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A hands-on, comprehensive Red Cross first aid course that covers common home and workplace emergencies.

Standard First-Aid Course CPR

Standard First-Aid Course CPR

A hands-on, comprehensive Red Cross first aid course that covers common home and workplace emergencies.

Most of our Standard First Aid courses at this time are offered as a blended (half online, half in person) course - click here to switch to the blended course schedule!

Dive into a comprehensive Canadian Red Cross Standard First Aid & CPR Level C course, expertly led by our top instructors. This immersive course spans 2 days of in-person training, catering to individuals in Burnaby, Coquitlam, and nearby regions. Encompassing everything from minor injuries to life-threatening situations, it holds recognition from WorkSafeBC as equivalent to Occupational First Aid Level 1.

At our core, we believe in hands-on learning, with the majority of the course dedicated to practical first-aid skills and immersive scenarios. Cultivate confidence and muscle memory through realistic practice, ensuring you're well-equipped to lead in emergencies.

Kindly note: If you currently hold a valid Standard First Aid certification, explore our RECERTIFICATION option. Should your certificate expire prior to the course date, consider enrolling in the FULL COURSE. Remember to carry proof of certification for your recertification course." 

Be prepared to show proof of certification at your recertification course.

Full Course Length 16 hours View Locations
Recertification 8 hours View Locations

Course Details

Topics Covered

Standard and CPR Level C includes:

  • The Red Cross
  • Preparing to Respond
  • The EMS System
  • Check, Call, Care
  • Airway Emergencies
  • Breathing and Circulation Emergencies
  • First Aid for Respiratory and Cardiac Arrest
  • Wound Care
  • Head and Spine Injuries
  • Bone, Muscle, and Joint Injuries
  • Sudden Medical Emergencies
  • Environmental Emergencies
  • Poisons (includes opioid poisoning)


English is my second language and I am concerned about passing the Standard First Aid exam

We understand that written exams can be challenging. If you encounter any difficulties, please inform your first aid instructor. They can read the questions for you. Our clients with reading issues, exam anxiety, or those for whom English is a second language have found this approach to be very successful

I want to prepare for my first aid course before I take it what can I do?

Explore our course pages to find useful downloads. We provide first aid course manuals and a skill checklist. The skill checklist outlines the specific skills covered in your first aid course and the criteria used by the instructor to evaluate your proficiency. These resources are designed to enhance your understanding and preparation for the course, ensuring a comprehensive learning experience.

How long is CPR C valid for?

CPR C certification remains valid for three years from the date of your course. In exceptionally rare instances, an employer may mandate more frequent recertification, even if the three-year certification period has not yet elapsed.

How many questions are on the Red Cross Standard First Aid course Exam?

There are 20 multiple choice questions on the exam for the Red Cross Standard First Aid course. You must get 70% on the exam to pass the standard first aid course.

I have a latex allergy and am worried about potential exposure during my Standard First Aid course. How can this be addressed?

Rest assured, we exclusively use nitrile or vinyl gloves in our first aid training courses, and all medical supplies, gauze, and first aid training manikins are latex-free. Your safety and comfort are paramount. If you have any further concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

I have a Standard First Aid Certificate from another province is it valid in BC?

If you possess a valid first aid standard certificate from a regulatory authority in Canada, you get a certificate recognized by WorkSafeBC. Follow these steps: Contact us to request an out-of-province equivalency. During registration, present photo ID and the first aid certificate earned outside B.C. Complete an application form and the relevant jurisprudence package. Review B.C.'s health and safety regulation. We'll guide you through the process to ensure a smooth transition.

I have an Injury can I still take a Standard First Aid course?

Demonstrating your First Aid knowledge makes passing the Standard First Aid course achievable. Our experienced first aid instructors are ready to customize the training to your needs, ensuring safety and successful completion. If you have concerns about the Standard First Aid course, please contact us for assistance. Your well-being is our utmost priority.

Is a written exam mandatory for Red Cross Standard First Aid Training?

