Standard First Aid BLS certification for school or work

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First aid training for healthcare students

In Ontario, Standard First Aid at the BLS (Basic Life Support) level is required training for most healthcare students: nursing students, paramedic students, firefighting students and dental hygiene to name a few. In the summer months we see many students from universities like McMaster, Ryerson and Queens and from colleges like Humber, Mohawk, George Brown and Sheridan. Often they are looking for first aid and CPR courses and N95 mask fit testing programs to meet their school admission requirements. It can be quite overwhelming and confusing particularly for first year students. Here we hope to make it easier for students to understand their school needs when it comes to first aid and CPR training.

Students can select one of two formats to obtain the required first aid and CPR training for healthcare programs.

Blended Standard First Aid and BLS in-class

The blended format seems to be preferred by students during Phase 2 and 3 of COVID. The blended course combines an online session and 2 in-class sessions. The online session is approx. 5 – 6 hours of online training and the 2 in-class sessions combined are about 12 hours in-person. This involves a 3-step process.

  1. Complete the theory of standard first aid online. Students receive an email from the Canadian Red Cross with a link to the online modules within the next 24 business hours from the time of registration. If you do not receive the Red Cross email, contact us asap. The modules take approx. 4-5 hours to complete and must be completed before your in-class sessions. The date you select for your class on our website is your in-person training date. You will need to provide proof of completion to your instructor to ensure you are prepared and eligible for the in-person training session. If you do not receive an email from the Red Cross, it is imperative that you follow up with us to ensure you receive the email and are able to complete the online modules on time.
  1. CPR BLS in class
    BLS cannot be blended and all  learning is done in class. This is practical training that must be assessed by a qualified Red Cross instructor.
  1. Blended Standard First Aid – Classroom session
    The in person classroom session is a 6.5-8 hours in duration. and reduces the amount of exposure to other people in a classroom. As stressed above, the online portion must be completed prior to the in person session. If you have not completed the online modules, you will forfeit your registration and there will be no opportunity to obtain a refund or reschedule.

Traditional two-day, all in person Standard First Aid BLS

Some people prefer to complete all of their training with a live instructor. If this is your preference then the traditional format probably caters more to your learning style. This is a 16-18 hour class where all theory and skills are facilitated by a live Red Cross first aid instructor.

What will I learn in Standard First Aid with CPR BLS

The Standard First Aid component meets requirements for first aid in a workplace and is valid for 3 years. Training prepares participants to deal with life-threatening emergencies as well as other situations involving sudden trauma or illness requiring immediate bystander attention to help prevent the situation from worsening and to promote recovery. Trained first aiders help to keep the ill or injured person in a stable condition until medical help is available. Holding a certificate in Standard First Aid is more than just being prepared. You can make a huge difference in someone’s life by being a skilled and knowledgable bystander on the scene to provide care.

The curriculum includes the following topics:

  • How to respond to emergencies
  • The EMS system
  • The 3 key principles in First Aid: Check, Call, Care
  • How to treat:
    • Airway Emergencies
    • Breathing & Circulation Emergencies
    • Sudden medical conditions and environmental emergencies
  • First Aid for:
    • Respiratory & Cardiac Arrest
    • Head & Spine Injuries
    • Bone, Muscle & Joint Injuries
    • Wound Care

BLS refers to the level of CPR. This level is for healthcare personnel who work in a facility, hospital or pre-hospital setting. Recertification is required annually. The focus is on learning high-performance CPR to improve patient outcomes.

The skills leaned are:

  • Adult/Child/Baby – one rescuer CPR
  • Adult/Child/Baby – two rescuer CPR
  • Adult/Child/Baby Choking
  • Use of a Bag-Valve-Mask (BVM)
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Circulatory Emergencies
  • Working in a team healthcare environment

If you have any questions about this level of training, feel free to contact our office.

 

 

 

 

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SOS First Aid and Safety Training services the following Southern Ontario communities: Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Guelph, Vaughan, Woodbridge, Maple, Richmond Hill, Brampton, Acton, Georgetown, Hamilton, Ancaster, Brantford, Stoney Creek, St. Catherines, and Welland.

