First Aid Courses

The 4 major providers all offer the same basic first aid and CPR courses that provide candidates with the certificates that they need for employment. The following is a list of the most popular  first aid and CPR courses that typically meet government and legislative standards in most provinces (check with your provider and employer to ensure you take the right course):

Standard First Aid and CPR – This is one of the most popular and comprehensive courses offered by the big 4 providers. Candidates have the option of selecting either CPR level “A”, “C”, or health care provider CPR “HCP” to partner with this course. Candidates will also receive training and certification in the use of automated external defibrillators (AED). This 16 to 18-hour course is usually completed within two days. Course content covers a variety of different first aid emergencies. It costs anywhere from 107 dollars to 185 dollars. Re-certification courses are available for standard first aid and CPR. Upon completion candidates will receive a standard first aid, CPR, and AED certificate.

Epi Pen for First Aid
Learn to manage emergencies such as anaphylaxis (allergic reactions) using epinephrine injectors by taking workplace-approved first aid certification programs.

Emergency First Aid and CPR – This is the most basic first aid and CPR course offered through the major providers. This course comes standard with CPR level “A”, however, some providers allow candidates to opt for CPR level “B” or “C”, usually at an additional cost. Candidates will receive training and certification in the use of AEDs. This is an 8-hour course that is usually completed within one day. The cost of the course varies by provider but costs anywhere from 75 to 125 dollars. When candidates successfully complete the course they will receive an emergency first aid, CPR, and AED certificate. Re-certifications are available for this course in some provinces in Canada.

Child Care First Aid and CPR – This course is offered exclusively through St Mark James. It is an 8 to 10-hour intensive course for people wanting to work in the childcare industry. CPR “B” is the only option of CPR for this course. AED training and certification are included. The course fee is anywhere from 75 to 130 dollars. Re-certifications are not available for this course.

Marine First Aid – This is a 16-hour course that is very similar to standard first aid. Candidates will receive CPR level “C” and AED training in this course. The course fee is anywhere from 125 to 190 dollars depending on the provider and region. Re-certifications are not available for this course.

What Will I Learn in First aid and CPR Courses?

Participants that enroll in these courses will learn about the following:

  • St Mark James Training
  • How to provide CPR for victims of varying ages via the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (read more about them here) standards.
  • The complications associated with providing CPR such as regurgitation and vomiting
  • When and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED)
  • How to manage victims of respiratory emergencies including victims that are choking, hyperventilation, or have anaphylaxis
  • How to manage victims of circulatory emergencies including minor and major bleeding (internal and external), stroke, transient ischemic attacks, and angina
  • How to recognize and manage victims of skeletal injuries including spinal injuries, head injuries, fractured and broken bones
  • How to handle victims of sudden medical emergencies such as seizures and poisonings
  • How to manage, prevent and care for patients with environmental emergencies including heat stroke, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and hypothermia

Learn how to be prepared for any emergencies and recognize and care for victims of at least 20 different conditions by enrolling in workplace-approved training programs with our providers.

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Get a head start in your training by watching this video on anaphylaxis and how it occurs.