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First aid and CPR courses

COVID-19 and First aid and CPR courses

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ottawa Paramedic Service is unable to permit public access to our facility. Effective immediately, all courses held at Paramedic Headquarters have been cancelled.

All certifications that expire after March 1, 2020 are automatically temporarily extended until September 30, 2020.

We will continue provide updates as the situation evolves. Please continue to monitor our website for all of the latest news and updates.

Scented products

Scented products can cause allergic reactions and respiratory distress. Students, staff and visitors are encouraged not to wear or use any scented products while at Ottawa Paramedic Service Headquarters

Register for first aid and CPR courses

Select a course from the list below and record the course's barcode, then ensure you have the following:

Once you have all of these, select the Register link below . Online payments can be made using MasterCard or Visa. Registration and payment can also be done in person at your local Client Service Centre during business hours. This service is currently not available in person due to COVID-19 closures.

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Clients are invited to read the Terms and Conditions of registration.

NOTE: 
All City of Ottawa employees must register internally through their supervisor.

Group Bookings

If you are looking for additional courses or a private booking — on- or off-site — for your group, please contact us:

E-mail: cpr@ottawa.ca
phone: 613-580-2424, ext. 32434

Overview

Below is a list of upcoming courses. Programs are advertised in the language in which they are offered. Unless stated otherwise classes are held at Ottawa Paramedic Headquarters - 2495 Don Reid Dr. map (link opens browser).

All course participants must present a valid piece of photo I.D. for entry into building 2495 Don Reid Drive:

  • Drivers License
  • Passport
  • City of Ottawa Employee Photo I.D.
  • Canadian Citizenship Card with Photo

Group Bookings

If you are looking for additional courses or a private booking for your group at your location, please contact us:

E-mail: cpr@ottawa.ca (link sends e-mail)

Phone: 613-580-2424, ext. 32434

Authorized Provider

Questions regarding the affiliation of an Authorized Provider to the Ottawa Paramedic Service can be address by calling 613-580-2424 Ext: 32434 or by emailing cpr@ottawa.ca (link sends e-mail).

Standard First Aid with CPR C & AED Certification

This is a comprehensive two-day first aid course covering all major topics. The course is suitable for people looking for a solid foundation in first aid, people employed in a workplace of greater than 5 people, security guards, fire and police program applicants and anyone working with children.

This course is approved by WSIB for workplace first aid requirements and teaches the latest CPR guidelines.

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

Duration: Two Days (16 hours)

Cost: $132.35 + tax ($149.50)

Certification: Valid for three years

Content:

  • Scene management, primary and secondary assessment
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Shock
  • Adult, child and infant CPR and choking
  • Automated external defibrillation (AED)
  • Heart attack, angina, stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA)
  • Bleeding, burns and eyes
  • Sprains, strains, dislocations and fractures
  • Head, spinal, chest and abdominal Injuries
  • Diabetes, asthma, anaphylaxis, poisoning and seizures
  • Hyperthermia and hypothermia
  • Moving and lifting
Standard First Aid with CPR C & AED Certification
Date Language Time Barcode
July 4 and 5 English 9 am-5 pm 1515065
July 7 and 8 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515066
July 9 and 10 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515068
July 11 and 12 English 9 am-5 pm 1515067
July 14 and 15 FRENCH 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515175
July 16 and 17 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515070
July 18 and 19 English 9 am-5 pm 1515071
July 21 and 22 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515072
July 23 and 24 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515073
July 25 and 26 English 9 am-5 pm 1515074
July 28 and 29 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515075
July 30 and 31 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515076
August 1 and 2 English 9 am-5 pm 1515077
August 4 and 5 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515078
August 6 and 7 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515079
August 8 and 9 English 9 am-5 pm 1515080
August 13 and 14 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515081
August 15 and 16 English 9 am-5 pm 1515082
August 18 and 19 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515083
August 20 and 21 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515084
August 22 and 23 English 9 am-5 pm 1515085
August 24 and 25 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515086
August 27 and 28 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515087
August 29 and 30 English 9 am-5 pm 1515088
Sep 3 and 4 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515089
Sep 5 and 6 English 9 am-5 pm 1515090
Sep 8 and 9 FRENCH 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515176
Sep 10 and 11 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515091
Sep 12 and 13 English 9 am-5 pm 1515092
Sep 15 and 16 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515093
Sep 19 and 20 English 9 am-5 pm 1515094
Sep 21 and 22 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515095
Sep 24 and 25 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515096
Sep 26 and 27 English 9 am-5 pm 1515097
Sep 29 and 30 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515098
Oct 1 and 2 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515099
Oct 3 and 4 English 9 am-5 pm 1515100
Oct 6 and 7 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515101
Oct 10 and 11 English 9 am-5 pm 1515102
Oct 13 and 14 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515103
Oct 15 and 16 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515104
Oct 17 and 18 English 9 am-5 pm 1515105
Oct 19 and 20 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515106
Oct 22 and 23 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515107
Oct 24 and 25 English 9 am-5 pm 1515108
Oct 27 and 28 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515109
Oct 29 and 30 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515110
Nov 1 English 9 am-5 pm 1515111
Nov 3 and 4 French 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515177
Nov 5 and 6 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515112
Nov 7 and 8 English 9 am-5 pm 1515113
Nov 12 and 13 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515114
Nov 14 and 15 English 9 am-5 pm 1515115
Nov 16 and 17 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515116
Nov 19 and 10 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515117
Nov 21 and 22 English 9 am-5 pm 1515118
Nov 24 and 25 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515119
Nov 26 and 27 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515120
Nov 28 and 29 English 9 am-5 pm 1515121
Dec 3 and 4 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515122
Dec 5 and 6 English 9 am-5 pm 1515123
Dec 7 and 8 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515124
Dec 9 and 10 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515125
Dec 12 and 13 English 9 am-5 pm 1515126
Dec 14 and 15 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515127
Dec 17 and 18 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515128
Dec 19 and 20 English 9 am-5 pm 1515129
Dec 22 and 23 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515130
Dec 29 and 30 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515131