Customer Reviews

Ezinma Kingsley
Ezinma Kingsley
Mario was very informative and made the learning process enjoyable.
Sarah Byrne
Sarah Byrne
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hyun been seo
Very informative and proper courseJess was an amazing instructor
Arsany Maged
Arsany Maged
Jess was awesome! It was a very interactive and informative class. Easy to learn environment. Would definitely recommend SOS First Aid.
Ronak K
Ronak K
Marlon Murray
Marlon Murray
Learned how to provide the first aid.
Aiden Muliett
Aiden Muliett
Very good classAlly made it very fun
Justin Mancini
Justin Mancini
Peter Ayoub
Peter Ayoub
Prakash was very enjoyable approachable fun and supportive. He was very empathetic in his teaching and instruction and corrections. I had a very enjoyable and supportive experience with him in the classroom
joan rupram
joan rupram
I really enjoyed every time I spent throughout .
alonge segun
alonge segun
I did my first aid training for the first time and Karen was fun and so knowledgeable. Would do the training with them again for sure!!
Puneet Khangura
Puneet Khangura
Surprised that we weren’t bored out of our minds when we took the course
the filipinaa
the filipinaa
Our instructor Karen was amazing. Very knowledgeable. Highly recommended
Radesia Campbell
Radesia Campbell
Karen Parker is funny and smart and one of the best instructors I’ve came across ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Silvester Nirmal
Silvester Nirmal
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john modafferi
john modafferi
My name is janeka walsh and I wanted to say Ms viola is the besttt instructor ever !! Nice sweet and patient teacher ! I’m going to miss her
Tiffany Smith
Tiffany Smith
I recently attended a CPR training session led by an exceptional trainer PRAKASH. Whose ability to convey complex concepts with clarity and enthusiasm made the class both informative and enjoyable. His dynamic teaching style, coupled with real-life examples and hands-on approach, ensured that everyone was engaged and eager to learn. I highly recommend Prakash to anyone in search of CPR training.
MADIHA MONA
MADIHA MONA
It was a wonderful experience and the instructor was excellent in helping students understand the concepts
Viola
Viola
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Girish Vaidhya
Tony Santos
Tony Santos
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Najma Kazmi
Mirnalinidevy Kumaravel
Mirnalinidevy Kumaravel
Instructor is excellent and course is very interesting 👍
Nirmalani Rasiah
Nirmalani Rasiah
brs F
brs F
This was a great first-aid class. I had instructor Patrick and he made class fun, interactive and informal at the same time. I recommend this course as I had a great time learning.
Parul 'v'
Parul 'v'
patrick was a W instructor!
Metokok plop
Metokok plop
It’s been an awesome training course delivered by Karen! The class was interactive and fun while she also shares some her amazing experiences. Thnx SOS and Karen!
Henry Limanto
Henry Limanto
Karen was a great trainer and kept the class fun
Keegan Brown
Keegan Brown
I had finished my training with Prakash.He is very knowledgeable person.He has cleared all my concepts about CPR and first aid.He is a great instructor.He really has done an amazing job in teaching this 2 day first aid and CPR course .Thanks.
Jaspreet Kaur
Jaspreet Kaur
Prakash is a great instructor! Knowledgable, passionate, engaging, and he made the class fun. He also discussed a lot of different scenarios that were challenging and made me think, and that caused me to really dig into what I learned online to provide the best answer. His teaching reminded me what the priority/most important thing in each scenario was, and that you have to assess each situation with careful consideration. Thank you, Prakash! I feel confident that I'll be able to help someone in any situation, minor or emergency. 😊
Melissa Gunther
Melissa Gunther
This is the First Aid course to be on board with.Ally led today’s instruction! What an amazing instructor who uses her teaching to cater to various learning styles and effectively gets the training done. So appreciative. Very grateful. Thank you!
Primrose Lewis
Primrose Lewis
Melissa
Melissa
