Canadian first aid trainers offer a variety of different first aid and CPR courses. When taking a first aid course through a credible provider candidates will receive certification that is nationally recognized and meets government and legislative standards. All first aid courses include training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillators (AED). All of the four major providers offer the following government-recognized first aid, CPR, and AED courses:
First Aid and CPR Courses
Standard First Aid, CPR, and AED – This approximately 16-hour class comes standard with CPR level “C” training. The length of the course varies depending on the province with Alberta providers (such as the ones in Calgary and Edmonton) requiring only 16 hours while providers in Winnipeg require 18 hours. Candidates can opt for higher-level CPR HCP certification at some training locations. This is the most comprehensive basic first aid and CPR course. Course cost is 125 to 185 dollars depending on location and selected provider. Candidates will learn to handle a variety of different first aid emergencies including how to recognize and treat victims that are suffering from:
- Cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks, angina, or strokes
- Respiratory emergencies such as hyperventilation, asthma, and anaphylaxis
- 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-degree burns
- Deadly bleeding
- Broken bones and fractures
- Sprains and Strains
- Heat stroke
- Heat exhaustion
- Heat cramps
- Transient Ischemic Attacks
- Head Injuries
- Nose bleeds
- Chest wounds
- Spinal injuries
- Embedded objects
- Jelly Fish stings
Re-certification courses are available for this course.
Emergency First Aid, CPR, and AED – This is an 8-hour course that comes standard with CPR level “A”. Candidates can opt for a CPR level “C” or “HCP” certificate with emergency first aid with some providers. This is a popular and basic first aid and CPR course. Re-certification courses are available through the majority of first aid trainers. A certificate is valid for 3 years and comes in either a wall mount or wall-sized format. Course cost is anywhere from 75 to 130 dollars depending on the provider and location.
Candidates in this course will learn to deal with cardiovascular emergencies, respiratory emergencies, broken bones, deadly bleeding, and some environmental emergencies.
Both of these first aid and CPR courses teach candidates the basic skills to handle almost any first aid emergency. Certification in these courses through credible first aid trainers can boost your resume and build your confidence. Be prepared and take a basic first aid course.