First Aid and CPR

Emergency First Aid and CPR

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  •  3yr certification through the Canadian Red Cross


  • blended format (4hrs self-directed online, 5hrs in class)
  • traditional in-class format (9hrs)


  • CPR options include Level A or Level C


  • Learn lifesaving first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills for the workplace or home. 


  • Course meets legislation requirements for provincial/territorial worker safety and insurance boards and includes the latest first aid and CPR guidelines. 

Standard First Aid and CPR

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  •  3yr certification through the Canadian Red Cross


  • blended format ( 8hrs self-directed online, 6hrs in class)
  • traditional in-class format available (16hrs)


  • CPR options include Level A or Level C
  • Can be combined with a BLS course (see Professional Responder courses) 


  • includes all content from Emergency First Aid level


  • Learn first aid skills for head and neck injuries, sudden medical conditions, 


  • Course meets legislation requirements for provincial/territorial worker safety and insurance boards and includes the latest first aid and CPR guidelines 

CPR and AED

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  •  3yr certification through the Canadian Red Cross


  • options:  Level A (adult choking, CPR AED), Level C (adult, infant, child choking, CPR, AED)
  • BLS level available under Professional Responder courses


  • blended format   (Level A - 3hrs self-directed online, 2hrs in class) (Level C - 3hrs self-directed online, 3hrs in class)
  • traditional format (Level A - 5hrs, Level C - 6hrs)


  • Learn the skills needed to recognize and respond to cardiovascular emergencies and choking for adults, children, and babies depending on the level of CPR chosen. 


  • Courses meet legislation requirements for provincial/territorial worker safety and insurance boards, and include the latest CPR guidelines and training in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). 

Wilderness and Remote First Aid

Wilderness and Remote First Aid (Basic Level)

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  •  3yrs certification through the Canadian Red Cross


  • traditional format (20hrs) includes minimum 25% outdoor learning 


  • Basic level of Wilderness & Remote First Aid that covers material in Standard First Aid & CPR, plus special material on techniques for wilderness and remote areas
  • Learn strategies for providing extended care for up to 24 hours, extrication skills and treatment for specific wilderness illness / injuries


  • Suitable for those who work or live in remote locations or who are outdoor recreation enthusiasts. 
  • Meets legislative requirements for Workplace First Aid certification

Advanced Wilderness and Remote First Aid

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  •  3yrs certification through the Canadian Red Cross


  • traditional format (40hrs) includes minimum 50% outdoor learning


  • Advanced level of Wilderness & Remote First Aid covering all material in the basic course plus advanced skills and strategies for those needing a higher level of training 
  • Advanced content includes wilderness leadership and advanced strategies for providing extended care for more than 24 hours such as reduction of dislocation, monitoring vital signs, spinal motion restriction guidelines etc...
  • in-depth, detailed scenarios assist in developing confidence in critical thinking and decision making


  • Suitable for those who  work and respond to emergencies in isolated or wilderness settings such as guides or supervisors for groups of people. 

Upgrade to Advanced Wilderness and Remote First Aid

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  •  3yrs certification through the Canadian Red Cross 


  • traditional format (20hrs) includes minimum of 50% outdoor learning


  • Wilderness & Remote First Aid taken within past 12months prerequisite


  • upgrade from the Basic level course to the Advanced level 
  • includes all content from the Advanced level

Mental Health and Wellness

Building Resiliency - Taking Care of Yourself

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  • 90min self-directed, online module


  • Build a personal understanding of the effects of stress, loss and grief through the Red Cross Look, Listen, Link, Live model, and develop a self-care action plan.


  • included in Psychological First Aid certification course

Being there for Others

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  • 90min self-directed, online module


  • Build an understanding of the effects of stress, loss and grief on others through the Red Cross Look, Listen, Link, Live model.