Ms Ally, our instructor is so helpful, she lets us participate in the activity, she makes us feel relaxed, can be easily understood and can be easily approached. The place is clean and in order!! Thank you SOS!
Cristina Montefalcon
Cristina Montefalcon
Navreet was amazing! She explained everything in good detail and made the first Aid and CPR training a breeze!
Logic Is a Race
Logic Is a Race
Ally was awesome!!!
alex ibazeta
alex ibazeta
My two instructors today at 10 Kingsbridge Garden Circle reawaken the extreme importance of not just getting certified as a Firstaider but ensuring we left more confident and knowledgeable to help as needed. #nolongerabystander
GABRIELLE SAMUEL
GABRIELLE SAMUEL
This was an amazing course with some excellent teachers. Both Ally and Lydia were so incredibly patient and caring and incredible at giving well thought out answers. Long day but it was so nice to have such nice people teaching you. The test at the end was short but intensive aswell. So pay attention!
Anne marie P
Anne marie P
It was great…Thanks Mr Dennis 🤗
ODUNAYO ADESEWA
ODUNAYO ADESEWA
Great session with Dennis
Sonia A
Sonia A
Training with Daniel was very interactive and fun. I learnt alot.
Kristina Smith
Kristina Smith
Karen Guevarra
Karen Guevarra
Melvyn was awesome!!! Very entertaining, very informative, and had the ability to keep it all very simple to remember.
Adam Ahmed
Adam Ahmed
Maysaa Mueen
Maysaa Mueen
Mario is an excellent instructor.
Veronica Inaibagha
Veronica Inaibagha
I am happy being lucky to have this course with a great instructor Patty Turnbull. She is very knowledgeable and efficient, her accent is very clear , she is talented to educate in a way to keep us attentive without feeling board although it is a long day. Thank you Patty. Thank you SOS
Louris Girgues
Louris Girgues
Patty was a great instructor, very easy to follow and just as easy to talk to about any questions to clarify.
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Benson Amihere
Benson Amihere
Prakash was our trainer who made this training fun and dispensed a lot of information with examples. Prakash converted complex information into easy digestible information without overwhelming us. There was not a single dull moment in the entire training and Prakash covered every aspect of first-aid/CPR in timely manner. He's passionate, well organized, very engaging and humorous. Thank you, Prakash.
Kulwant Singh
Kulwant Singh
Peggy was excellent.
Tristan Wiggins
Tristan Wiggins
Training is good and more hands on with real life examples.
Viralkumar Rathod
Viralkumar Rathod
Peggy was an excellent instructor for the First Aid and CPR training. Her knowledge and teaching style made the course informative and engaging.
Zee Shan
Zee Shan
I completed my BLS and standard first aid training with Julie, and it was an amazing experience. Julie's professionalism, knowledge, and helpfulness created a safe and enjoyable learning environment. Her contagious laughter made the entire experience even more enjoyable. It was a pleasure having her as my instructor.
Soleil Smith
Soleil Smith
Patty Turnbull was a wonderful teacher and took time to help us, and go through the material thank you Patty!
Omar Khan
Omar Khan
Patty was amazing
David Kerrigan
David Kerrigan
Prachir Pasricha
Prachir Pasricha
Sakshi
Sakshi
Had a wonderful great session on First aid with Patty Turnbull. The class was very insightful and blended with great sense of humour to keep the audience active and attentive. Absolutely loved the experience.
Surya Ram
Surya Ram
Patty was very funny and the information provided was clear. She demonstrated every method and gave us tips on how to improve.
Charlin Osei
Charlin Osei
Patty Turnbull did a fantastic job with the course. Thank you
Jesse Dwyer
Jesse Dwyer
Has a great training session. Our instructor Patty was great at explaining the material, what to look out for and how best to help the person. She equipped us well in providing CPR and using AED.Thank you for a great session!!
Smit Chotai
Smit Chotai
Great experience. Instructor Mario Sacco was interactive and made it an enjoyable experience.
Amr Abdalla
Amr Abdalla
Sukhdeep Kaur
Sukhdeep Kaur
Excellent experience. Instructor Mario is funny and very good Instructor.
