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 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.
Due to COVID: First Aid/CPR certifications that expire between March 1st and December 31, 2020 can attend a recertification course as long as this is completed by January 31, 2021. Participants are required to hold onto their expired certificates as proof and OHS officers have flexibility to accept expired certificates.
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 nearly 30 years. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 been a part of the Breath for Life’s teaching team since June 2017. 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.
- Jennifer has recently been hired to teach the BLS Heart and Stroke courses. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Cardiopulmonary Science 2002. She has been working as a Respiratory Therapist since graduation. Her experience and knowledge is a great asset to the Breath for Life BLS 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.