The Standard First Aid Course and Emergency First Aid Course are both governed by Workplace Health and Safety: both include CPR and AED. The difference is based on the number of hours and first aid content covered. The Standard First Aid Course is a two day course, minimum 14 hours. The Emergency First Aid Course is a one day course with a minimum of 6.5 hours. The Emergency First Aid Course is essentially the first day of a Standard First Aid Course and includes the additional topics of secondary survey and an abridged version of wound care. The second day of a Standard First Aid Course elaborates on first aid care. To understand the course topics better, please select Courses from the menu bar.
The Standard First Aid Course is a requirement of Workplace Health and Safety. The Standard Childcare Course is governed by Alberta Social Services. Both include CPR and AED. Workplace Health and Safety does not recognize Standard Childcare Certification. Although the Standard First Aid Course may include child and baby CPR, it is mostly an adult injury care course with no medication administration certification. Recently, Alberta Social Services has considered the Standard First Aid Course as an alternative to the Standard Childcare Course. It must be realized, however, that there is no medication administration certification in the Standard First Aid Course. For this reason most Childcare Employers prefer the Standard Childcare First Aid Certification.
Both are similar in one way only: both include Level B CPR (older child, child and baby).
The Emergency Childcare Course is a one day course which does not meet Alberta Social Services Requirements for First Aid Certification. Be cautious about those companies that confuse the regulations and offer this course in Alberta. Those entering this province with only an Emergency Childcare Certificate must take a full Standard Childcare First Aid Course.
The Alberta College of Paramedics sets the standards for Paramedicine Studies. The EMR course is the entry level course for onging Paramedicine Education. This course prepares the participant to write ACP’s provincial examination and register as an EMR with ACP.
The Advanced First Aid Course is recognized by Workplace Health and Safety and a requirement when your workplace has over 100 employees. This course allows you to work as an Advanced First Aider in the Workplace.
When you successfully complete the EMR Course with Breath for Life an Advanced First Aid Certificate may also be purchased for an additional cost of $52.50 (includes tax).
Simply stated: Yes.
It is recommended that you take your prerequisite course through the company you are intending on taking the EMR course with. As the EMR course requires knowledge of Bag-Valve-Masks a Standard First Aid does not truly meet the prerequisite requirements. Breath for Life Inc has a course that will meet this need: BLS Provider 4 Hour Course. Although most companies may teach the Health Care Provider course, many of these courses are offered by lay providers who have never used the Bag-Valve-Mask in professional practice.
How to Register with the Alberta College of Paramedics:
- First: Take a Breath for Life Inc EMR Course.
- When you pass this course, register with ACP to write their Provincial Examination. Contact ACP for current pricing.
- Upon successful completion you may Register with ACP. There is a yearly registration fee which is mandatory to stay registered. You will be required to provide a reference check, a criminal investigation check and other requirements.
The Alberta College of Paramedics is specific about which schools and instructors are allowed to offer the EMR program. The Alberta College of Paramedics website specifies: “Paramedicine education programs in Alberta must meet standards set by the Alberta College of Paramedics as approved by the Health Disciplines Board under the Health Disciplines Act. Only graduates from approved programs are eligible to write the Provincial Registration Examination and carry on to apply for registration with the College”.
The Alberta College of Paramedics has audited the schools that are offering the EMR Program. These schools are also required to pay an Annual Program Renewal Fee. Many companies offering what they call a bridging program or an EMR Preparation Course are not approved by the the Alberta College of Paramedics to offer an EMR Program. Buyer be aware that accredited schools have no obligation to accept students from schools that are not accredited. Breath for Life Inc will not honor these programs. If you have questions about this please contact the Alberta College of Paramedics.
According to the Emergency Cardiac-care Coalition (ECC) which includes the following members: The Canadian Red Cross, St. John’s Ambulance, Canadian Ski Patrol, and Lifesaving Society, the CPR 2010 levels are as outlined:
- CPR Level A: Includes Adult CPR and AED only. Most individuals take CPR Level C.
