FAR Instructor RPL




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For Occupational First Aid (OFA) instructors who wish to attain First Aid Response (FAR) Instructor certification through recognition of prior learning (RPL).


Instructors who successfully complete the FAR Instructor RPL assessment will be recognised to deliver the First Aid Response course including the refresher programme.


What do you need?


In order to qualify for the RPL process you must be able to provide the following:

  • OFA Instructor Certificate
  • CFR Instructor Certificate


How does it work?


Our RPL process consists of validation of current OFA and CFR instructor certification, a pre-reading exercise and the assessment of theoretical instruction and practical demonstration skills including CPR.


Step 1:

Book an assessment date (complete the application form below)


Step 2:

Provide us with a copy of your OFA Instructor and CFR Instructor certificates


Step 3:

Complete a pre-reading exercise


Step 4:

Attend for assessment which lasts approx 60-90 mins



What does the assessment entail?


The assessment will be as follows (*for those looking to recertify as a CFR Instructor):


Demonstrate the required instructor skills/competencies at FAR level by:


Delivering a pre-notified topic from the FAR syllabus

Demonstration of practical skills in a pre-notified topic from the FAR syllabus

Demonstrate CFR skills and ability to effectively critique students

Delivering a pre-notified topic from the CFR-C syllabus*

Demonstration of practical skills in a pre-notified topic from the CFR-C syllabus*


Complete a FAR MCQ Exam



Assessment Dates


Here are the assessment dates we have scheduled over the coming months:


Date Location
Wed 26th July – NO PLACES AVAILABLE Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Sat 29th July – NO PLACES AVAILABLE Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Sat 12th Aug Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Thurs 24th Aug Ballsbridge, Dublin 4


The number of slots available each day are limited so we would advise that you book early to avoid disappointment. When attending for assessment you will also be required to bring a lesson plan for each of your topics and your own PowerPoint slides.


How much does it cost?


The fee is €125 for the FAR RPL Assessment. If you would also like to recertify as a CFR Instructor you can do so for an additional €30. The advantage of availing of dual certification is that your expiry dates on both certificates will be brought into alignment meaning that you can recertify both at the same time in two years. Instructors will have to provide evidence of delivery a minimum of 4 CFR courses within the previous 2 year period, these courses can be stand-alone CFR or CFR as part of an Occupational First Aid Course.


External Faculty Membership


Upon successful completion of the FAR Instructor RPL process, instructors will be given the opportunity to join our external faculty. As a member of our external faculty, you will receive ongoing support and notifications on relevant updates, can avail of our FAR certification service and will be subject to monitoring visits.


Once you have completed your RPL with us the annual membership fee will be waived for the first 12 months. The annual faculty membership fee thereafter will be €100. This fee will include the cost of monitoring, audit and quality control. This means that over a 2-year period external faculty members will pay a total of €255 (includes dual re-certification and monitoring). There are a number of requirements for acceptance onto our external faculty which will be explained during the RPL process. Those FAR Instructors whom Order of Malta Ireland accepts onto its external faculty can avail of our FAR Certification service at a fixed price of €20 per certificate issued.


How to book your assessment


Complete our online entry form below.


Pay the assessment fee. We accept all major credit cards and bank transfers.



For More Information


Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Call us on (01) 614 0035 or email courses@orderofmalta.ie