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.
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 BLS Provider Course is the required course if you work with AHS. 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.
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.
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 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.
Canadian Red Cross Certificates:
- Go to the Canadian Red Cross portal website: https://myrc.redcross.ca/
- Click the menu that has 3 stacked lines
- Click Sign in
- Enter your email and reset the password if needed
- When in your account go to My Profile to make profile changes and/or My Certifications to find your ecard
Heart and Stroke Foundation Certificates:
- Go to the Heart and Stroke Training Portal Website: https://cpr.heartandstroke.ca/
- If you do not have an account select create an account and follow the steps
- If you already have an account enter either your HSF id# (found on your certificate) or your email and click continue
- Enter your password or click Forgot Password
- When in your account go to My Profile My Certificates