What course should I take?

The following are examples of course prerequisites:

  • Early Childhood Education (E.C.E.) programs - Standard First Aid with CPR
  • Police - Standard First Aid with CPR - Level C (Level HCP is recommended)
  • Nursing - Standard First Aid with CPR - Level HCP is required for most college nursing programs.  Nurses who are already practising, are required to re-certify only the CPR portion every year.
  • Personal Support Worker (PSW) - Standard First Aid with CPR - Level C (Level HCP is recommended)
  • Dentistry - Standard First Aid with CPR - Level C is required for most college programs, but dental assistants are often required to re-certify the CPR portion every year.
  • Athletic therapists - CPR Level C (with yearly re-certification) is required.  Standard First Aid with CPR is highly recommended.
  • Personal trainers - CPR Level C (with yearly re-certification is required.  Standard First Aid with CPR is highly recommended.
  • Security Guard - Standard First Aid with CPR - Level C

What should I bring to class?

Your instructor provides all the necessary equipment for instructing you in CPR, AED (automated external defibrillator) and First Aid training. However, you may choose to bring a pillow or blanket to kneel on during these training exercises. A lunch break is included but lunch is not provided.

What First Aid training must I provide as an employer in Ontario?

Regulation 1101 states that all employers in Ontario covered by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act are required to have first aid equipment, facilities and trained personnel in all workplaces:

How long are the courses?

  • Standard First Aid with CPR - 14 to 16 hours
  • Emergency First Aid with CPR - 7 to 8 hours
  • CPR Level C or Level HCP - 5 to 6 hours
  • Marine Basic First Aid - 16 hours

When do I receive my certificate?

Your Canadian Red Cross certificate is received following the successful completion of the course and is made available to you in class. Marine Basic First Aid certificates are mailed to you by Transport Canada.

How long are Red Cross certificates valid?

First Aid, CPR, and Basic Marine First Aid certificates are valid for three years. We recommend retraining every year in order to maintain your skills and knowledge for medical emergencies at work, home, and play.

Is CPR training equivalent to first aid training?

No, CPR training does not cover first aid but it is a mandatory module of every first aid course. Click here for a detailed description of a CPR course.

What is a Re-certification course?

Re-certification (refresher) courses are available for the following Canadian Red Cross certifications:

  • Standard First Aid and CPR, levels C and HCP
  • CPR and AED, levels C and HCP
  • Re-certification is not permitted with Marine Basic First Aid

If you have a valid Red Cross SFA or CPR certificate, you may take a re-certification course. Re-certification courses require less time and costs less than the original certification. You are allowed one re-certification course only and must take the full course once your re-certification expires.

Prerequisite: A valid certificate from the Canadian Red Cross for the same course and level. This must be presented to the instructor prior to starting the course in order to qualify for re-certification.

What are level C and level HCP certifications?

Level C - For adult, child, and infant emergencies.

Level HCP  (Health Care Provider)  - A preferred level of training for health care professionals, First Responders, and anyone wanting additional training.  HCP covers additional rescue skills such as Bag Valve Mask (BMV) rescue, checking for pulse, Jaw Thrust, etc.  Anyone can take this level of training.

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