Standard First Aid with CPR C & AED Recertification

The recertification is intended for individuals holding a valid Standard First Aid Certification (2-days) needing to recertify. A certification is only deemed to be valid if the expiration date on the card has not passed. Students with an expired certification, must take the full 2-day Standard First Aid Certification (link brings you to Standard First Aid). In addition, students who took the recertification course the previous time, must take the full 2-day Standard First Aid Certification course again instead (this will be indicated on the first aid certificate).

In order to attend the course, students must provide proof of a valid certification at the beginning of the course. Students unable to provide a valid certification at the time of the course will not be permitted to attend.

This course is approved by WSIB for workplace first aid requirements and teaches the latest CPR guidelines.

Duration: Eight hours

Cost: $87.35 + tax ($98.75)

Certification: Valid for three years

Content:

  • Scene management and primary assessment
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Shock
  • Adult, child and infant CPR and choking
  • Automated external defibrillation (AED)
  • Heart attack, angina, stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA)
  • Bleeding and burns
  • Sprains, strains, dislocations and fractures
  • Respiratory (asthma), anaphylaxis, seizures and diabetes
Standard First Aid with CPR C & AED Recertification
Date Language Time Barcode
July 4 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515276
July 6 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515277
July  27 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515278
August 1 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515279
August 11 FRENCH 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515180
August 26 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515280
August 31 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515281
Sep 17 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515282
Sep 28 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515283
Oct 8 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515284
Oct 17 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515285
Oct 21 FRENCH 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515181
Oct 26 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515286
Nov 10 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515287
Nov 21 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515288
Nov 30 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515289
Dec 1 FRENCH 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515182
Dec 11 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515290
21-Dec English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515291

Emergency First Aid with CPR C & AED Certification

This course is designed to provide participants with a general overview of first aid. This course is suitable for those working in small workplaces of less than 5 employees, parents and individuals looking for a general level of first aid for personal reasons.

This course is approved by WSIB for workplace first aid requirements and teaches the latest CPR guidelines.

Duration: One Day (eight hours)

Cost: $87.35+ tax ($98.75)

Certification: Valid for three years.

Content:

  • Scene management and primary assessment
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Adult, child and infant cpr and choking
  • Automated external defibrillation (AED)
  • Heart attack, angina, stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA)
  • Bleeding and burns
  • Sprains, strains, dislocations and fractures
  • Respiratory (asthma), anaphylaxis, seizures and diabetes
Emergency First Aid with CPR C & AED Certification
Date Language Time Barcode
Jul 20 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515139
Aug 15 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515140
Sep 12 FRENCH 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515170
Sep 14 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515141
Nov 18 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515142
Nov 28 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515143

CPR C & AED

This course teaches participants how to recognize and respond to cardiovascular emergencies. Students will learn to administer CPR to adults, children and infants as well as choking procedures and the use of an AED. This course is suitable for the lay public needing a CPR C/AED certification.

