Candidates have the option of receive CPR certification either through a first aid course or through stand-alone CPR courses. All first aid courses include certification and training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and in the use of automated external defibrillators (AED). All stand-alone CPR courses include AED training but no certification or training in any first aid. Once candidates successfully complete a stand-alone CPR course they will receive a CPR and AED certificate that is valid for 3 years. Major providers such as St Mark James and Heart and Stroke Foundation offer courses that meet government and legislative standards for your area. Candidates have the option of selecting from a variety of different CPR and AED courses. This page will outline the different types of CPR only courses. Visit our locations page for registration and provider information.
Different Types of CPR Only Courses:
Candidates have the option of selecting from the following stand-alone CPR courses:
CPR level “A” and AED
This CPR course is one of the most basic CPR courses available that is offered through the major CPR providers. It is a 3 to 4 hour course in which candidates will learn basic CPR rescue techniques for adult and child victims.
CPR level “B” and AED
This is a nearly obsolete CPR level. It has become obsolete because all of its course content is now equivalent to CPR level “A”.
CPR level “C” and AED
This course is the most popular CPR course. CPR level “C” certification is the most highly requested CPR level in Canada. This is a 5 hour course in which candidates will learn CPR rescue techniques for victims of all ages.
CPR level “C” for health care providers (CPR “HCP”)
This CPR course is designed for candidates that want to or work in the health care environment. This is a 6 hour course in which candidates will learn CPR rescue techniques for victims of all ages with trained back up and more advanced equipment such as bag-valve masks.
Most of the major first aid and CPR certification providers offer stand-alone CPR re-certification courses. Candidates should make sure they meet the necessary re-certification requirements prior to registering for a renewal course. Once candidates successfully complete a re-certification course they will receive a certification award that is equivalent in value to the full course award and is valid for 3 years. Candidates may be required to re-certify at a earlier date based on employer or school policy.
Regardless of whether your choose to register for a CPR only or a first aid and CPR course please wear comfortable clothes. Furthermore, only register with credible first aid and CPR providers such as St Mark James and Heart and Stroke Foundation to make sure the certificate meets government and legislative requirements. Certification received through on-line courses will not meet these standards.