We proudly offer candidates the opportunity register for full first aid and CPR courses. CPR “HCP” provides candidates with the option of registering for either full courses or renewal courses for candidates that need to refresh expiring or expired awards. Whether you take your re-certification course with the Lifesaving Society or with workplace approved it does not matter. Both first aid and CPR providers offer nationally accredited awards that are of equal value. The CPR offered in their courses is derived from the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR). Since they are both follow the same standards provided by this committee re-certifications can be completed with either one, regardless of what certificate you hold (as long as it through a credible provider). The same rules also apply to St. Johns Ambulance and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. This means, that a candidate can take a St Mark James training re-certification course if he or she has a provincially approved certificate.
The benefits to taking a re-certification course instead of a full first aid and / or CPR course is:
- A renewal course is significantly shorter than a full course. A re-cert course takes almost half the time a full course does.
- A renewal course is substantially cheaper than a full course. A re-cert course costs almost half as much as a full course.
- A renewal course will focus on skills and knowledge that the candidates need improvement on. It will cover the same material a full course does, however, it will be covered in a condensed format.
To be eligible for a renewal course a candidate must meet the follow criteria:
- A candidate must possess a certificate from a credible provider. Certificates obtained from on-line courses will not be accepted. Credible providers include St Mark James Training, Vancouver First Aid Ltd, Heart and Stroke Foundation or St. Johns Ambulance. If you obtained a certificate from another provider please ask and we can determine whether is it acceptable for re-certification.
- A candidate must have completed a re-cert or a full course within the past 5 years. If a certificate has not been awarded within the past 5 years he / or she will need to retake the course.
- A candidate must have completed the same, or lower level, certification to be eligible for a re-certification. If a candidate has obtained a stand alone CPR level “C” certificate then that candidate can not recertify for a higher level CPR HCP certificate. To obtain the higher level course the candidate must take the full CPR HCP course. However, a candidate with a CPR level HCP certificate is eligible for a stand alone CPR level “C” re-certification. Candidates with Standard First Aid certificate are eligible for a workplace approved emergency first aid re-certification.
- Candidates must have completed the past course within Canada. Awards completed outside of Canada will require approval from the Canadian counterpart provider before being issued a re-certification.
- CPR “A” and AED courses
- CPR “C” and AED courses
- CPR HCP and AED course
First Aid and CPR courses:
- Emergency first aid and CPR level “A” course.
- Emergency first aid and CPR level “C” course.
- Standard first aid and CPR level “C” course.
- Standard first aid and CPR level “HCP” course.
- Please bring previous certification to re-cert course. Instructor will not be able to issue a new certificate without viewing previous certification. Please do not laminate or deface certification cards because they will be void.
- Please dress in comfortable clothing. CPR requires some exercise and movement.
- Please bring a snack or meal to longer courses. Standard First Aid re-certification take approximately 6 to 8 hours.
- Please bring previous first aid manual to course.