- CPR Level C: Includes adult, child, baby, two-rescuer CPR and AED.
- BLS Provider CPR: Includes adult, child, baby, two-rescuer skills, AED, and BVMs (bag-valve-masks). Often taken by Health Care Providers: Nurses, Paramedics, EMTs, Physicians, Dental Professionals, etc.
These different levels can be combined with either the Standard First Aid Course or Emergency First Aid Course. These two courses are recognized by Workplace Health and Safety and are recertified every 3 years unless mandated by your employer.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation also has a BLS Provider Course. The Heart and Stroke requires yearly certification. The Heart and Stroke does not allow a grace period on expired.cards. If your card is expired you are required to take a full course call Breath for Life at 780-434-1368.
According to Workplace Health and Safety and Alberta Social Services, First Aid Certificates are valid for three (3) years. You can recertify any time during this period. You cannot recertify if your certificate is expired, at this point you are required to take a full course.
Government regulations stipulate that all First Aid Courses must include a CPR component.
- Dominique holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and has worked over 20 years as a Registered Nurse. Dominique is qualified to teach all levels of Red Cross First Aid and CPR including the Instructor Course and has been an Instructor Trainer since 1997. Dominique is also qualified to teach the Heart and Stroke BLS Provider course. Dominique’s role is administrative and supportive for the BFL instructors.
- Alfred has a Master of Nursing Degree, an Honors Degree in Philosophy and has completed the theoretical (in-class) component of an Education Degree. He has worked as a Registered Nurse for over 20 years. He is registered as an EMR with the Alberta College of Paramedics and has been appointed as the Program Director for Breath for Life’s 240 Hour EMR Program. He is one of three EMR Course Instructors. Alfred is qualified to teach all levels of Red Cross First Aid and CPR courses; including the Instructor course. Alfred also teaches the Heart and Stroke BLS Provider course. Alfred’s portfolio includes teaching/instruction, quality assurance management, policy development, EMR program development and website management.
- Karmjit has been with Breath for Life (First Aid Education) Inc. since 2002. He has a degree in science and works as a Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi translator. His experience working with various health professionals and injured workers at WCB adds relevant examples and scenarios to his First Aid/CPR classes. Karmjit’s knowledge is an asset to the Breath for Life team.
- Kamarbir has been with Breath for Life Inc. since 2006. He has a degree in science, a degree in Respiratory Therapy and has over 10 years experience working in a childcare setting. Kamarbir has been promoted as the internal instructor evaluator for Breath for Life Inc. Kamarbir has also completed the requirements for the Advanced First Aid Instructor and Instructor Trainer certifications with the Canadian Red Cross. He is also qualified to teach the Heart and Stroke BLS Provider course. He is teaching for Breath for Life Inc. on a full-time basis and teaches most of the weekday classes held at Breath for Life’s facility in South Edmonton: 4443 – 99 St.
- Beth has been with Breath for Life Inc. since 2008. She has 5 years experience working as a swimming instructor and lifeguard. Beth is certified to teach the Red Cross and CPR programs and the Heart and Stroke program. Beth has completed her Instructor Trainer qualification with the Canadian Red Cross in the fall of 2012. Beth works as a full-time instructor with Norquest College. Her nursing experience is an asset to the Breath for Life team.
- Ryan has been with Breath for Life Inc. since 2008. Ryan has completed his Safety Certificate through the University of Alberta and is an asset to Breath for Life’s overall safety vision. Previously, Ryan spent four years living and working as an English teacher in Taiwan. Ryan is currently working full-time as a safety supervisor for an oilfield company in Edmonton. Ryan is certified to teach the Red Cross First Aid and CPR courses and has recently completed his certification as a Red Cross Instructor Trainer.
