The MHFA England Instructor Training programme qualifies you to deliver one of our Mental Health First Aider products only (Adult, Youth, or Armed Forces). 

To apply for Adult or Youth MHFA Instructor Training you must have completed a Mental Health First Aider course (online or in person) in the same subject area of Adult or Youth within the last three years.


Our Instructor Training programme costs £2,790 (inc VAT) per person, as of April 2019.

This includes:

  • Seven days training
  • All training materials
  • Access to instructor dashboard area of our website
  • One year of mentor support
Instructor Training extension programmes cost £1,626 (inc VAT) per person - this is for existing instructors who would like to qualify to deliver another Mental Health First Aider product (see the extensions and upskills page for more information).

Your wellbeing

Some topics covered in MHFA England Instructor Training may be distressing. If you have any concerns after completing your Mental Health First Aider course, let the team know before you start the Instructor Training programme. Please also look after your wellbeing during the programme.

Preparing for assessment

During the Instructor Training programme you will be assessed on your delivery. If you do not pass your assessment, you will not be approved as an MHFA England Instructor Member and will not be entitled to a refund for the training fee.

For more information about assessment and approval, see 'Approval process' within the programme structure below, or our terms and conditions.

Programme structure

Instructor Training takes place over seven days and is usually spread out over six weeks. This allows you to become familiar with the material and reflect on your learning.

You'll have access to a mentor throughout who will be happy to help if you need any guidance along the way.

You will need to do about 20 hours of your own study outside of the seven days, including time spent on preparing delivery materials for days 4-5 and 6-7.

Explore the considerations of delivering the relevant MHFA Two Day course (Adult/Youth/Armed Forces).

You will already have attended an MHFA Two Day course as one of the conditions of applying for Instructor Training, but now our highly experienced National Trainers will guide you through the content and models from an instructor perspective.

This is an opportunity to share your experiences as a delegate and build your knowledge and ideas for how you can deliver the course yourself.

Hear from a variety of speakers from a mental health related background. These sessions could include discussions with people who have experienced mental health issues, a carer of someone with mental ill health, or someone from a medical background.

Topics will cover a range of factors contributing to mental ill health, different recovery models and treatments.

Hearing these personal stories and experiences will help to bring the programme to life beyond the facts and figures and give you a reference point when delivering training.

Our plenary speakers are skilled trainers and their sessions will help to inform your delivery and facilitation tasks on days 4-5.

You will deliver a session on a relevant topic and gain peer to peer feedback, followed by a one to one feedback session with your mentor. This is a great opportunity to further broaden your understanding of the topics covered on the course.

There will also be a group workshop session around facilitation skills.

You will deliver a section of the MHFA course. Your mentor will assess your delivery and give you one to one feedback. 

Within one year of completing the Instructor Training programme, you must co-deliver two MHFA England courses with another instructor and receive good feedback to become approved.

One of your trainers will be your mentor for a year, assessing the feedback from your co-deliveries and offering you training guidance and tips.

Once approved, you can deliver courses solo.

As an approved Instructor Member

To remain an MHFA England Instructor Member, you will need to do the following each year:

Deliver two MHFA England courses, or as many as possible

Ensure everyone who attends your courses receives a manual and workbook

Manuals and workbooks can be purchased from MHFA England.

Renew your annual membership at a fee of £80 (as of April 2019)

Your first annual membership fee will be due on the first 1 April after the date you are signed off as an approved instructor.

Only one membership fee is due no matter how many MHFA England products you are qualified to deliver.

Attend an upskill session

MHFA England offers upskill sessions to expand your portfolio of courses (e.g. Adult MHFA, Youth MHFA, Armed Forces MHFA). Or you can attend an external event relating to mental health or training skills.

Your MHFA Instructor Training programme counts as your upskill until you are approved. After you have completed your two codeliveries and been signed off as an approved instructor, you will then be able to register for our upskill events via your dashboard.

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