Many participants that enroll in first aid and CPR training throughout Canada question if they are receiving legitimate and credible training and certification. The concerns is valid because what is the point of taking a course that doesn’t offer credible certification? How are you sure that you are going to get a valid certificate through a certified instructor? Will you be licensed or certified so that when something comes up you won’t be liable? This article will outline some of the key things that should make a candidate consider whether they are taking a credible course or not.
1. The first aid or CPR course is significantly shorter than other provider or from what is advertised. When a course is drastically shorter than advertised I would recommend for the student to contact the national provider for the program (i.e. Canadian Red Cross) and inquire as to whether you are receiving a certified award. Certified instructor know that the course should not run shorter than the minimal allowable time.
2. No manikins or training equipment to receive hands on training or practice with. Manikins and training equipment are expensive. One sign that a provider is illegitimate is that they do not provide candidates with the opportunity to practice skills on appropriate equipment. If you practice using a AED with a cardboard box labelled “AED” or if you use stuffed toys to practice CPR you are likely not in a legitimate program and should inquire about your certification. All credible providers must use appropriate training manikins and AED trainers.
3. No books or manuals. If you do not receive supplemental reading material for a full course you are likely not in a legitimate course. Only legitimate and credible providers can obtain supplemental reading material. If you do not receive the manuals or books you will likely not be processed by that provider and your award will not be valid.
4. Wallet sized certificates. All credible providers must issue wallet sized certificates. The wallet sized certificates are the only licensing and valid awards. If you receive a wall sized certificate, which holds no certification value, ask for a wallet sized certificate. If the instructor or provider does not have any to issue you then you are likely not receiving any valid certification or licensing and your information will not be processed into the main provider (i.e. Red Cross, Lifesaving Society) database. Make sure you receive a wallet sized certificate.
5. The course must be held in a classroom. If you take a first aid or CPR course and the location is a field or someones home you are likely not taking a course with a legitimate provider. All major providers are required to offer first aid and CPR courses in legitimate classrooms of a certain size. If you are scheduled to take a course in someones home or in a field contact the main provider.
Ensure that you take first aid and CPR training (click here to view our courses) through credible and legitimate providers to ensure your certification is valid to save you from any headache your legal issues in the future. Without a legitimate certificate your employer might ask you to re-take the course (with a credible provider) and you might have a difficult time re-certifying in the future.