First Aid

First aid is a valuable life skill that saves lives by providing people with the skills and judgement to respond to a variety of first aid emergencies.  Research has shown that individuals with first aid training are less likely to become injured. First aid training from the Lifesaving Society is a continuation of the Society's efforts to provide Canadians with the education and training to prevent injury incidents.

The Lifesaving Society offers three levels of Lifesaving CPR (CPR-A and AED, CPR-C and AED, CPR-HCP); Oxygen Administration and Lifesaving First Aid (Emergency, Standard and Aquatic Emergency Care).

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The Lifesaving Society has Government of Alberta workplace approval for the following certification and re-certification courses:

  • Lifesaving Emergency First Aid – approved as an emergency first aid
  • Lifesaving Standard First Aid – approved as a standard first aid
  • Aquatic Emergency Care – approved as a standard first aid

Approval letters from the Government of Alberta and Government of Northwest Territories for Lifesaving Society First Aid programs can be found below:

The Government of Alberta maintains a list of workplace approved courses that can be accessed from their website: Government of Alberta Website         

Employers and workers are responsible for doing due diligence in researching first aid programs and certifications to make sure they are approved for the workplace in Alberta.

Certification cards for Lifesaving Society First Aid programs are issued by the Lifesaving Society. Instructors may issue Interim Cards valid for two (2) months to candidates who successfully complete all requirements of a first aid course.

First Aid Courses

First Aid Certification

Description

Pre-requisite(s)

Re-certification

Lifesaving CPR Training

Three levels of CPR training are designed to meet the needs of both the public and professional rescuers like lifeguards and health care professionals.    

Lifesaving CPR-A (Adult)

Covers all aspects of CPR skills and theory for adult casualties. CPR-A includes an introduction to the purpose of an AED and how they are used. CPR-A is included in Emergency First Aid.

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification

None Must attend original course.

Lifesaving CPR-C

(Adult/Child/Infant)

Covers all aspects of CPR skills and theory for adult, child, and infant casualties, including two-rescuer CPR skills. CPR-C includes an introduction to the purpose of an AED and how they are used. CPR-C is included in Standard First Aid and Aquatic Emergency Care.

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification

None Must attend original course.

Lifesaving CPR-Health Care Provider (HCP)

Covers all aspects of CPR skills and theory for adult, child and infant casualties, including Rescue Breathing (artificial respiration) and the use of AEDs and BVMs. This Health Care Provider (HCP) level is designed specifically for those who, as part of their job description as Health Care Providers, have a duty to respond to medical emergencies (e.g. doctors, nurses, paramedics, and allied health care professionals).

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification

None Must attend original course.

Oxygen Administration 

     
Oxygen Administration

Oxygen Administration provides the knowledge and techniques for the use of oxygen as a supplement in an emergency care situation. In a learn-by-doing approach, the Oxygen Administration course teaches the correct use of oxygen equipment and the benefits of oxygen.

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification

None Must attend original course.

Lifesaving First Aid

     
Emergency First Aid

Emergency First Aid is for people who want a general knowledge of first aid principles and the emergency treatment of injuries. Skills include: casualty assessment, CPR, AED, choking, what to do for external bleeding, heart attack, and stroke. Includes CPR-C and AED certification.

Lifesaving Emergency First Aid is Government of Alberta and Government of Northwest Territories workplace approved.

Certification Currency: 3 years from the date of certification

Re-certification: None. Must complete original Emergency First Aid course to remain current.

 None Must attend original course.
Standard First Aid

Standard First Aid provides comprehensive training covering all aspects of first aid and CPR. This course is for those who want an in-depth understanding of first aid such as: medical/legal aspects, spinal injuries, heat or cold injuries, bone and joint injuries, abdominal and chest injuries, burns, and medical emergencies. Includes CPR-C and AED certification.

Lifesaving Standard First Aid is Government of Alberta and Government of Northwest Territories workplace approved.

Certification Currency: 3 years from the date of certification

 None Attend Lifesaving Standard First Aid Re-certification Course.
Standard First Aid Re-certification

Standard First Aid re-certification is a challenge of both the theory and practical examination of all mandatory skills. Re-certification is completed by attending a Lifesaving Standard First Aid Re-certification course within the three (3) year currency period and demonstrating knowledge and skills though practical situations and a written exam.

Lifesaving Standard First Aid Re-certification is Government of Alberta and Government of Northwest Territories workplace approved.

Certification Currency: 3 years from the date of certification

NOTES: Individuals who are no longer current cannot re-certify and must attend an original course. 

Individuals using another Government of Alberta approved standard first aid as a prerequisite to re-certify must provide proof of current certification in order to be eligible for re-certify (e.g. copy of certification card).

Individuals who are unsuccessful in completing a Lifesaving Standard First Aid Re-certification course are required to complete an original course. No repeat re-certification courses are permitted.

Current Lifesaving Standard First Aid or current Government of Alberta workplace approved Standard First Aid.

Attend Lifesaving Standard First Aid Re-certification Course with the three (3) year currency period.

Individuals who are no longer current cannot re-certify and must attend an original course.

Individuals who are unsuccessful in completing a Lifesaving Standard First Aid Re-certification course are required to complete an original course. No repeat re-certification courses are permitted.

Aquatic Emergency Care

Aquatic Emergency Care provides comprehensive training covering all aspects of first aid and CPR as well as skills specific to emergencies in an aquatic setting. This First Aid course is recommended for lifeguards, aquatic instructors, lifesavers, and other individuals who may need to respond to a first aid emergency in an aquatic setting. Includes CPR-C and AED certification.

Aquatic Emergency Care is Government of Alberta and Government of Northwest Territories workplace approved (approved as Standard First Aid).

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification

 None Attend Aquatic Emergency Care Re-certification Course.
Aquatic Emergency Care Re-certification

Aquatic Emergency Care re-certification is a challenge of both the theory and practical examination of all mandatory skills. Re-certification is completed by attending an Aquatic Emergency Care Re-certification course within the two (2) year currency period and demonstrating knowledge and skills though practical situations and a written exam.

Aquatic Emergency Care Re-certification is Government of Alberta and Government of Northwest Territories workplace approved (approved as Standard First Aid).

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification

NOTE: Individuals with a current Lifesaving Standard First Aid or current Government of Alberta workplace approved Standard First Aid may challenge Aquatic Emergency Care.

Individuals using another Government of Alberta approved standard first aid to challenge to Aquatic Emergency Care must provide proof of current certification in order to be eligible (e.g. copy of certification card).

NOTE: Individuals who are no longer current cannot re-certify and must attend an original course. Individuals who are unsuccessful in completing an Aquatic Emergency Care Re-certification course are required to complete an original course. No repeat re-certification courses are permitted.

Aquatic Emergency Care

Attend an Aquatic Emergency Care Re-certification Course with the two (2) year currency period.

Individuals who are no longer current cannot re-certify and must attend an original course.

Individuals who are unsuccessful in completing an Aquatic Emergency Care Re-certification course are required to complete an original course. No repeat re-certification courses are permitted.

 

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