- Brian has been with Breath for Life Inc. since 2008. Brian has worked as an EMT with a rural/suburban ambulance service for several years; he also brings experience from his 22 years as a firefighter. He has been teaching firefighting courses for over 4 years. Brian is fluent in French and has taught many First Aid courses in French. Brian’s background and current EMR Instructor status makes him a valuable asset to the company and EMR course team and First Aid and CPR courses.
- Jason has been teaching with the Breath for Life team since 2014. He has many years of experience in Sign Language. He has been working in EMS since 2011. In 2013 he achieved his EMT designation and is registered with the Alberta College of Paramedics. Jason is qualified to teach both Red Cross First Aid and CPR courses and Heart and Stroke BLS Provider courses. Jason‘s experience and knowledge are a definite asset to Breath for Life’s team.
- Colleen has been teaching with the Breath for Life team since 2016. Colleen has been working as a Registered Nurse since 1985 in multiple nursing roles and environments. She has been a BLS Heart and Stroke instructor since 2015 and is also a Youth Leader instructor for the Red Cross Babysitting Course. Colleen’s background and experience as a nurse is a definite asset to Breath for Life’s team.
- Kelly has been teaching with Breath for Life since Feb 2017. Kelly has a background in Social Work, Mental Health and Addictions. She has recently completed her electrician certificate at NAIT. Her experience and background are a definite asset to Breath for Life’s team.
- Sherry has been teaching with Breath for Life since March 2017. Sherry is a registered Health Care Aid and works with Adults with Disabilities. She is also an Esthetician and owns her own business. Sherry has been teaching First Aid/CPR since 2014. Sherry is also a Youth Leader instructor for the Red Cross Babysitting course. Sherry’s background and experience are a definite asset to Breath for Life’s team.
- Jason has been teaching with Breath for Life since June 2017. Jason is currently working as a Fire Fighter for Edmonton Fire Rescue. Jason is qualified to teach both the BLS Provider Heart and Stroke and Red Cross First Aid/CPR programs. Jason‘s experience and knowledge are a definite asset to Breath for Life’s team.
- Amy has been teaching full-time with Breath for Life since Jan 2017. Amy is qualified to teach both the BLS Provider Heart and Stroke and Red Cross First Aid/CPR programs since 2012. She is also a Youth Leader Instructor for the Babysitting Course. Amy is a Primary Care Paramedic (B.C. licensed), a Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Instructor. Her experience and EMS background is an asset to the Breath for Life team.
- Frazer has recently been hired as part of the Breath for Life team. Frazer has been working as an Occupational Health Nurse since 1999; which part of his duties included teaching First Aid/CPR classes. For the past 26 years, Frazer is greatly involved, in a volunteer capacity, in teaching Taoist Tai Chi. Frazer’s occupational experience and nursing background are a definite asset to the Breath for Life’s team.
Occupational Health and Safety (OHS/WHS) resources:
Bulletins found on Occupational Health and Safety: AED in the Workplace, Workplace First Aiders and Legal Requirements, Medication In First Aid Kits, Dev A First Aid Plan, First Aid Records, O2 Requirements, Equivalency Chart WHS, Quality Management WHS
Canadian Red Cross resources:
Due to the many fraudulent certificates issued to individuals and “non-approved” Training Partners issuing certificates across Canada, the Canadian Red Cross decided that it would no longer allow the issuance of hard-copy certificates and would take control of the problem by developing an electronic platform for certification.
This new e-certificate system has many advantages:
- Companies can check the validity of the e-certificate on the Red Cross website: www.myrc.redcross.ca;
- This prevents certificates from being edited and changed rendering them invalid;
- Prevents “Non-approved” providers from issuing invalid certificates;
- Allows you to access your certificate at any time: this means you cannot lose it;
- With your card always on hand, it is easy to check when the card expires;
- If you need to demonstrate certification to your employer you can save it to your desktop, print it off and hand it over;
- Have multiple certifications? No problem, the account will keep track of all your certificates;
- Can’t read the instructor’s handwriting or have a label that your employer does not like on your certificate? The e-certificate received is computer generated and validated by the Red Cross. They are easy to read and are tamper proof.