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 is a continuation of the Society's efforts to provide Canadians with the education and training to prevent injury and/or incidents.

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.

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

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
  • Lifesaving Standard First Aid Recertification- approved as a standard first aid
  • Aquatic Emergency Care – approved as a standard first aid
  • Aquatic Emergency Card Recertification- approved as a standard first aid

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

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.

Lifesaving CPR Training

These 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.

Prerequisite(s): None

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification

Recertification: None. Must attend an 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.

Prerequisite(s): None

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification

Recertification: None. Must attend an 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, AED operation and bag-valve-masks. 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).

Prerequisite(s): None

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification

Recertification: None. Must attend an original course

Lifesaving First Aid

Emergency First Aid

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

Prerequisite(s): None

Certification Currency: 3 years from the date of certification

Recertification: None. Must attend an 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, environmental injuries, bone and joint injuries, abdominal and chest injuries, burns, and medical emergencies. Includes CPR-C and AED certification.

Prerequisite(s): None

Certification Currency: 3 years from the date of certification

Recertification: Attend Lifesaving Standard First Aid Re-certification course within the three (3) year currency period

Standard First Aid Recertification

Standard First Aid Recertification is a challenge of both theory and practical examination of all skills. Individuals using another Alberta workplace approved standard first aid as a prerequisite to recertify must provide proof of current certification in order to be eligible to recertify (e.g. copy of certification card). Individuals who are no longer current cannot recertify and must attend an original course. Individuals who are unsuccessful in completing a Lifesaving Standard First Aid Recertification course are required to complete an original course. No repeat recertification courses are permitted.

Prerequisite(s): Current Lifesaving Standard First Aid or current Government of Alberta workplace approved Standard First Aid

Certification Currency: 3 years from the date of certification

Recertification: Attend Lifesaving Standard First Aid Re-certification course within the three (3) year currency period. Individuals who are unsuccessful in completing a Lifesaving Standard First Aid Recertification course are required to complete an original course. No repeat recertification courses are permitted

Aquatic Emergency Care

Aquatic Emergency Care provides comprehensive training covering all aspects of first aid and CPR as well as emergencies specific to 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.

Prerequisite(s): None

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification

Recertification: Attend Lifesaving Aquatic Emergency Care Re-certification course within the two (2) year currency period

Aquatic Emergency Care Recertification

Aquatic Emergency Care re-certification is a challenge of both the theory and practical examination of all skills. 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 Alberta workplace approved standard first aid as a prerequisite to recertify must provide proof of current certification in order to be eligible to recertify (e.g. copy of certification card). Individuals who are no longer current cannot recertify and must attend an original course.

Prerequisite(s): Aquatic Emergency Care

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification

Recertification: Attend Lifesaving Aquatic Emergency Care Re-certification course within the two (2) year currency period. Individuals who are unsuccessful in completing a Lifesaving Aquatic Emergency Care Recertification course are required to complete an original course. No repeat recertification courses are permitted

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.

Prerequisite(s): None

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification

Recertification: None. Must attend an original course