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First aid and CPR training can help you be prepared for almost any emergency. Candidates that receive first aid training learn to be prepared for emergencies as well as become part of the chain of survival. The Red Cross is the leader in providing the most up-to-date first aid and CPR training (register for a training course near you) and the leader in quality and quantity of first aid training offered in Canada.

Course Content:

The general content learned in all Red Cross first aid training includes the following topics:

  • Respiratory emergencies including asthma, anaphylaxis and hyperventilation.
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    By taking and Red Cross first aid course you will learn basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation training.
  • Circulatory emergencies including heart attacks, angina and stroke.
  • Diabetic emergencies including hypo and hyperglycaemia.
  • Environmental emergencies including heat exhaustion, cramps and stroke and hypothermia.
  • Seizures.
  • Poisons.
  • Sprains and Strains.
  • Fractures, dislocations, amputations and broken bones.
  • Contusions, abrasions, and other deadly bleeding.
  • Blunt force trauma and internal bleeding.
All First Aid courses include CPR training. Candidates can usually select the level of CPR partnered with the course. CPR courses vary in level with the highest level being health care provider CPR  (CPR HCP) and the most basic CPR training being CPR level “A”. Candidates will learn similar CPR techniques regardless of the CPR course they are registered for (register for training).


Once candidates complete the skills component and the multiple choice test with a minimum grade of 75% they will receive a Red Cross first aid certificate that is valid for 3 years. Certification is nationally accredited and valid throughout Canada. The Red Cross offers first aid re-certification courses for candidates that require first aid renewal at a cheaper price and a shorter course.

Different Types of Red Cross First Aid Training:

The Canadian Red Cross offers a variety of different first aid courses. The following is a list of the popular first aid training:

  • Standard first aid and CPR level “C”
  • Standard childcare first aid and CPR level “B”
  • Emergency first aid and CPR level “A”
  • Emergency childcare first aid and CPR level “B”
  • Wilderness first aid and CPR level “C”
  • Marine first aid and CPR level “A”
  • Babysitting first aid and CPR.

All courses include training in the use of automated external defibrillators. If you are not sure what course to register for contact your employer or school to determine the level of first aid and CPR required.


The cost of Red Cross first aid training varies depending on location, the level of CPR associated with the first aid course (CPR training is mandatory with first aid), and the type of first aid course. Red Cross first aid training varies in price from 75 dollars to 165 dollars. More info here.


The most comprehensive first aid course available is standard first aid and health care provider CPR (CPR HCP). This course takes approximately 16 to 18 hours to complete. Basic first aid courses, such as emergency first aid and CPR level “A” are significantly shorter at a length of 8 hours. Emergency training course can be completed within one day.


This training course is available throughout Canada at comfortable and convenient locations. Each major metropolitan in Canada has several centres. To find a first aid course close to your location select one of the highlighted words throughout this page to be directed to a center near you.

Build confidence in yourself and learn to save the life of a loved one or stranger by getting first aid training. Learn to react to almost any emergency with the up to date training offered through a Red Cross course.