Duration: Half Day (four hours)

Cost: $52.35+ tax ($59.25)

Certification: Valid for one year

Content:

  • Scene management and primary assessment
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Adult, child and infant cpr and choking
  • Automated external defibrillation (AED)
  • Heart attack, angina, stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA)
CPR C & AED
Date Language Time Barcode
Jul 3 English 8:30 am-12:30 pm 1514968
Jul 14 English 6:00 pm-10:00 pm 1514969
Jul 18 English 8:30 am-12:30 pm 1514970
August 10 English 8:30 am-12:30 pm 1514971
August 11 FRENCH 8:30 am-12:30 pm 1515165
August 22 English 8:30 am-12:30 pm 1514972
August 27 English 6:00 pm-10:00 pm 1514973
Sep 7 English 8:30 am-12:30 pm 1514974
Sep 12 FRENCH 8:30 am-12:30 pm 1515166
Sep 17 English 6-10 pm 1514975
Sep 20 English 8:30 am-12:30 pm 1514976
Sep 29 English 6-10 pm 1514977
Oct 5 English 8:30 am-12:30 pm 1514978
Oct 10 English 8:30 am-12:30 pm 1514979
Oct 15 English 6-10 pm 1514980
Oct 21 FRENCH 8:30 am-12:30 pm 1515167
Oct 27 English 6-10 pm 1514981
Nov 2 English 8:30 am-12:30 pm 1514982
Nov 10 English 6-10 pm 1514983
Nov 14 English 8:30 am-12:30 pm 1514984
Dec 1 FRENCH 8:30 am-12:30 pm 1515168
Dec 5 English 8:30 am-12:30 pm 1514985
Dec 10 English 6-10 pm 1514986
Dec 16 English 8:30 am-12:30 pm 1514987

Basic Life Support (BLS) – formerly Health Care Provider CPR C & AED

This course is designed for participants that work in the health care setting (nurses, sports medicine medical and dental professionals) and other targeted responders such as; fire services, lifeguard or response team. It covers the health care provider standards of CPR for adults, children and infants as well as choking procedures and AED.

Duration: Half Day (four hours)

Cost: $67.35 + tax ($76)

Certification: Valid for one year

Content:

  • Scene management and primary assessment
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Shock
  • Artificial respiration
  • Advanced cpr for adults, children and infants
  • Automated external defibrillation (AED)
  • Choking procedures
  • Use of barrier device and bag-valve mask (BVM)
  • Heart attack, angina, stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA)
Basic Life Support (BLS)
Date Language Time Barcode
Jul 7 English 6:00 pm-10:00 pm 1515242
Jul 13 English 8:30 am-12:30 pm 1515243
Jul 20 English 6:00 pm-10:00 pm 1515244
Jul 28 English 6:00 pm-10:00 pm 1515245
Aug 4 English 6:00 pm-10:00 pm 1515246
Aug 11 FRENCH 6:00 pm-10:00 pm 1515172
Aug 12 English 8:30 am-12:30 pm 1515247
Aug 17 English 8:30 am-12:30 pm 1515248
Aug 25 English 6:00 pm-10:00 pm 1515249
Sep 2 English 8:30 am-12:30 pm 1515250
Sep 18 English 8:30 am-12:30 pm 1515251
Sep 22 English 6:00 pm-10:00 pm 1515252
Oct 3 English 8:30 am-12:30 pm 1515253
Oct 9 English 8:30 am-12:30 pm 1515254
Oct 20 English 6:00 pm-10:00 pm 1515255
Nov 17 English 6-10 pm 1515256
Nov 23 English 8:30 am-12:30 pm 1515257
Dec 2 English 8:30 am-12:30 pm 1515258
Dec 15 English 6-10 pm 1515259

Oxygen Therapy and Airway Management

This course teaches students when and how to correctly administer supplemental oxygen to a patient using various delivery devices. Students will also learn how to maintain the patient’s airway, administer suction, oral airways, advanced airway techniques and how to properly assemble and handle oxygen equipment

Duration: Half Day (four hours)

Cost: $67.35 + tax ($76)

Certification: Valid for two years

Content:

  • Scene management and primary assessment
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Delivery devices - bag valve mask (BVM), pocket mask and non-rebreathing mask
  • Pulse oximetry
  • Oxygen administration and complications
  • Proper handling and storage of oxygen equipment (cylinders, regulators…)
  • Suction
  • Assisted Respiration
Oxygen Therapy and Airway Management
Date Language Time Barcode
Aug 23 English 8:30 am-12:30 pm 1515151
Nov 29 English 8:30 am-12:30 pm 1515152

Standard First Aid with Basic Life Support (formerly Health Care Provider CPR) & AED Certification

This is a comprehensive two-day first aid course covering all major topics. The course is suitable for individuals working in the health care setting (nurses, sports medicine medical and dental professionals) and other targeted responders such as; fire services, lifeguard or response team that require a first aid certificate as well as a Basic Life Support (formerly Health Care Provider CPR C & AED).

