Canadian Re-Certification Courses

Canadian Re-Certification Courses
Canadian Re-Certification Courses

Canadian first aid and CPR re-certification courses are offered by all of the major Canadian first aid and CPR providers. These courses are designed for people that need to renew previously awarded first aid and/or CPR certification. Candidates need to make sure they meet all of the prerequisites prior to registering for a course. Most courses taken through credible providers meet government and legislative standards for your area. In re-certification courses candidates will review all of the knowledge and skill learned in the previous course with attention paid to areas that need more work and changes to standards. Re-certification courses range in length from 3 hours to 8 hours. It is important to note that not all certifications are available for re-certification. If your first aid certificate is not listed below it is not available for re-certification.

Available Providers

The following providers offer first aid and CPR re-cert courses:

  • St Mark James Training
  • The Canadian Lifesaving Society
  • The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

The following is a list and description of the available first aid and CPR re-certification courses:

Available Canadian Re-Certification Courses

  • Standard first aid and CPR –  This course is one of the most popular renewal courses available. It takes approximately 8 hours to complete. Certification is valid for 3 years.
  • Emergency first aid and CPR – This course is an intensive 8-hour course that covers first aid, CPR, and AED re-certification. Certification is valid for 3 years.
  • Health Care Provider CPR – This course is a CPR-only re-cert course that takes approximately 4 hours to complete. Candidates will review CPR HCP and AED rescue techniques. Certification is valid for 3 years.
  • CPR level “C” – This course is the most popular CPR re-certification course available. Candidates will review CPR level “C” and AED rescue techniques and receive certification that is valid for 3 years.

Candidates may be required to renew certification at an earlier date based on employer or school policy.

Eligibility for Re-Certification:

In order to take first aid or CPR re-cert course candidates must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Candidates must have a first aid or CPR certificate that was issued within the past 3 years.
  • Candidates must have received a previous certificate from a credible Canadian provider. Credible Canadian providers include the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Lifesaving Society, St Mark James, and St. Johns Ambulance. Participants in Ontario must have a current St Mark James certificate in order to be eligible for a re-certification course.
  • Candidates must have received a Canadian certificate. International certificates will not be accepted for a re-certification course in Canada

Important Note: These prerequisites apply to the majority of provinces in Canada. Ontario has differing prerequisites. Participants in Ontario may not take consecutive re-certification programs and must have received previous certification awards through a St Mark James provider.


To register for a re-certification course in Canada click here to be transferred to one of our specific course providers. We are partnered with St Mark James training providers throughout Canada.

Course Cost:

Canadian re-certification courses vary in cost depending on location, provider, and type of course. Renewal courses vary in price from as low as 30 dollars to 100 dollars.


Candidates that successfully complete the multiple-choice test with a minimum grade of 75% percent and skill component will receive a workplace-approved certificate that is valid for 3 years. This certificate is nationally accredited and valid throughout Canada.