Due to WCB and Red Cross national first aid training standards, a written exam is mandatory for the Standard First Aid course. Be cautious of agencies in BC that claim otherwise. If you encounter challenges with a written exam, our instructors can read the questions to you. This accommodation is effective for individuals who face difficulties with exams. Your success and understanding are our priorities.

Is an online CPR certification valid?

The brief answer is no. If you require CPR certification, only a portion of the course can be completed online. We provide standalone CPR C courses in a 'blended' format, allowing you to finish the 'knowledge CPR lessons' online. This effectively reduces the classroom time for these CPR courses by half. However, certification cannot be granted unless half of the course duration is spent in the classroom. The classroom setting is crucial for an CPR instructor to lead you through practical skills, ensuring your proficiency and eligibility for CPR certification.

Is CPR Level C the same as BLS?

Answer: No, they are different. CPR C course is designed for 'lay rescuers,' individuals in the community who may need to administer CPR during a life-threatening emergency. On the other hand, Basic Life Support (BLS) is tailored for Professional Responders and Health Care Professionals working in clinical environments outside of a hospital. CPR C focuses on fundamental life-saving principles and CPR techniques for various situations. BLS, however, emphasizes a specific, detailed approach to performing CPR within a two-person BLS team. Additionally, BLS covers more comprehensive assessments and life-saving treatments, often involving specialized equipment.

Is the Standard First Aid Equivalent to an OFA level 1 certification

Yes, the Canadian Red Cross Standard First Aid Blended and Standard First Aid in-person courses are considered equivalent to an Occupational First Aid Level 1 (OFA Level 1) first aid course. However, it's important to note that the OFA Level 1 course is specifically designed for first aid attendants. If your goal is to become a designated first aid attendant, you may want to consider taking the OFA Level 1 first aid course for training that is tailored to that role.

What is CPR Level C?

CPR Level C is the most comprehensive level of "lay rescuer" CPR, encompassing basic CPR, AED usage, and a limited set of life-saving techniques for adults, children, and infants. If your role doesn't involve professional response or healthcare in a clinical setting, CPR C certification is likely sufficient for employers requiring CPR certification. Stand-alone CPR C and CPR recertification courses are available at Alert First Aid. Moreover, CPR C course is a fundamental component of many of our first aid courses, including Emergency First Aid, Standard First Aid, and Marine First Aid. Most individuals obtain their CPR C certification as part of these comprehensive first aid courses. Notably, our Worksafe BC Occupational First Aid courses, tailored for workplace first aid, do not include CPR C, as they are specifically focused on adult first aid. If you're enrolled in one of our OFA Level 1, 2, or 3 first aid courses and require CPR C certification, please contact our office, and arrangements can be made to include it in your course for a reasonable fee.

Why do I need to show my Photo ID at my Standard First Aid course in BC?

The standard first aid is equivalent to an OFA level 1 certification To certify you as a Level 1 first aid attendant, we require age verification and confirmation of your identity. Acceptable identification for BC Workplace First Aid includes: Valid Canadian or U.S. Driver's License. Valid Passport. Valid Student ID Card for the current school year. Employee Picture Identification Card. Native Status Picture Identification Card. BC Photo ID (including digital) issued November 1996 or later. Please ensure you have one of these forms of ID to participate in the certification process.

Why Should I take a first aid course with Alert First Aid?

Taking a First Aid course with Alert First Aid ensures top-notch training from one of the largest Red Cross Training Partners in BC, backed by over 25 years of expertise in equipping individuals with life-saving skills. What sets Alert First Aid apart is our unique offering of a diverse range of Canadian Red Cross and WCB courses, providing comprehensive options to meet various training needs. Our instructors undergo rigorous training, ensuring they are up-to-date with the latest techniques. As a one-stop solution, Alert First Aid not only offers exclusive First Aid and Disaster Equipment but also provides a full range of Automated External Defibrillators. Whether you seek WCB compliance or aspire to become an Emergency Medical Responder, Alert First Aid combines experience, versatility, and a commitment to excellence to ensure you are well-prepared to respond confidently in emergency situations.


