This page is dedicated to frequently asked questions pertaining to Canadian first aid and CPR certification:
Which is the best provider of Canadian first aid and CPR courses?
All of the providers essentially offer the same courses, however, St Mark James Training is the leader in quantity and quality of training. St Mark James is easily the largest and most reliable first aid provider in the world.
How long is my certificate valid for?
All of the providers offer certification that is valid for 3 years. Candidates may be required to renew certification at a earlier date based on employer or school standards. Check with your employer or school to determine the re-certification policy in place.
Is CPR re-certification part of first aid re-certification?
Yes, all first aid courses include re-certification in CPR and AED.
How long is a first aid course?
First aid courses in Canada vary in length depending on the type of course. Courses vary in length from 4 hours to 18 hours.
How much does it cost to take a first aid and or CPR course?
First aid and / or CPR courses vary in price depending on the type of course, location and provider. Courses vary in price from 45 dollars to 165 dollars.
When will I receive my certificate?
Candidates that register for a St Mark James first aid or CPR course will receive certification immediately upon successfully completing the course.
Will I receive a first aid or CPR manual?
Yes, included in every first aid or CPR course (except re-certifications) candidates will receive a first aid and / or CPR manual.
Is my Canadian certificate valid throughout the world?
No, certificates are only nationally accredited. They are valid throughout Canada but not internationally. Canada does not accept international certificates.
Can I re-certify my St. Johns Ambulance certificate through a workplace approved re-cert?
Yes and No, Canadians outside of Ontario that need to re-certify awards from other providers can do so through a workplace approved renewal course. All providers essentially offer courses with the same material. Participants in Ontario may only take re-certification courses if they have a current St Mark James award.
How come CPR standards keep changing?
Canadian CPR providers are given recommendations through a large committee called the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR). The major Canadian first aid and CPR provider adapt the CPR program to meet these recommendations every 5 years in order to help increase the chances of survival for victims.
Are first aid and CPR courses hard to pass?
No, most people have no difficulty with either the skills component or the multiple choice test.