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

Victoria Standard First-Aid Course CPR

Victoria Standard First-Aid Course CPR

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

Our Canadian Red CrossStandard First Aid & CPR Level C course is a fun and comprehensive first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course led by one of our first class instructors, entirely in person over 2 days. This first aid course covers everything from life-threatening emergencies to minor bumps and scrapes and is recognized by WorkSafeBC as equivalent to the Occupational First Aid Level 1 course.

We strongly believe that first aid is a physical skill, and the majority of the course will be spent doing hands-on first-aid and participating in realistic first aid scenarios, developing confidence and muscle memory. At the end of this course, participants should feel sure of the their own skills and be ready to react and take charge in emergency situations.

Full Course Length 16 hours - $199.00 Register Now
Recertification 8 hours - $110.00 Register Now

Course Details

Victoria Standard First Aid course 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)


What is standard first aid and CPR?

Standard First Aid course is a comprehensive two-day course designed for "lay rescuers," typically incorporating CPR C training. In rare cases, a group may request the course with only CPR A if it aligns with their specific requirements. The course is also available in a blended format, where the online component covers the 'knowledge' topics, reducing the in-class time to 8 hours for practical skills training. This first aid course addresses a wide spectrum of situations, from life-threatening emergencies to minor injuries. It is acknowledged by WorkSafeBC as equivalent to the Occupational First Aid Level 1 course.

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.


Standard First Aid Certification process Victoria

Canadian Red Cross certificates are now virtual! You will receive a certificate of completion once you've finished the online module, and 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.



Standard First Aid Recertification process Victoria

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Emergency First Aid & CPR Manual Victoria

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.

Where to find us:

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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:

Greater Victoria | Brentwood Bay | Central Saanich | Colwood | Esquimalt | Highlands | James Bay | Langford | Sidney | Sooke | Oak Bay | North Saanich | Metchosin | View Royal | Saanichton | Salt Spring Island | Gulf Islands

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

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