Please read all information below, including the Terms and Conditions, before starting your application.


We are reviewing our membership network and the ways we provide training. At this time we are unable to accept applicants who are looking to be independent trainers or are employed by training companies.

You are only able to apply for the Youth Instructor Training Programme, if you meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • You are applying to deliver MHFA England training to employees within your workplace only. This excludes delivery to , not to any clients, partner organisations, or any other external groups.

  • You are part of a group cohort organised by your employer for between 8-12 learners or sponsored by MHFA England

  • You are applying to deliver training to a non-profit or community organisation, which works primarily with Black people and People of Colour. This is to uphold MHFA England's commitment to become an anti-racist social enterprise​

  • You are an existing MHFA England Instructor Member looking to upskill in different courses

Alongside your application, you will need to submit a completed declaration of eligibility to confirm you meet one of these criteria. This must be signed by a member of your organisation who is approving your attendance on the programme. This may be a line manager, HR professional, or other appropriate member of staff. Download the declaration of eligibility here.

If you would like to hear from us if the eligibility criteria changes in future, please submit your details here.

If you have any questions please email the Training team at

Before applying

Make sure you have completed the Mental Health First Aider course

Before you apply, you must have completed the MHFA England Mental Health First Aider course (online or face-to-face), within the last three years.

You will not be able to apply if you have not completed the Mental Health First Aider course. This allows you to experience the course content and decide if it will be suitable for you to deliver, before you commit to Instructor Training programme. All applicants need to be familiar with the course content to properly engage with Instructor Training programme.

If you haven't already attended one of our Mental Health First Aider courses you can book onto a course here.

Have your Youth Mental Health First Aider® course certificate to hand

When you apply for Instructor Training you will be asked to upload a copy of your course certificate as a PDF or image. Please have this to hand when you begin the application process.

Your certificate would have been sent to the email address you used to sign up to the Mental Health First Aider course. If you do not have your certificate, contact us on or call 0203 928 0760 and select option 1.

Consider your accessibility needs

We strive to create training that everyone can access and we encourage Instructor Training applications from people with accessibility needs. Please fill in the ‘accessibility requirements’ section of the application form and tell us what you need to access the programme and materials. Visit our accessibility page for more information.

How to apply

  1. Before you begin your application, please download and read the following documents:

    Application criteria and assessment framework
    Terms and conditions
    Instructor Training FAQ

  2. Click the 'Apply now' button to begin an application. You will be asked to create an account in order to do this. If you have any issues creating an account, contact us on, or call 0203 928 0760 and select option 1. Please ensure you are applying on behalf of yourself, as we cannot accept applications on behalf of another person, except when this is necessary to meet the support needs of an applicant.

  3. Fill in your application form, using the 'Next' and 'Previous' buttons to navigate the form to ensure that your progress is saved. Do not press back or refresh in your web browser as this could result in lost work. You may wish to prepare your answers to section 8 of the application in a separate document and paste them into the form to avoid the risk of losing your work.

  4. Upload your Youth Mental Health First Aider® certificate and declaration of eligibility when prompted. Without these documents your application cannot be accepted.

  5. Part of a group cohort organised through your employer, enter the 13 digit code provided to you by your organization on the Programme Choice page. Do not select any other programme.

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Next steps

When you have submitted your application, it will be reviewed by our training team and assessed by an MHFA England National Trainer.

You may be required to resubmit further information to support your application if your first submission is not accepted.

We cannot guarantee that your application will be approved. We encourage you to provide as much relevant information as possible in your application to demonstrate how you meet the Application criteria and assessment framework.

If your application is approved you will be sent a booking confirmation and an invoice for the programme fee. This must be paid at least four weeks before the programme is due to start and the booking is subject to the payment and cancellation terms in the Instructor Training Terms and Conditions.

If your application is not approved you will not be able to attend a Youth Instructor Training programme at this time. You will be provided with feedback on your application by MHFA England and you will be able to re-apply after a minimum of six months.


Our Training Delivery Team are happy to help answer any questions you may have about becoming an MHFA England Instructor Member or about your application. You can contact the team on or call 0203 928 0760 and select option 3.

Please check the Instructor Training FAQ before getting in touch in case your question is answered there.

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