The MHFAider® qualification is an Ofqual regulated RSPH Level 3 Award in Mental Health First Aid.
It is a marker of excellence and a chance for learners to demonstrate their expertise and commitment to the role.
Established in 1856, RSPH is an independent campaigning and educational charity dedicated to improving and protecting the health of the public.
RSPH is the world’s longest-established public health body. It awards 40,000 qualifications annually and is the UK’s leading Ofqual regulated Qualifications Awarding Organisation in public health.
Together we share the belief that mental health is a public health issue. By partnering with RSPH, we can improve the health of the nation together.
You can register your expression of interest to complete the MHFAider® qualification from Tuesday 7 February 2023.
Once you have registered, you will be given a choice of dates to complete the eAssessment. The first available eAssessment dates will be at the beginning of March 2023. New dates will be made available on a monthly basis.
The questions will assess your understanding of Mental Health First Aid as covered in MHFA England’s Mental Health First Aid course. This includes your knowledge on:
– The importance and impact of mental health and poor mental health
– The role expectations of an MHFAider® in different settings
– Key features and signs and symptoms of mental health conditions and behaviours
– How to evaluate a scenario involving an individual experiencing poor mental health
– Being able to apply the Mental Health First Aid action plan (ALGEE) appropriately
To support you further, you can download a specimen paper including answers here.
The eAssessment will be invigilated online, via the webcam on your laptop or computer and via the ‘ProctorExam’ app, which you will need to download to your smart device.
For further information about online invigilation please see RSPH eAssessment information and guidance via their website, here.
No. You will not be required to retake the qualification every three years or if the course changes.
We believe that mental health should be treated equally to physical health – and just like physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid training should be kept up to date.
After you complete the qualification, you will still be required to complete MHFA Refresher, to maintain your knowledge and ensure you can continue to carry out your role effectively.
We are working with RSPH to make the qualification and eAssessment as accessible as possible. If you have any accessibility requests or require reasonable adjustments, you can provide details in the registration form.
Please include relevant information on your usual ways of working and the adjustments that would be helpful for you. We will liaise with RSPH about what adjustments can be made and will contact you further.
– Full name (This will appear on your certificate, and must match your photo ID)
– Date of birth
– Contact email address
– Selected eAssessment date
– Details of any reasonable adjustment requirements
Yes. For purchases of up to nine MHFAider®, you can pay by debit or credit card, or via our online payment system, Stripe.
If you wish to book for ten people or more, you can also pay via our online payment system, or you may request an invoice.
After you register, you will receive a registration email from MHFA England to confirm the details of your RSPH Level 3 Award in Mental Health First Aid eAssessment.
We will share your details with RSPH to register you as a candidate. You will then receive a candidate confirmation email and a system check email from RSPH.
In the first instance, please check your junk/spam folders for the system check email from RSPH.
If you have not received the email from RSPH at least five days before your scheduled eAssessment date, please email the MHFA England Team at email@example.com.
Your personal information will be protected in line with RSPH and MHFA England’s privacy policies.
You will receive three emails after successful registration with RSPH:
– A system check email
– A system check reminder email
– Your link to the eAssessment
Following a successfully completed system check, you will receive an email with a link to the eAssessment, three days before your scheduled date.
If you need to change or cancel the date of your eAssessment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will need to do this by the deadline date detailed in your initial registration confirmation email from MHFA England.
If you are unable to sit the eAssessment on the scheduled date, please email email@example.com.
If this is outside the deadline for requesting change or cancellation, there is a charge payable to RSPH to rearrange the eAssessment. Please note that you will not be eligible for a refund should you cancel.
It will take you approximately three hours to prepare for the eAssessment:
– Approximately one hour to refresh yourself on the course content and materials. We recommend that you refresh your knowledge on the course content by looking over the resources available to you, such as the MHFA manual, workbook and app
– Approximately two hours to read through RSPH information and instructions
You will need to use a laptop or computer with a webcam to complete the eAssessment.
In addition to this, you will need a camera enabled smart device (such as a smartphone or tablet) for invigilation purposes.
Once you have registered, paid, and received the email from RSPH, you will be required to click the link which will direct you to the eAssessment.
Once you have clicked this, please look out for the eight-character code on screen which you will be required to enter on the next page.
No. This is a closed book eAssessment, so please ensure you do not have access to your hard copy or digital kit, manual, or course materials.
If you refer to the course materials, this is considered as an invigilation violation. You will be disqualified, and you will not be eligible for a refund.