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With so many professions, which course is right for me?

Wondering which first aid & CPR course is right for your academics or profession?  Different academic levels and professions have different standards when it comes to first aid and CPR:

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In today's work force, workplace safety is paramount, and is more of a priority than it was a few decades ago.  Nowadays, employers are mandated by the Ontario Health and Safety Association (OSHA) and the Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) to provide adequate first aid training for all of their employees.  Automated external defibrillators (or AEDs) are now becoming more and more commonplace in public venues and workplaces.  This brings the question: Which first aid certification do I need to meet the OSHA and WSIB requirements?

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Ontario Regulation 1101:

Ontario regulation 1101 has clear guidelines when it comes to what type of certification an employee must have, and is generally dictated by the size of the workforce:

  • One to five employees: Emergency first aid & CPR is required.
  • Six employees and up: Standard first aid & CPR is required.
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Course Types:

The standard two day first aid and CPR course is the most commonly chosen course for all professions because it covers all thirteen comprehensive chapters of first aid, CPR, and AED, as opposed to eight chapters for emergency first aid & CPR.  Standard first aid and CPR is a MANDATORY requirement for the following professions:

  • Police Officers.
  • Firefighters
  • Personal support workers.
  • Nurses.
  • Doctors.
  • Dentists.
  • Dental hygienists.
  • Childcare workers.
  • Teachers.
  • Teaching assistants.

Emergency first aid & CPR, which is a 1 day 8 hour course is becoming more common with service providers, such as security guards, truck drivers, taxi drivers, general labourers, etc.  Ememrgency first aid and CPR is suitable for a workforce of 5 employees or less per shift and location.  Please note that your employer will dictate which course is needed for your employment as there is no universal standard requirement (with the exception of health care providers).

CPR is the basic life saver course in which is required for parents, grandparents, students participating in extra curricular activities, as well as coaches and trainers.  CPR alone is the minimum standard for CPR certification.  The Academy For First Aid and Safety highly recommends consulting with your employer and/or school to ensure proper and adequate CPR training is obtained.

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Levels of First Aid & CPR:

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Level B- Babies:

This level is predominantly required for child care workers, nannies, and babysitters who are in the care of newborns and infants. Please note the that Canadian Red Cross does not use level B by itself. Instead, they have level C which includes both infants and children.

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Level C- Children:

This is the universal level that is most commonly selected. It includes baby, children, and adult CPR. By default, level C should be chosen unless specified otherwise by your employer or educational institution.

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Level A- Adult:

Only CPR for an adult will be taught. Level A is common for work places that do not have anyone under the age of 18 on site.

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Level HCP:

This level is catered to health care professionals, such as doctors, nurses, personal support workers, dentists, dental hygienists, etc. It involves two person rescue breathing and CPR using a BVM (bag valve mask) and contains additional training for head and spinal injuries. HCP covers babies (infants), children, and adults.

Students attending post-secondary education

Students attending post secondary education:

Students who are attending post secondary education in a field where it is mandatory to obtain WSIB compliant first aid & CPR should check with their professor the required level of certification needed for academic purposes.  We have listed some of the most common courses below that need valid first aid & CPR with the most popular post secondary institutions in the greater Toronto area:

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Seneca College:

- Nursing:
- Practical Nursing:

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Humber College:

- Health Sciences:

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George Brown:

- Nursing:
- Personal Support Worker (PSW)
- Dental

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Centennial College:

- Health studies:

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I am a:

Security Guard:

The Ministry of Private Security and Investigative Services Branch of Ontario (PISIB) requires all security guards who are seeking security guard licensing to obtain emergency first aid & CPR Level C, including AED certification.

Emergency first aid & CPR level C is the minimum level required for your security guard licensing.  Obtaining standard first aid and/or HCP certification levels are also acceptable because they are considered to be superior to the minimum requirement of emergency first aid & CPR Level C.

Please note that if your job site has five employees or more per shift, you will need standard first aid & CPR level C in order to satisfy the WSIB's regulatory requirements.

Health care provider:

Whether you work at a nursing home, a hospital, a dental clinic, or a retirement home, one thing is in common: Your job requires you to provide care for individuals.  Therefore, you are considered a health care provider.

Your profession will require HCP (health care provider) certification.  Keep in mind that there are three tiered levels of HCP training: CPR Level HCP, Emergency first aid & CPR Level HCP, and Standard first aid & CPR Level HCP.  Your employer will dictate which level you will require.  If in doubt, choose standard first aid & CPR Level HCP.

Volunteer at a hospital or similar caring role:

Regardless if you are volunteering or on paid duty, your job requires you to provide care for individuals.  Therefore, you are considered a health care provider.

Your profession will require HCP (health care provider) certification.  Keep in mind that there are three tiered levels of HCP training: CPR Level HCP, Emergency first aid & CPR Level HCP, and Standard first aid & CPR Level HCP.  Your employer will dictate which level you will require.  If in doubt, choose standard first aid & CPR Level HCP.

Paramedic:

Whether you work at a nursing home, a hospital, a dental clinic, or a retirement home, one thing is in common: Your job requires you to provide care for individuals.  Therefore, you are considered a health care provider.

Your profession will require HCP (health care provider) certification.  Keep in mind that there are three tiered levels of HCP training: CPR Level HCP, Emergency first aid & CPR Level HCP, and Standard first aid & CPR Level HCP.  Your employer will dictate which level you will require.  If in doubt, choose standard first aid & CPR Level HCP.

Denist:

Whether you work at a nursing home, a hospital, a dental clinic, or a retirement home, one thing is in common: Your job requires you to provide care for individuals.  Therefore, you are considered a health care provider.

