First Aid Description


Standard First Aid CPR AED Level C

Approximate Course Length: 16 hours

Certification valid for: 3 years*

The Standard First Aid CPR AED Level C course is a comprehensive, two-day program designed to meet the needs of the workplace. This course covers key areas required by workplace regulators in most provinces, including:

  • Emergency Scene Management
  • Shock, Fainting and Unconsciousness
  • Bleeding and Wounds
  • Asthma and Allergies
  • Head, Spinal and Pelvic Injuries
  • Diabetic Emergencies
  • Seizures
  • Respiratory and Cardiovascular Emergencies,
  • and more…

*Annual CPR Renewal is recommended, as the CPR certification is registered with the Foundation for 1 year.

For employees that perform healthcare functions or are regulated healthcare professionals our Standard First Aid BLS Provider course is preferred.

Standard First Aid Recertification/Renewal Course

Coming in April 2017. Individuals are only able to take a renewal class once every alternating renewal year. Students must complete the renewal course prior to the expiration of their current HSF Standard First Aid certification.

More details available soon.

Standard First Aid BLS Provider

Approximate Course Length: 18 hours

Certification Length: 3 years

The Standard First Aid BLS Provider course encompasses the full content of the Standard First Aid course and the additional course content of Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Course. The addition of our BLS Provider course ensures that healthcare professionals and providers of varying disciplines know how to recognize, and stabilize ill or injured persons with a number of life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner.


First Aid Instructor

The First Aid Instructor Course is a two-day program comprised of two modules: the Core Training Program (Core); and the specific First Aid module. The Core Program covers general information pertaining to Heart and Stroke Foundation and the adult education principles fundamental to HSF courses. The Instructor-Candidate will be introduced to HSF policies, procedures and administrative requirements for delivering HSF courses, including use of the Resuscitation portal as part of pre-course preparation and post-course completion. The specific First Aid module introduces the Instructor-candidate to the educational materials and syllabus utilized in the delivery of the HSF Standard First Aid courses.

Mandated Instructor-candidate Materials:

  • Heart & Stroke First Aid - 2015 Guidelines - Reference Manual (RE2001E) 
  • Heart & Stroke First Aid - 2015 Guidelines - Instructor Manual (RE2101E) 


All First Aid Instructor-Candidates must have a current Heart and Stroke Foundation Standard First Aid card.

First Aid Instructor Renewal

To maintain registration with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, a First Aid Instructor Renewal course is required every three years. Completion ensures that the First Aid Instructor receives current curriculum and guidelines, and is re-evaluated in their skills. The First Aid Instructor Renewal course builds upon the educational learning gained within the original instructor course.

Mandated Instructor-candidate Materials (if not already acquired):

  • Heart & Stroke First Aid - 2015 Guidelines - Reference Manual (RE2001E)
  • Heart & Stroke First Aid - 2015 Guidelines - Instructor Manual (RE2101E)

First Aid Instructor Guideline Update

The Guideline Update is a course that all active, registered HSF instructors and Instructor-Candidates (BLS, First Aid, ACLS, and PALS) are required to attend when the Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care change (approximately every 5 years). The course introduces instructors to changes to the guidelines and the rationale for those changes, the revised educational delivery techniques and materials, and the syllabus utilized in courses offered by HSF.

Mandated Student Materials:

As determined by HSF during the Guidelines change process

First Aid Instructor Trainer

The First Aid Instructor Trainer course is designed to enable existing HSF Instructors to teach HSF instructor level courses. Instructor trainers are integral in maintaining the high teaching standards set by the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Mandated IT-candidate Materials (if not already acquired):

  • Heart & Stroke First Aid - 2015 Guidelines - Reference Manual (RE2001E)
  • Heart & Stroke First Aid - 2015 Guidelines - Instructor Manual (RE2101E)
  • HSF First Aid Instructor Training Module (RE2200E) - HSF Core Training Program (RE9500E)