Canadian Red Cross certificates are now virtual! A permanent virtual certificate will be emailed to you after you've successfully completed the entire course. You will also be able to view your manual and certification online at any time through your MyRedCross account. Certification is valid for 3 years.

Most of our Standard First Aid courses at this time are offered as a blended (half online, half in person) course - click here to switch to the blended course schedule!


If you have a current and valid Standard First Aid certificate, you are eligible to take a shorter, faster-paced Standard First Aid recertification course. If your certificate expires before the course date you will need to sign up for the full course.

Please be prepared to show proof of certification.


Emergency First Aid & CPR Manual

The Standard First Aid & CPR Level C course includes the following materials:

  • Canadian Red Cross First Aid Course & CPR Manual (virtual)
  • Canadian Red Cross Comprehensive Guide to First Aid (virtual)

RECERTIFICATION: You MUST be currently certified in Standard First Aid to qualify for recertification. IF YOUR CERTIFICATE EXPIRES BEFORE THE COURSE DATE you will need to register for the full Standard First Aid course, and not the shorter recertification.

Be prepared to show proof of certification to the course instructor if you choose a recertification course.

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Who should take this course?

  • Nursing students (RN/LPN)
  • Healthcare students (RCA/HCA)
  • Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs)
  • Job seekers
  • Girl Guides
  • Scouts
  • Field workers
  • Recreation Centre employment
  • Summer camp counsellors
  • Coaches
  • Lifeguards
  • RCMP
  • Police
  • Correctional Officers
  • Chiropractors
  • Anyone interested in learning how to save a life!

Looking for a group class?

If you have a group of people and would like us to come to you to teach a
Standard First-Aid Course CPR course, we offer this course in the following locations:

Victoria | Langford | Esquimalt | Sooke | Cobble Hill | Mill Bay | Duncan | Lake Cowichan | Cedar | Ladysmith | Nanaimo | Parksville | Qualicum Beach | Port Alberni | Coombs | Parksville | Campbell River | Saltspring Island | Pender Island | Powell River | Gabriola Isand | Burnaby | Coquitlam | Delta | Langley | Maple Ridge | New Westminster | North Vancouver | Pitt Meadows | Port Moody | Richmond | Surrey | Vancouver | West Vancouver | White Rock | Langley |

Give us a call at 1.866.282.5378, or send us an email at to arrange a group course.

We have taken this course 2 or 3 times now - efficient, informative and fun!

Stephen Taylor CPR C, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Andrew was very informative and helpful. I felt comfortable to ask questions and “what ifs”. Fantastic instructor! Also, Alert First-Aid was very accommodating as I had to leave class unexpectedly. I appreciate the level of care and customer service from the whole team!!

Leanna MacIntyre Standard First Aid, Victoria BC More Testimonials

Best course I've ever taken! I will highly recommend your company. Thanks!

Caroline Wharton Emergency First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Always great! Love Alert First Aid!

Heidi Tissari CPR, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

"It was a lot of information to take in; however, it was presentred in a very manageable and understandable way."

Jessica Rasmussen Emergency First-Aid and CPR-C, Victoria, B.C. More Testimonials

A very engaging, fun and relaxing class. The instructor makes the material easy to remember and interesting.

Becky Cao Emergency Childcare First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

This class was one of the best I've taken. The instructor was great in pass along the needed information as well as making it enjoyable. I'll be recommending Alert!

Katrina Whitney-Griffiths Emergency First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Great course and great instructor. After this course, I feel confident in continuing with my co-teach and becoming an effective instructor. Thank you for an excellent course!

Kaitlyn Patterson First Aid Instructor Course, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Fabulous instructor! Confident, friendly, & knowledgeable presenter. Excellent scenarios & background knowledge

Julie Johnston Emergency First-Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Nathan was literally amazing. Super enthusiastic the whole time and just really cheery and positive.

Veronica Wuster Basic First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials
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