  • included in Psychological First Aid certification course

Psychological First Aid Certification

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  • 3yr certification from the Canadian Red Cross


  • blended format (7hrs in class, 90mins online)


  • build resiliency and learn how to support others to cope with the effects of various types of stress, loss, trauma and grief
  • emphasis on establishing a connection with people in a compassionate non-judgmental manner


  • includes both online modules - Care for Self and Care for Other

Online Self Directed Courses

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  • two 90min self-directed, online modules available


  • both modules are included in teh Psychological First Aid certification course


Self Care Module - Build a personal understanding of the effects of stress, loss and grief and develop a self care plan to help better respond to life's daily stresses. 


Care for Others Module - recognize when someone is experiencing distress and learn how to help them while connecting them with community resources they need

Psychological First Aid vs Mental Health First Aid?

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Professional Responder

Basic Life Support (BLS)

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  •  1yr certification through the Canadian Red Cross


  • traditional format (4hrs)


  • Airway Management and Oxygen Therapy can be added as additional certifications to this course. 


  • Build confidence in performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills as part of a rescue team, rapid assessments and perform rapid defibrillation


  • Designed for  nursing staff, care aides, medical and dental professionals, pre-hospital care providers,  fire services, rescue team, sports-medicine, lifeguards and ski patrol. 

First Responder and BLS

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  • 3yrs certification through the Canadian Red Cross


  • traditional format (40hrs)


  • CPR Level C required pre-requisite for full 40hr course
  • Includes BLS, Airway Management and Oxygen Therapy courses


  • Learn advanced first aid and CPR skills such as advanced patient assessments, BLS, airway management, oxygen therapy, hemorrhage control, and care for a variety of acute and chronic conditions


  • Designed for  fire service, rescue team, workplace response team, sports-medicine professionals, lifeguards and ski patrol 

 

Emergency Medical Responder

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  •  3yrs certification through the Canadian Red Cross


  • traditional format (80hrs)


  • upgrade from First Responder (40hrs)


  • Standard First Aid and CPR C required pre-requisite for full 80hr program
  • Includes all content from First Responder program


  • Learn knowledge and skills needed to provide appropriate patient assessments, interventions, and on-going care, including the transportation of a patient to a healthcare facility
  • Content  follows the National Occupational Competency Profiles (NOCP) as defined by the Paramedic Association of Canada 

Airway Management

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  •  3yr certification through the Canadian Red Cross


  • traditional format (2hrs - stand alone, 1hrs - combined with BLS)


  • Learn to provide a patent airway, the interventions to maintain it, and the equipment available to carry out these skills  


  • Designed for  in-facility and health care providers (nursing, care aides, dental industry, medical offices etc.), pre-hospital care groups (fire departments, rescue teams, sports therapists, lifeguards, SCUBA divers, ski patrol, etc.).  

Oxygen Therapy

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  •  3yrs certification through the Canadian Red Cross


  • traditional format (2hrs - stand alone,  1hrs - combined with BLS)


  • Learn to correctly identify when it is necessary to administer supplemental oxygen, how to properly and safely handle and assemble the equipment and how to correctly deliver supplemental oxygen through the appropriate delivery device. 


  • Designed for  in-facility and health care providers (nursing, care aides, dental industry, medical offices etc.), pre-hospital care groups (fire departments, rescue teams, sports therapists, lifeguards, SCUBA divers, ski patrol, etc.). 

Instructor Certification

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Red Cross Instructor Development Process

The Canadian Red Cross Instructor Development Program is a comprehensive program designed to prepare  instructors to support dynamic, learner-centred classroom environments. 

Certification is through the Canadian Red Cross and valid for 3yrs from date of issue. 

Instructor candidates must complete all steps to become initially certified. The Fundamentals Module is only completed once during the initial instructor certification. Once certified as an instructor, additional levels may be added by completing only steps 1, 3 and 5. 

Candidates with prior training or experience as Educators  (ex: Board of Education teachers) or those coming from other first aid agencies may transfer to Canadian Red Cross Instructor through a modified pathway. 

