First aid and CPR courses

Each year, about 13,000 Canadians die as a result of injuries – accounting for more years of life lost than cancer, heart disease and stroke combined.

The Ottawa Paramedic Service offers first aid training. View our courses, see our course schedule and register online!

Find course prices and schedules.

Standard First Aid, CPR C and Automated External Defibrillation (AED) Certification

Introduces participants to the basic functions of CPR by covering all major topics, such as: chocking, airway and breathing emergencies, and prevention of disease transmission. This course is suitable for first responder in the workplace.

This course does not meet the prerequisite for the National Lifeguard Service (NLS) course.

Duration: Two Days (16 hours)

Certification:
First Aid and CPR valid for three years
AED valid for one year


Content
:

  • Scene Management, Primary and Secondary Assessment
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Adult, Child and Infant CPR and Choking Procedures
  • Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
  • Cardiovascular Emergencies – heart attack, angina, stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA)
  • Shock
  • Bleeding
  • Burns
  • Eyes
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries – breaks, sprains, strains, dislocations and fractures
  • Head and Spinal Injuries
  • Chest and Abdominal Injuries
  • Medical Emergencies – diabetes, asthma, anaphylaxis, poisoning and seizures
  • Environmental - Hot and Cold – Emergencies
  • Triage
  • Moving and lifting

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Standard First Aid, CPR C and Automated External Defibrillation (AED) Recertification

Recertification allows participants to practice and review skills, as well as learn new standards in first aid. 

Note: 

This course is only available for individuals that currently have a Standard First Aid certification that is still valid. Proof of a valid Standard First Aid Certification (2-days) must be presented at the beginning of the course. Students unable to provide a current certification at the time of the course will not be permitted to attend. A certification is only deemed to be valid if the expiration date on the card has not passed.  If your certification has expired you must take the full two day standard first aid course.

Duration: Eight hours

Certification:
First Aid and CPR valid for three years
AED valid for one year
 

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Emergency First Aid, CPR C and Automated External Defibrillation (AED) Certification

Designed to give participants a general overview of first aid by teaching you how to think and react in an emergency until medical help arrives. This course is suitable for those who are working as first responders in their workplace.

Duration: One Day (eight hours)

Certification:
First Aid and CPR valid for three years
AED valid for one year

Content:

  • Scene Management and Primary Assessment
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Adult, Child and Infant CPR and Choking Procedures
  • Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
  • Cardiovascular Emergencies – heart attack, angina, stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA)
  • Shock
  • Bleeding
  • Burns
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries – breaks, sprains, strains, dislocations and fractures
  • Medical Emergencies –respiratory (asthma), anaphylaxis, seizures and diabetes

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 CPR C and Automated External Defibrillation (AED) Certification

This course teaches participants how to administer CPR to adults, children and infants. It also covers topics such as, choking and the use of an AED.

Duration: Half Day (four hours)

Certification: Valid for one year

Content:

  • Scene Management and Primary Assessment
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Adult, Child and Infant CPR and Choking Procedures
  • Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
  • Cardiovascular Emergencies – heart attack, angina, stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA)
  • Shock

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CPR A and Automated External Defibrillation (AED) Certification

This course teaches participants basic functions in CPR, treatment of a conscious and unconscious adult choking victim, as well as heart attack and stroke.

Duration: Three Hours

Certification: Valid for one year

Content:

  • Scene Management and Primary Assessment
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Adult CPR and Choking Procedures
  • Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
  • Cardiovascular Emergencies – heart attack, angina, stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA)
  • Shock

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Oxygen Therapy and Airway Management Certification

This course teaches participants how to maintain the patient’s airway and advanced airway techniques.

Duration: Half Day (four hours)

Certification: Valid for two years

Content:

  • Scene Management and Primary Assessment
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Use of Bag Valve Mask (BVM), pocket mask, face shield and non-rebreathing mask
  • Use of supplemental oxygen in a first aid environment
  • Changing and storing oxygen cylinders
  • V-Vac suction
  • Artificial Respiration (rescue breathing)
  • Assisted Respiration
  • Complications of oxygen administration
  • Paediatric oxygen administration

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Health Care Provider (HCP) CPR C and Automated External Defibrillation (AED) Certification

This course is geared for participants that work in the health care industry. It covers Advanced CPR and choking procedure techniques for adults, children and infants.

