Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register?

A - View the course schedule to choose your course dates.
B - Click on the registration link on the course schedule page.  Payment options include credit card or cash.
C - Confirmation is sent right to your email address!

I am applying to the police program.  What course should I take?

While you should always confirm course pre-requisites with your college or program administrator, here are some general guidelines:

Early Childhood Education (E.C.E.) programs - Standard First Aid with CPR
Police - Standard First Aid with CPR - Level C (Level HCP is recommended)
Fire - Standard First Aid with CPR - Level HCP
Paramedic - Standard First Aid with CPR - Level HCP
Nursing - Standard First Aid with CPR - Level HCP is required for most college nursing programs.  Nurses who are already practising, are required to re-certify only the CPR portion every year.
Personal Support Worker (PSW) - Standard First Aid with CPR - Level C (Level HCP is recommended)
Dentistry - Standard First Aid with CPR - Level C is required for most college programs, but dental assistants are often required to re-certify the CPR portion every year.
Athletic therapists - CPR Level C (with yearly re-certification) is required.  Standard First Aid with CPR is highly recommended.
Personal trainers - CPR Level C (with yearly re-certification is required.  Standard First Aid with CPR is highly recommended.
Security Guard - Standard First Aid with CPR - Level C

Are your courses certified?

All of our first aid and CPR courses include certification from the Canadian Red Cross Society.  The certificates meet Canada Occupational Safety and Health regulations, Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Board requirements, and are recognized by employers, schools and safety councils throughout Canada.

How long are the certificates valid?

First aid and CPR certificates are valid for three years.  However, the Canadian Red Cross Society recommends retraining every year.  You should also note that some employers require you to retrain every year.

When do I receive my certificate?

You will receive your certificate at the end of your successful completion of the course.  The certificate is provided in class and you will not have to wait for it to be mailed.

How long are the courses?

The length of the courses depend on the level of training.  Here are some of the most popular courses:
Standard First Aid with CPR - 14 to 16 hours
Emergency First Aid with CPR - 7 to 8 hours
CPR Level C or Level HCP - 6 to 8 hours
Please see the Course Schedule page for specific dates and times.

I am currently certified, do I have to pay for the full course again?

If you have a current certificate in Standard First Aid with CPR (Level C or Level HCP), you are eligible for a re-certification course.
If you have a current certificate in CPR (Level C or Level HCP), you are eligible for a re-certification course.
The cost for re-certification courses are lower than the cost for full courses.
Please see the Course Schedule for upcoming re-certification courses and costs.

What are the pre-requisites for the re-certification courses?

You must have a current Standard First Aid certification card from the Canadian Red Cross. Bring it to class with you.
The card must not be expired.
The last Standard First Aid class you completed must be the full course. If it was a re-certification course, you will need to take the full course now. The Canadian Red Cross does not permit participants to take back to back re-certifications.

What is Level C CPR?

Level C CPR includes the CPR skills for adult casualties, children, and infants.  It also teaches 2-person rescues, and provides certification for public access Automated External Defibrillator (A.E.D.).  Level C CPR is sometimes called Basic Rescuer CPR.  Nursing students will recognize this course as Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS).

What are your classes like?

Our classes are set in a casual, interactive learning environment.  Class time is spent practising the skills through working with partners, groups, and the CPR manikins.  It is a very hands-on approach which helps you to understand the topics more easily.  Students in our courses include people of all ages, skills and interest levels.  Click here to see some photos of previous classes.

Is learning first aid and CPR difficult?

The goal of the Canadian Red Cross is to provide first aid training to every person in Canada.  Vital CPR - First Aid Training strives for the same goal.  Our courses teach basic steps that can be applied to any emergency situation.  We make learning the skills easier by reinforcing the key concepts and by providing lots of class time for hands-on practice.  We want you to succeed!