

Knowledge – Candidates will sit through 50 MCQs (Annex A).

Oral Viva – Candidates will be assessed by doctors on their oral presentation of treatment procedures to case scenarios

Practicum – Each candidate will conduct two classes of first aid under supervision of a senior first aid trainer.

Course Topics:

  1. Introduction to First Aid Care
  2. Victim Assessment
  3. Burn Emergencies
  4. Injuries to the Face, Eye and Throat
  5. Musculoskeletal Injuries
  6. Head and Spine Injuries
  7. Common Sport and Recreational Injuries
  8. Bites and Stings
  9. Poisoning Emergencies
  10. Bleeding and Shock
  11. Chest/Abdominal/Limb Traumas
  12. Seizures, Dizziness and Fainting
  13. Diabetic Emergencies
  14. Respiratory Emergencies
  15. Cardiovascular and Stroke Emergencies
  16. Disaster Management
  17. Dressing and Bandaging
  18. Transportation

Course Dates: (Previous Course Run Dates)

Higher First Aid Course
5th November 2019
7th November 2019
12th November 2019
13th November 2019
14th November 2019
19th November 2019
21st November 2019 (*Subject to change)
30th November 2019

Methods of Instruction
7th December 2019
14th December 2019