This course is approved by WSIB for workplace first aid requirements and teaches the latest CPR guidelines.

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

Duration: Two Days (16 hours)

Cost: $166.75+ tax

Certification: Valid for three years

Content:

  • Scene management, primary and secondary assessment
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Shock
  • Advanced CPR for Adult, child and infant
  • Choking procedures
  • Use of barrier device and bag-valve mask (BVM)
  • Automated external defibrillation (AED)
  • Heart attack, angina, stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA)
  • Bleeding, burns and eyes
  • Sprains, strains, dislocations and fractures
  • Head, spinal, chest and abdominal Injuries
  • Diabetes, asthma, anaphylaxis, poisoning and seizures
  • Hyperthermia and hypothermia
  • Moving and lifting
Standard First Aid with Basic Life Support courses
Date Language Time Barcode
Jun 13 and 14 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515155
Aug 8 and 9 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515156
Sep 5 and 6 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515157

First Aid, CPR C & AED Instructor

This course is designed for individuals who have a strong grasp of first aid and would like to become certified to teach first aid and CPR. Individuals wishing to take this course should be:

  • Comfortable speaking to groups
  • Dynamic and energetic
  • Clear and confidently speakers
  • Confident in their first aid skills

Upon successful course completion instructors will be certified to teach:

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

Duration

  • Instructor Course: 14 hours – split over two sequential weeks
  • Monitor (14 hours): Instructor candidates must attend an Ottawa Paramedic Service Standard First Aid with CPR C and AED course and watch an Ottawa Paramedic Service instructor teach. The instructor-candidate is to watch how the instructor teaches the course, paying special attention to timing, flow, material delivery, and teaching styles
  • 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. Instructor candidates are responsible for teaching selected items as well as assisting in participant evaluations, course set-up, takedown, etc.
  • Audit (14 hours): Candidates successful in the co-teach must then teach a 2-day Standard First Aid, CPR C and AED Course – within 6 months of the initial Instructor Course date. Instructor-candidates are responsible for the delivery of the entire course – including class set-up, take-down, presentation and participant evaluations. The instructor-candidate will be audited by an Ottawa Paramedic Service first aid instructor. Audits will take place during regularly scheduled Ottawa Paramedic Service First Aid Courses. Upon successful completion, the instructor candidate will be a certified Ottawa Paramedic Service First Aid Instructor.

Cost: $199.12 + tax ($250)

Prerequisites

  • 18 years of age
  • Valid Ottawa Paramedic Service Standard First Aid Certification

Course Work and Materials

Participants must contact Public Education to receive their Instructor binder and pre-course package that contains readings and assignments that must be completed before the beginning of the course.

First Aid, CPR C & AED Instructor
Date Language Time Barcode
September 19 and September 26 English 8:30 am-4:30 pm 1515159

First Aid, CPR C & 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. This course is designed for individuals who have a strong grasp of first aid and would like to become certified to teach first aid and CPR. Individuals wishing to take this course should be:

  • Comfortable speaking to groups
  • Dynamic and energetic
  • Clear and confidently speakers
  • Confident in their first aid skills

Upon successful course completion instructors will be certified to teach:

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

Duration:

  • Instructor Cross-Over Course (4 hours): Content focus’ on the differences and specifics of teaching first aid with the Ottawa Paramedic Service.
  • 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 within 6 months of the initial Cross-Over Course date. This co-teach must be scheduled within six months of the Instructor Course date. Instructor candidates are responsible for teaching selected items as well as assisting in participant evaluations, course set-up, takedown, etc.
  • Audit (14 hours): Candidates successful in the co-teach must then teach a 2-day Standard First Aid, CPR C and AED Course – within 6 months of the initial Cross-Over Course date. Instructor-candidates are responsible for the delivery of the entire course – including class set-up, take-down, presentation and participant evaluations. The instructor-candidate will be audited by an Ottawa Paramedic Service first aid instructor. Audits will take place during regularly scheduled Ottawa Paramedic Service First Aid Courses. Upon successful completion, the instructor candidate will be a certified Ottawa Paramedic Service First Aid Instructor.

Cost: $101.77 + tax ($115)

Prerequisites:

  • 18 years of age
  • Ottawa Paramedic Service Standard First Aid, CPR C 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.)

Course Work and Materials

Participants must contact Public Education to receive their Instructor binder and pre-course package that contains readings and assignments that must be completed before the beginning of the course.

First Aid, CPR C & AED Instructor Cross-Over Clinic
Date Language Time Barcode
Oct 21 English 6-10 pm 1515160