Duration: Half Day (four hours)

Certification: Valid for one year

Content:

  • Scene Management and Primary Assessment
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Adult, Child and Infant CPR and Choking Procedures; including modifications for:
    • A patient found unresponsive
    • Witnessed cardiac arrest
    • Advanced paediatric concerns
  • Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
  • Bag-Valve Mask (BVM)
  • Artificial Respiration
  • Checking for pulse
  • Cardiovascular Emergencies - heart attack, angina, stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA)
  • Shock

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First Aid, CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Instructor

This course is designed for individuals who have a strong grasp of first aid and would like to become certified as first aid instructors. Upon successful course completion instructors would be certified to teach:

  • Standard, Emergency and Basic First Aid
  • CPR A, B and C
  • Automated External Defibrillation (AED)

Duration:

  • Instructor Course: 18 hours
  • Co-Teach (14 hours): Instructor candidates are required to co-teach a 2-day Standard First Aid course with a certified Ottawa Paramedic Service First Aid Instructor. This co-teach must be scheduled within six months of the Instructor Course date. Co-teaches are scheduled by the instructor-candidate as per course availability. Instructor candidates are responsible for teaching selected items as well as aid in participant evaluations, course set-up, takedown, etc.
  • Audit (14 hours): Candidates successful in the co-teach must then teach an audited 2-day Standard First Aid, CPR C and AED Course. The audit must be scheduled within six months of the Instructor Course date. Audits will take place during regularly scheduled Ottawa Paramedic Service First Aid Courses, and an audit fee will be applied to any private courses (non-Ottawa Paramedic Service scheduled courses). A certified Ottawa Paramedic Service Instructor-Trainer will conduct this audit. Upon successful completion, the instructor candidate will be a certified Ottawa Paramedic Service First Aid Instructor.

 Prerequisites

  • 18 years of age
  • Ottawa Paramedic Service Standard First Aid, CPR C “Basic Rescuer” and AED Certification
  • If you would like to take the course but have a first aid certificate from another organization please contact us at 613-580-2424, ext.32434 or by e-mail at: cpr@ottawa.ca to ensure your qualification is sufficient.
  • All necessary materials will be provided
  • Work: Participants will be issued a pre-course package that contains readings and assignments that must be completed before the beginning of the course.

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Standard First Aid, CPR C and AED Instructor Cross-Over Clinic

This course is designed for individuals who hold a current First Aid and CPR Instructor Certification with another agency (Red Cross, St-John's, Lifesaving Society, etc.) and would like to become certified as an Ottawa Paramedic Service First Aid Instructor. Upon successful course completion instructors will be certified to teach:

  • Standard, Emergency and Basic First Aid
  • CPR A, B and C
  • Automated External Defibrillation (AED)

Duration:

  • Instructor Cross-Over Course: 4 hours After taking the cross-over clinic, candidates would have to complete the following before they become certified as an instructor:
  • Co-Teach (14 hours): Instructor candidates are required to co-teach a two-day Standard First Aid course with a certified Ottawa Paramedic Service First Aid Instructor. This co-teach must be scheduled within six months of the Instructor Course date. Co-teaches are scheduled by the instructor-candidate as per course availability. Instructor candidates are responsible for teaching selected items as well as aid in participant evaluations, course set-up, takedown, etc.
  • Audit (14 hours): Candidates successful in the co-teach must then teach an audited two-day Standard First Aid, CPR C and AED Course. The audit must be scheduled within six months of the Instructor Course date. Audits will take place during regularly scheduled Ottawa Paramedic Service First Aid Courses, and an audit fee will be applied to any private courses (non-Ottawa Paramedic Service scheduled courses). A certified Ottawa Paramedic Service Instructor-Trainer will conduct this audit. Upon successful completion, the instructor candidate will be a certified Ottawa Paramedic Service First Aid Instructor.

Prerequisites:

  • 18 years of age
  • Ottawa Paramedic Service Standard First Aid, CPR C “Basic Rescuer” and AED Certification
  • Must hold a current Standard First Aid and CPR Instructor Certification with another agency (Red Cross, St-John's, Lifesaving Society, etc)
  • Upon registering for the course, participants must pick-up the instructor manual and complete the pre-course test and assignments.

Material: All necessary materials will be provided. All participants will leave the course with an instructor package that includes all first aid supplies required to demonstrate all items in the course.

Course Work: Participants will be issued a pre-course package that contains readings and assignments that must be completed before the beginning of the course.

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ATTENTION:

The Ottawa Paramedic Service has received many calls from clients looking for more information regarding the “Community CPR and Prevention Project”. This company and their employees are not affiliated with the Ottawa Paramedic Service and are not certified instructors with our program.

Questions regarding the affiliation of an instructor to the Ottawa Paramedic Service can be address by calling 613-580-2424 Ext: 32434 or by emailing cpr@ottawa.ca.