Emergency first aid and CPR is a mandatory certificate for many people. Many people are required to have this certificate valid due to workplace or schooling policies. The regulations for requirements and re-certifications for emergency first aid vary depending on your provincial regulations. Instead of having to repeat the full emergency first aid course every 2 to 3 years, some provinces allow for candidates to re-certify their certificate. Emergency first aid renewal / re-certification courses are significantly cheaper and shorter than the original course. To find out if a course is available in your province select your training location from the selection in the menu.
Re-Certification Course Length
Emergency first aid and CPR re-cert courses take approximately 6 to 8 hours which is shorter than the 8 to 10 hour initial course. The course is also cheaper by approximately 30%. To be eligible for a re-certification course candidates must meet the criteria posted below.
Emergency First Aid Re-Certification Requirements
It is important to keep in mind that a emergency first aid re-certification may not be available in your province due to provincial regulations. Previous certification card must be from the same country. For example: if you wish to attend a first aid re-certification course in Canada your previous certificate must also be from Canada. Certifications are internationally accredited. Candidates must ask for approval from St Mark James prior to attending a re-cert course with a certificate from another country.
- Candidates must have completed either the full course or a re-certification course within the past 3 years to be eligible for a re-cert. If the previous certificate is more than 3 years in age then candidates must re-take the full course.
- Candidates must have a previous certificate from a credible provider in order to be eligible for a emergency first aid and CPR re-cert. Credible providers include St Mark James, Vancouver First Aid, Heart and Stroke Foundation and St. Johns Ambulance. Candidates that have received a certificate from other providers must receive permission from the provider prior to attending the course. Certificates received via on-line courses will not be eligible for a re-certification.
- Participants in Ontario must take previous certification with a St Mark James provider and may not take consecutive re-cert courses.
St Mark James Emergency First Aid Re-Certification Award
If a candidates meets all of these requirements and can bring his or her previous certificate and first aid manual then the candidate will be eligible for a re-certification certificate. Upon successful completion of the skills component and multiple choice test, candidates will receive a St Mark James emergency first aid and CPR certificate that is valid for 3 years. In some provinces this course meets workplace requirements for first aid training.
Registration for Re-Certification Programs
To register for a emergency first aid re-certification course please select one of the highlighted links throughout the page to be directed to another page for more information and registration. We only partner with the most prominent providers throughout Canada. To view a list of all of our training partner locations click here for more details.