Asima Sultana
Asima Sultana
Easy to understand and great humour. Will be back in 2 years!
Mayou Stoddart
Mayou Stoddart
Such a sweet man, funny guy.
Dania
Dania
Prabh Gill
Prabh Gill
I am very happy to be here and study with Mario. He is very nice person and he helped us mask fit very seriously and he was very dedicated. I learned a lot of knowledge about mask knowledge and skills. Thanks Mario, thanks the Red Cross.
Enqi Huang
Enqi Huang
Kamani Sirisena
Kamani Sirisena
Session was delivered professionally.
M Y
M Y
Thank you Prakash for an awesome class. I didnt think I wouldnt learn so much more from the class today, my class was able to get lots of misconceptions clarified. You challenged us with critical scenarios and made us think. From my past experience , I think first aid class would be boring but for the first time at the SOS first aid centre, I’m very happy with the instructor. Highly recommend!
Natalie Le
Natalie Le
I just wanted to say thank you very much to Patty for being a great and wonderful instructor. For making us understand the material thoroughly and clearly. And most of all for being patient with us. If I need to do another course that they offer, I would definitely do it here and highly recommend it for everyone. Thanks again Patty and SOS First Aid and Safety Training
Jake Ilyas Qureshi
Jake Ilyas Qureshi
Patty was great! Very informative and patient
Faisa S
Faisa S
i did bls and first aid training here with patty. she was such a good teacher/instructor. she was very helpful, funny, and engaging she gives a lot of stories which help us remember important details. it was a really fun and informative class. i wish the best for mrs patty!!!
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tierra cab
khadija gaouzi
khadija gaouzi
Patty was great!
Leanne
Leanne
Solomon Cusi
Solomon Cusi
I had patty for my instructor and she was so good!! She explained everything in a clear and concise manner. It was overall a fun two days in class with her!!😄
Shakali Martin
Shakali Martin
I am really impressed by the teaching method of Mr. Prakash nagar.
Himanshu
Himanshu
It was an amazing experience! Prakash Nagar is having great knowledge with First Aid & CPR. He clarified clearly when to administer CPR, AED which was a bit confusing for me when I did the reading online.
Dharmesh Patel
Dharmesh Patel
Vineeta Lekhram
Vineeta Lekhram
Thao Nguyen
Thao Nguyen
Every aspect was taken and explains properly
Olga Ezcurra
Olga Ezcurra
The instructors were very nice and informative. They gave great feedback throughout the whole process
Naomi McDonald
Naomi McDonald
Instruction was clear and the instructor ensured that all questions and concerns were addressed appropriately. Highly recommend!
Jacob Waddell (jcwaddell)
Jacob Waddell (jcwaddell)
It was good and entertaining as well.☺️
Nisha 120991
Nisha 120991
Patty is an amazing instructor. She explain all the materials in a very effective manner. I liked her teaching skills.
Raman Kamboj
Raman Kamboj
Patty is a very nice woman and her as an instructor is fantastic! Was such a nice experience.Thanks 😊
Sadaf Raza
Sadaf Raza
Seriously...Patty is such a gem of a woman and her as an instructor is fantastic! Was such a lovely experience! Hopefully I get her for my RE-certification again next time!
Raven Feldman
Raven Feldman
Great instruction and easily accessible location with ample parking.
Sasha M
Sasha M
Katey Hamilton
Katey Hamilton
Catherine G. Dela Cruz
Catherine G. Dela Cruz
Had a great class with Dr. Prakash. He is super knowledgable! I will recert with SOS next year.
Beonca Luk
Beonca Luk
Patty is an amazing instructor. I had a fun & educational experience.
h w
h w
Fantastic lecturer and is very precise about the whole training.
Ray Arnold
Ray Arnold
Patty is an amazing instructor. She explains all the materials thoroughly.
Keerthana Neethirasa
Keerthana Neethirasa
Patty is one of the best instructors I've had, she's super nice and fun and always ensuring everybody is on track and performing well. She made the class fun and go by quick
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dema alnakeeb
Ranya Salih
Ranya Salih
It was a great experience
Jemimah Robin
Jemimah Robin

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