If you browse online for a first aid and CPR training provider, you will be surprised to find countless of providers in your area. These training providers likely offer different courses. But while their advertisements seem all good, you need to choose carefully to avoid enrolling in a non-accredited program. In general, you want to make sure that the training provider is authorized by nationally recognized organizations, such as the Canadian Red Cross Society, St. John Ambulance, Royal Lifesaving Society, and Canadian Ski Patrol, or
your local health and safety regulatory agency.
Not all first aid and CPR training courses you find online meet the standards. This is an important concern that you must consider when planning to take first aid and CPR training. Aside from not having a credible license, you are also at risk of learning improper or outdated techniques which could only cause more harm to the victim. Make sure that the course is offered by a Red Cross training partner or its equivalent.
Concerned whether you enrolled in a legitimate first aid course? Here are five warning signs to look out for:
1. The instructors are not accredited by Red Cross or any accrediting agency.
All major first aid training providers are required to have trained first aid and CPR instructors. In order for you to acquire proper training and develop the right skills, you need someone with adequate training to teach you. The Red Cross and other regulatory bodies conduct trainings for the trainers to equip them with up-to-date knowledge and skills. Moreover, all instructors undergo stringent licensure process that assesses their proficiency in first aid and CPR before they are allowed to train others.
2. Actual training course that is considerably shorter than in advertised coursework.
Legitimate first aid courses are required to abide by the minimum time allowance. Take note that there is a lot of information that is involved in teaching these lifesaving skills. If you think that the program was significantly shorter or lacks adequate substance, you can contact Red Cross and inquire whether the first aid course you enrolled in was accredited.
3. No supplemental training manuals or books were given.
Training providers can obtain supplemental reading materials after they have been accredited. If your training course does not include any training manual or book, you might want to consider inquiring with the Red Cross.
4. Training does not include hands-on skills demonstration on certified training
Legitimate and credible training providers invest on expensive certified training equipment. These training equipment and supplies are essential in building the skills of the participants. Without this equipment, the result of the training is questionable.
5. No certification provided.
Everyone who has completed a first aid training course and have passed the skills requirements are given certification, both the regular paper-sized and the walletsized certificate. If you receive only one, make sure to ask for the other. If the training provider cannot provide certifications that bear their accreditation, you are likely not enrolled in a legitimate course.