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

Olena Urbanowicz
Olena Urbanowicz
george hany
george hany
Loved Patrick he was the best! Halirious and informative! Highly recommend him
Nidhi Patel
Nidhi Patel
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Vanessa Manocha
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Vineeta Lekhram
Eva N
Eva N
The Class was really fun and Patrick made it easy..
Elena Tan
Elena Tan
Excellent traning
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Jaspreet kaur
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Elizabeth Levy
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Grace Jung
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Janjan Mangitngit
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Chantal Amankwaah
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marina elhamy
JOYCE YEBOAH
JOYCE YEBOAH
Patrick was a great instructor for the mask fit test, very friendly
Dazel Nelmida
Dazel Nelmida
A really great person! Fun to work with :)
sarah ahmed
sarah ahmed
Katelyn Prudencio
Katelyn Prudencio
It was a fun lesson to learn about masks!
kelly Sun
kelly Sun
Patrick was a very friendly instructor for my N95 mask fit testing and funny too
Magdelina Yimesghen
Magdelina Yimesghen
Amazing mask fit session! Patrick was so kind and informative. He made the session a comfortable place for everyone, answering any and every question we had. I highly suggest coming to this session for your mask fit! I'll definitely be coming back again when my 2 year validation expires. Great job Patrick! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
Marjorie Tejano
Marjorie Tejano
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Cindy Vargas
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Nabeeha Tabassum
Lis T
Lis T
Very good and helpful! Very good experience
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Priscilla Biju
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Ellise Gabrielle Flor
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Marian Yhane Marcelo
Diana Jugowiec
Diana Jugowiec
Nya Duarte
Nya Duarte
Patrick is an awesome instructor. Very kind, welcoming and patient. Efficient training done.
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Fares Madaoui
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Lora Mae Malazarte
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Sharmayne MK
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Amy Vickramasinghe
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Melissa Gray
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Fox Calamity
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nelson melo
On August 22nd, 2021 I took my First Aid and Safety Training at the Oak Park Neighborhood Centre and my instructor was amazing. She made the information relevant not just to our everyday life, but to our current situation. She taught in a way that everyone can understand. She answered the questions we had in a words that we understood and in a judgement free environment. Protocols for Covid-19 were in place, we were spaced appropriately and mask were worn, all procedures were done individually with sanitized mannequins. Well done!!
mon olliver
mon olliver
Excellent instructor, very thorough, helpful and friendly
Ranna Manbodh
Ranna Manbodh
Manjit Singh
Manjit Singh
Patrick was courteous, informative and kind. I highly recommend this mask fitting session to anyone who's looking to get their mask certification.
Tu-Anh Nguyen
Tu-Anh Nguyen
Mr. Patrick is understandble regarding instructions.
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Frencshield Nuestro
Emma Miller
Emma Miller
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Renae Campbell
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Yusra Syeda
Andrea Castro
Andrea Castro
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Ellie Burland
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Arbelyn Marohom
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Corinna Viscusi
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Lily Kisilevich
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Luzinhel John Marohom
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Milly Valdivia
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chuks Brian
Stefano Taglieri
Stefano Taglieri
Super organized and clean.
Sophia M
Sophia M
Julia Romano
Julia Romano
Lily Li
Lily Li
Amazing class! Great instructor!
destiny sight
destiny sight
I had Ally for my CPR course. She was very friendly, professional and made the day long course feel enjoyable. Thanks so much! Would recommend
Austin Paliga
Austin Paliga
Alicia Anderson
Alicia Anderson
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Sadika Dougheili
Brittany F
Brittany F
Had an Amazing Experience!!! Patrick is so informative and helpful, I recommend taking this class👍
Kiran Imran
Kiran Imran
Merry Kamel
Merry Kamel
Julianna Ebarvia
Julianna Ebarvia
Gerbie Nkosi
Gerbie Nkosi
The test was very well explained 👏 👌. Will recommend to others.Excellent instructor !!
Joyous Joy
Joyous Joy
kind guy patrick thank you
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likkledianito
Sharalee Solomon
Sharalee Solomon
Amazing fun experience
Arian A
Arian A
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Trae Colley
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S Pbailee
Lee Ann
Lee Ann
Tyson has been a great instructor. He answered questions in detail and made it a comfortable learning environment. 10/10 would recommend!Course was completed at the Mississauga site.
Tiffanie Christopher
Tiffanie Christopher
Tyson was a great instructor!! Very informative and also shared some stories.
Diana “dayana” Hosien
Diana “dayana” Hosien
the training was educational, and the facilitator was knowledgeable and at ease with the group.
Andrea Jantoska
Andrea Jantoska
Tyson was the best instructor one could hope for. He took his time to go through the material and was really hands on. I thought the class was going to be long and boring but I actually ended up having fun and I feel 100% prepared to help in an emergency situation.
Alake Mills
Alake Mills
Had a First Aid/CPR-C course at the living arts centre and it was great. Was very informative and our instructor Tyson really tried to make it an engaging and enjoyable day
Myles Abreo
Myles Abreo
It was nice to met Patrick sacco
Raghad Baraket
Raghad Baraket
I attended a Mask Fit Testing class and my instructor, Patrick, was amazing! He was very outgoing and made everyone feel comfortable and relaxed while telling us about the important information we needed to know. I highly recommend!
Keiyana Campbell
Keiyana Campbell
Amrit Rehsi
Amrit Rehsi
Yuliia Bilous
Yuliia Bilous
Mario Sacco was a very enthusiastic instructor. Very pleasant.
Katrina K
Katrina K
It was a good experience. Partick Sacoo is a good instructor.
amandeep khurana
amandeep khurana
Class was as fun as first aid can be. Tyson was an awesome instructor.
Daniel Tchitchkevitch
Daniel Tchitchkevitch
Awesome teacher, made it light and fun. Great job Tyson.Multiple dates available - easy to flex with personal schedule
Tasha Singh
Tasha Singh
Such a great experience completing my mask fit training with SOS First Aid. Mario was very informative and kept the class entertaining!
Rachel Hunter
Rachel Hunter
I came here for my First Aid and CPR HCP/BLS level. The theory portion was hybrid and the practical was in person at Living Arts Centre. The training was well organized and very informative. They provide everything that you will need for the training. I will definitely come back when I have to renew my certification.
Natalie
Natalie
Well my experience was a bit scary because I was not mentally prepared. At first I thought I was going to pass out but then I was able to withstand the smell of what the instructor was spraying into the mask. I thought I would pass out at first when I had on the N-95 mask but then I realize that it was doable and I can tolerate the test. Good luck.
Avril Jones
Avril Jones
I had an amazing experience . The instructor was respectful and the course is wonderful.
Samantha S
Samantha S
thank you:) i enjoyed it and i met an awesome instructor
Bonu Satimova
Bonu Satimova
Friendly, informative and efficient.
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Vinita H.C.
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Lauren Trevors
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Dania
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Krista Pearce
Herleen Mudher
Herleen Mudher
Just completed my training with Julie. She was fantastic, knowledgeable and very patient. She has so much experience and she trained us so well. SOS First Aid and Safety Training are true professionals and care so much for us to succeed and that is key. Keep up the great work. Thank you so much Julie:)
Amanuel Sengal
Amanuel Sengal
Well organized, excellent instructors for Remote First Aid Training. I would highly recommend SOS for training.
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Kim Macdonald
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Effective Sept 22/2021: In accordance with Ontario Government regulations, SOS First Aid requires proof of vaccination along with valid ID for all participants attending SOS First Aid classes at our public locations. Participants can download proof of vaccination from theOntario Government Portal