Your profession will require HCP (health care provider) certification.  Keep in mind that there are three tiered levels of HCP training: CPR Level HCP, Emergency first aid & CPR Level HCP, and Standard first aid & CPR Level HCP.  Your employer will dictate which level you will require.  If in doubt, choose standard first aid & CPR Level HCP.

Dental hygenist:

Whether you work at a nursing home, a hospital, a dental clinic, or a retirement home, one thing is in common: Your job requires you to provide care for individuals.  Therefore, you are considered a health care provider.

Your profession will require HCP (health care provider) certification.  Keep in mind that there are three tiered levels of HCP training: CPR Level HCP, Emergency first aid & CPR Level HCP, and Standard first aid & CPR Level HCP.  Your employer will dictate which level you will require.  If in doubt, choose standard first aid & CPR Level HCP.

Construction tradesman / journeyman:

The most common certification level is the two-day standard first aid and CPR (with AED training) level C. 

Emergency first aid & CPR is also acceptable, but you must be working in a team or shift of no more than four employees at your job location.

Your employer will dictate which course you should take, but in general cases (and unless you’re in an industry that says otherwise), you should choose standard first aid & CPR.

Driver:

For taxi drivers, bus drivers, chauffeurs, and delivery drivers, the most common certification level is the two-day standard first aid and CPR (with AED training) level C. 

If you drive alone, or in a small team of 1-4 employees, emergency first aid & CPR will also suffice.

Your employer will dictate which course you should take, but in general cases (and unless you’re in an industry that says otherwise), you should choose standard first aid & CPR.

Labourer:

The most common certification level is the two-day standard first aid and CPR (with AED training) level C. 

Emergency first aid and CPR level C is also acceptable; however, you must work in a small team of 1-4 employees.  Anything above four employees will require you to have standard first and CPR certification.

Your employer will dictate which course you should take, but in general cases (and unless you’re in an industry that says otherwise), you should choose standard first aid and CPR.

Arborist, tree lopper:

The most common certification level is the two-day standard first aid and CPR (with AED training) level C. 

Emergency first aid and CPR level C is also acceptable; however, you must work in a small team of 1-4 employees.  Anything above four employees will require you to have standard first and CPR certification.

Your employer will dictate which course you should take, but in general cases (and unless you’re in an industry that says otherwise), you should choose standard first aid and CPR.

Office worker:

The most common certification level is the two-day standard first aid and CPR (with AED training) level C. 

Emergency first aid and CPR level C is also acceptable; however, you must work in a small team of 1-4 employees.  Anything above four employees will require you to have standard first and CPR certification.

Your employer will dictate which course you should take, but in general cases (and unless you’re in an industry that says otherwise), you should choose standard first aid and CPR.

Trainers & Coachers:

The most common certification level is the two-day standard first aid and CPR (with AED training) level C. 

Emergency first aid and CPR level C is also acceptable; however, you must work in a small team of 1-4 employees.  Anything above four employees will require you to have standard first and CPR certification.

Your employer will dictate which course you should take, but in general cases (and unless you’re in an industry that says otherwise), you should choose standard first aid and CPR.

Staff member at a gym / recreational club:

The most common certification level is the two-day standard first aid and CPR (with AED training) level C. 

Emergency first aid and CPR level C is also acceptable; however, you must work in a small team of 1-4 employees.  Anything above four employees will require you to have standard first and CPR certification.

Your employer will dictate which course you should take, but in general cases (and unless you’re in an industry that says otherwise), you should choose standard first aid and CPR.

Waitress, hostess, bartender

The most common certification level is the two-day standard first aid and CPR (with AED training) level C. 

Emergency first aid and CPR level C is also acceptable; however, you must work in a small team of 1-4 employees.  Anything above four employees will require you to have standard first and CPR certification.

Your employer will dictate which course you should take, but in general cases (and unless you’re in an industry that says otherwise), you should choose standard first aid and CPR.

Childcare worker:

The most common certification level is the two-day standard first aid and CPR (with AED training) level C. 

Your employer will dictate which course you should take, but in general cases (and unless you’re in an industry that says otherwise), you should choose standard first aid and CPR.

Teacher, teaching assistant:

The most common certification level is the two-day standard first aid and CPR (with AED training) level C. 

Your employer will dictate which course you should take, but in general cases (and unless you’re in an industry that says otherwise), you should choose standard first aid and CPR.

Police Officer:

The most common certification level is the two-day standard first aid and CPR (with AED training) level C. 

Your employer will dictate which course you should take, but in general cases (and unless you’re in an industry that says otherwise), you should choose standard first aid and CPR.

Pilot, flight attendant:

The most common certification level is the two-day standard first aid and CPR (with AED training) level C. 

Your employer will dictate which course you should take, but in general cases (and unless you’re in an industry that says otherwise), you should choose standard first aid and CPR.

Firefighter:

The most common certification level is the two-day standard first aid and CPR (with AED training) level C. 

Your employer will dictate which course you should take, but in general cases (and unless you’re in an industry that says otherwise), you should choose standard first aid and CPR.

Personal support worker:

Whether you work at a nursing home, a hospital, a dental clinic, or a retirement home, one thing is in common: Your job requires you to provide care for individuals.  Therefore, you are considered a health care provider.

Your profession will require HCP (health care provider) certification.  Keep in mind that there are three tiered levels of HCP training: CPR Level HCP, Emergency first aid & CPR Level HCP, and Standard first aid & CPR Level HCP.  Your employer will dictate which level you will require.  If in doubt, choose standard first aid & CPR Level HCP.