Standard First Aid Course
By learning standard first aid, you will improve your ability to respond to emergencies at home and at work. The course we offer at the Western Institute of Emergency Education is Standard First Aid CPR AED Level C. Taught over two days, it covers everything you need to know to meet the requirements set by workplace regulators in most provinces in Canada, including environments with children under the age of five.
Who Should Take the Standard First Aid Course?
Anyone who wants to gain first aid skills can benefit from this training —previous experience is not required. You will learn to manage emergency situations before first responders arrive and to deal with common injuries.
If you work in health care, including if you are a regulated health care professional in Canada, we recommend that you take the standard first aid BLS provider course instead.
What Does Standard First Aid Cover?
You will receive 16 hours of instruction and hands-on training in the following topics:
- Preparing to respond
- Emergency scene management (EMS)
- The Check, Call, Care procedure
- How to care for both conscious and unconscious patients
- Airway emergencies and choking procedure for adults, children, and babies
- Dealing with circulatory emergencies like chest pain, stroke, and life-threatening bleeding
- Coping with breathing emergencies, including hyperventilation, severe allergic reactions, and asthma
- Caring for basic wounds and bleeding
- Handling all types of injuries: head, spine, pelvis, joints, and bones
- The procedure for sudden medical emergencies like seizures, fainting, shock, and diabetic emergencies
- Common poisons in the home and workplace and how to deal with poisonings
The program also includes CPR training to respond to cardiac emergencies, including with an AED — automated external defibrillator. You will learn the different CPR techniques for adults, children, and infants.
To pass, you need to attend both days from beginning to end, score at least 75 percent on a written exam, and demonstrate understanding and adherence to the Fundamental Principles.
Standard First Aid Recertification
Certification from the standard first aid course is valid for three years. You can renew your qualification by taking a recertification course before the end of the three years. This covers all the topics of the course again to refresh your knowledge and give you the chance to put your skills into practice. This is especially beneficial if you have had few or no chances to put your first aid knowledge into action over the three-year period.
If you specifically need CPR training, we recommend renewal of the CPR course every year, as your skills (along with your confidence) will quickly deteriorate. There is no need to take standard first aid — you can take our standalone CPR course instead.