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First Aid Courses in Alberta


In our day-to-day life we may encounter or witness someone getting injured or falling sick at home or at work. Having a deep knowledge and skills to respond to such incidents can save someone's life. First aid courses mainly teach a person to understand the situation and respond quickly, whether it is a major accident, life threatening medical emergencies, bodily harm, or small injury such as wound, laceration, and abrasion. First aider is trained to respond to medical emergencies in workplaces and in our communities. Most of the first aid courses cover the lifesaving skill cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). The training also explains how a first aider is protected under the legislation and law when helping someone in need. In Canada, there are several agencies that offer first aid certification and there are many partnered organizations that offer these courses to anyone who may need it. This may be related to a job requirement or simply individual preference. However, one must know which first aid certification is required in the workplace and the certification is approved by the provincial workplace regulation.


In Alberta, the Occupational health and safety board has outlined the approved first aid agencies. You may get up to date approved agency information on Alberta provincial website OHS Publication. Approved first aid training agencies (alberta.ca) Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada is one among them.


Beats and Breaths Academy Ltd. in Edmonton, AB is an accredited trainer partner of Heart and Stroke Foundation, and our instructors offer training that follows Heart and Stroke foundation First aid curriculum.


The OHS approved courses offered at Beats and Breaths Academy Ltd. are outlined below

  1. Standard First Aid Level C

  2. Standard First Aid Level C Recertification

  3. Emergency First aid level A

  4. Emergency First aid level C

All courses provide a 3 years validity upon successful completion and approved in Alberta First Aid Course Workplace Regulatory Approval (heartandstroke.ca)


5. Standard First aid BLS course is offered for healthcare workers in all disciplines and for nursing students as part of their prerequisite to nursing program. This course may exceed the OHS requirement in some provinces.


Who needs First aid certification:

The 3-year valid first aid certification is required by most healthcare settings and industrial work settings to respond to all medical emergencies. Employers will provide you with the list of certifications accepted to specific work sites. We often see students from community outreach program, disability support workers, teachers, gym trainers, emergency medical responders, long term care facility staffs, industry workers, contractors during shutdown deployment, day care staffs, nursing students, paramedics, healthcare aids (HCA), heavy duty mechanic, restaurant employees, physiotherapist and clinics staffs, social workers, and massage therapist.


1. Standard First aid Level C


The Standard First Aid Level C is a 16 hours comprehensive course through Heart and Stroke foundation will teach essential knowledge and skills to respond to medical emergencies in the workplace, home or any other setting in the community. The course includes cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) along with use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) that is used in cardiac arrest situations. The certification level course covers all age groups such as adults, children and infants. The course is in-class instructor lead and hands- on practice to provide the optimal learning experience and gain confidence in the workplace as well as any other settings. The course does not have any online component at the time of this blog.

"This course is designed to meet provincial workplace regulatory requirements* and covers cardiopulmonary resuscitation, including responding to breathing, airway and circulation emergencies, as well as control of bleeding, shock, stabilizing fractures and dislocations, head and spine injuries, and more. This course is ideal for everyday people who want to be prepared for the unexpected". from Heart and Stroke Foundation official page


Course fee may range from CAD$120 to 140 (course fee may vary from region to region and organization to organization)



2. Standard First aid Level C recertification


The Standard First Aid Level C certification is a one-day or 8 hours course for students who have completed the First Aid Level C 2 days class within the last 3 years. This is a refresher program designed in a fast paced and covers all important aspects of first aid curriculum and approved by OHS, Alberta.

The recertification can be done only once and recertified certification holders are not eligible to do a second time recertification. Those who hold a first aid recertification must complete the full 2 days course as per the guideline.

Course fee may range from CAD$110 to 120 (course fee may vary from region to region and organizations to organization)

3. Emergency First Aid Level A


The Emergency First Aid Level A is a one-day or 8 hours course that covers all basics of urgent assistance to injured or ill Adults. The course focuses on adult care and does not include the infant and the child emergencies.


Course fee may range from CAD$110 to 140 (course fee may vary from region to region and organizations to organization)


4. Emergency First Aid Level C


The Emergency First Aid Level C is a one-day or 8 hours course that covers all proven methods of basic assistance to injured or ill patients in all age groups. This course includes adult, child, and infant resuscitations and use of an AED along with all other injury care and preventive methods.

Course fee may range from CAD$110 to 140 (course fee may vary from region to region and organizations to organization)


5. Standard First Aid – BLS provider


The Standard First aid and BLS provider course is a 2 days or 18 hours comprehensive course that covers knowledge and skills set by OHS standard and beyond, particularly, coach healthcare professionals. The combined course will include the latest science in resuscitation and teach essential skills and practice to respond to emergencies and illness that affect all age groups. The course certification gives a 3 year validity to first aid; however the BLS provider requires annual recertification to maintain the knowledge and skills.

Course fee may range from CAD$140 to 170 (course fee may vary from region to region and organizations to organization)



In Edmonton there are several agencies and organizations that provide these courses. However, Beats and Breaths Academy Ltd. offer these courses at a reasonable price and offer group discounts. Certification is OHS approved through Heart and Stroke foundation.




Welcome to Beats and Breaths Academy Ltd. Join our fun filled first aid courses!



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