Step 1: Skills and Pre-requisite Verification Module

  •  required by all candidates regardless of background, required at each new instructor level
  • traditional classroom format
  • time length varies on program you wish to teach

Confirm prerequisites are met: 

  • 18 years or older
  • have a valid participant certificate for the program (CPR, First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, Professional Responder, BLS etc..) you wish to teach

Pass Skills Assessment

  • Successfully complete a skills evaluation for the program you wish to teach

Step 2: Fundamentals of Instruction Module

  • taken only once in process of becoming an instructor
  • blended format (online self directed module 8hrs, in class traditional format 15hrs)

Content

  • program standards and code of behavior for Red Cross Instructors
  • teaching and learning strategies/ techniques, Red Cross philosophy of instruction, creating positive learning environments
  • assessing and evaluating students, communication and providing effective feedback
  • includes pre-course and in-class micro teaching teaching assignments

Pre-requisites

  • completion of Step 1 (Skills Verification Module) 
  • completion of online, self directed Fundamentals module within past 30dys

Step 3: Discipline Specific Module

  • taken for each discipline  / program area: First Aid and CPR, Wilderness and Remote First Aid, Professional Rescuer
  • traditional in classroom format (15hrs)

Content

  • specific courses in each discipline
  • standards for each level  in discipline chosen
  • specific teaching strategies for content in discipline
  • electronic and physical resources for discipline
  • includes pre-course and in-class micro teaching assignments

Pre-requisites

  • completion of Steps 1 and 2
  • current provider level for discipline

Step 4: Teaching Experience Module

  • completed fro each new discipline / program area: First Aid and CPR, Wilderness and Remote First Aid, Professional Rescuer
  • blended format (self directed on-line module 1hrs, traditional classroom - varies)
  • must be completed within 1 yr of completing Discipline Specific module

Content

  • online module helps candidates prepare to complete their in-class teaching experience
  • in-class module has the instruction candidate teaching with a Teaching Experience Supervisor on an actual course within their new discipline, 3 attempts are permitted for this module 

Pre-requisites

  • completion of Step 3
  • completion of online teaching experience module 

Instructor Transfers

Two options exist for candidates with instructional training ad experience from another program / agency.
Option 1: Previous First Aid Instruction Experience

  • complete all modules EXCEPT the Discipline Specific module

Option 2: Previous experience as an educator or Red Cross Watersafety Instructor

  • complete all modules EXCEPT the in-class component of the Fundamentals of Instructions
  • must still complete the online module for the Fundamentals

Specialty and Custom Training

International Trauma Life Support (ITLS)

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  • 3yr certification through ITLS Ontario and ITLS International


  • blended format (8hrs online eTrauma module, 8hrs in-class eCompleter module)
  • traditional format (16hrs in-class)


  • Learn to rapidly identify immediate life threats to a trauma patient using the ITLS framework and focus on the essential skills and knowledge to take better care of trauma patients in any situation


  • eTrauma Module - the online prerequisite for the 8hr eCompleter courses, covers the theoretical and knowledge components of the ITLS course, can be taken as a stand-alone continuing education module or as the pre-requisite to the eCompleter to become certified in ITLS


  • eCompleter Module - provides hands-on skills and scenarios in the traditional ITLS course, includes the final written and practical testing required to earn the full ITLS certification 

 

Cold Water and Hypothermia Survival

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  •  non-certification workshop taught in the classroom, there is no in water  or on ice requirements


  • traditional format (4hrs in-class)


  • learn to be safer on and around frozen and cold water
  • learn to assess ice for safer travel, what to do should you fall through and how to help someone else using a non-contact, land based rescue technique
  • learn to prevent, recognize and treat hypothermia in yourself and others
  • emphasis is on personal safety and preparation, includes discussion on personal safety equipment


  • ideally suited for anyone who travels or works on ice, around cold water or outdoor recreation enthusiasts

Customized Training and Workshops

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Are you are looking for something more specific or tailored to your needs ? We can help by developing a customized training session for you.

  • tell us your learning objectives and needs, identify any  required parameters (eg: time length, format etc...) 
  • we will develop the learning activities, share the proposal with you to ensure it meets your needs and then facilitate the training for you 
  • the format (online, blended, traditional classroom), timing (day/night/weekend) and length will depend on the content and your needs
  • completion certificates can be issued for participant if requested