Canadians are stuck with too many options in the first aid and CPR world. Most participants have to select from 3 different first aid courses and in some parts of Canada have to select from at least 4 different levels. CPR training is not much different. Participants can select from at least 3 different CPR level’s. All courses include CPR and all courses include training in the use of automated external defibrillators (AED). The type of CPR course a candidate needs is determined by several options. If a candidate is required to have a certificate for school, volunteer or workplace purposes I strongly recommend that they contact the employer or program administrator to determine the required level of CPR. If a candidate is taking the CPR course for educational purposes only then this article should really help. Prior to registering for any CPR course participants should be aware that no first aid training is included in stand-alone CPR courses. Fortunately, all first aid courses include CPR training. This page will outline the different levels of available CPR courses to Canadians.
The simplest, quickest and most basic course is CPR level “A”. This course covers essential CPR components including CPR for adult and child patients. Candidates will also learn to recognize and provide care for patients with breathing emergencies such as choking. Participants will also cover topics such as contacting EMS and legal implications of doing CPR. Typical candidates include people that work in the service, fitness and care industries, specifically with adults.
Comprehensive CPR Training
The most popular and one of the most comprehensive CPR courses is CPR “C”. This course includes all of the material offered in CPR “A” and the CPR “C” certificate can substitute a CPR “A” award. In this course candidates will not only learn CPR techniques for adult and child patients but will also learn to treat and care for infant patients. This course is slightly longer than CPR level “A” and includes all of the breathing emergency components.
Health Care Provider Level
The most detailed CPR course is CPR “HCP” which is designed for people that work in the health care industry. This course covers all of the material included in CPR “A” and “C” and adds additional training with the use of advanced equipment and trained assistance. This course is slightly longer than CPR level “C”. Typical candidates include health care workers, health care administrators, and nursing and medical students.
Prior to registering for any course it is important for candidates to determine if they need a CPR “only” course or if they need a combined first aid and CPR course. All first aid and CPR courses include training in the use of automated external defibrillators. Participants should also determine the level of CPR training they are required to have for workplace, volunteer or school purposes. Most candidates opt for CPR level “C” which is easily the most popular course among all three. All CPR courses will teach candidates the basic skills to help preserve and save a life.