QA Level 3 Award in Administering Emergency Medical Gases (RQF)


The QA Level 3 Award in Administering Emergency Medical Gases (RQF) has been specifically designed for those who have a responsibility for providing treatment to patients who need medical gases administrating in Prehospital care environments, such as: those working in the police force, fire service or private ambulance sector.

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Qualification Summary

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:

  • Resuscitation Council (UK)
  • Skills for Health Assessment Principles for First Aid Qualifications
  • The British Thoracic Society
  • UK Ambulance Services Clinical Practice Guidelines 2016 (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.

Who Should Take This Qualification?

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:
A 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
  • Community first responders
  • Fire, police and other emergency services personnel


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) (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.

What Will I Learn?

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.

Qualification Structure

Learners must complete all assessments in the units successfully within the registration period to achieve the qualification. The maximum period to achieve the qualification, including any referrals is 4 weeks.

TQT is the total number of hours required for a Learner to achieve this qualification. It has 2 elements:

  • Guided Learning Hours (GLH) is the time a Learner is being taught and assessed under the immediate guidance of a Trainer/Assessor, which for this qualification is 6 GLH (minimum), and
  • The number of hours a Learner will reasonably be likely to spend in preparation and study as directed by, but not under the immediate guidance or supervision of a Trainer, e.g. pre-course reading, which for this qualification is 4 hours

The qualification is one day in duration.

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.

While achievement of this qualification confirms Learners have met both the theoretical and practical requirements, this does not imply a ‘license 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.