I know a chap who was told that he absolutely had to attend the AFA course and also the RAFAC Risk Assessor’s Course, and that because someone hadn’t made a record of his most recent pass he’d have to resit another Safeguarding refresher… This guy was a NEBOSH assessor, Safeguarding and security manager for an NHS trust and a St John’s Ambulance instructor trainer… For all three of those he holds a higher qualification (and actively uses it) than the people in the RAFAC delivering these courses.
The AFA was apparently “mandatory” because it’s specific to our organization - his higher qualifications weren’t specific enough.
I later attended the AFA course which is ‘absolutely not FAAW and is totally and specifically aimed at the type of outdoor events that we do’… The slides, videos and training included a heart attack in a stock cupboard, and someone getting grumpy in the school.
Aside from some quickly covered “fact based” theory about ticks, rats, and snake bits, there was nothing “specific” at all… How do you treat someone who’s passed out half way down an abseil tower? No idea… But here’s how to treat a scald from a cup of tea.