The type of first aid and CPR certification you are required to have and how often you need to re-certify is dependent on your employer. Typical questions that instructors hear are “How often do I need to re-certify?” or “What type of first aid or CPR certification do I need?”. Instructors usual response is to have the candidate ask their employer and to possibly get it in writing to prevent any future confusion.
For City of Vancouver Lifeguards there is a lot of rumors circulating that they will be required to have a current, within one year, CPR HCP certificate instead of a CPR C certificate. This move is coming from the fact that Lifeguards are being deemed health care workers and it only seems fitting that health care workers have health care provider (HCP) CPR. Aquatics and community programmers, along with the head supervisors of the City of Vancouver parks board, have been discussing this change and how to implement it to the hundreds, if not thousands of City of Vancouver Lifeguards. It doesn’t seem like a question of “if” but more of a question of “when” the change will happen as most aquatics programmers are not shy when explaining that the shift to CPR HCP is inevitable.
The concerns will soon shift to the Lifeguards likely asking how to obtain a CPR HCP certificate without having to retake an entire CPR course and go over first basic and mundane steps that Lifeguards, hopefully, already understand. Vancouver First Aid Ltd will be offering CPR HCP courses and CPR HCP renewal courses to Lifeguards that will focus on the differences between CPR C and CPR HCP. Hopefully this will ease some of the pain for this transition. If you are interested in switching from your current or