CPR and First Aid

CPR and AED Training in Ottawa
Adult training mannequins used in CPR training courses

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an important lifesaving skill that can save victims of people who go into cardiac arrest. When you train in any of our CPR programs, you will learn how to give basic first aid, use an automated external defibrillator (AED), and give CPR to children and adults. We have eight total programs: five training programs and three re-certification classes. We offer them all through the week, sometimes even during evenings and weekends if we cannot accommodate all the students who enrol in training.


Almost all of our trainees enrol in a program to receive CPR certification. Since all of our courses are certification programs, you just need to accomplish all the requirements (complete attendance and passing on the post-test) and we will award you with a training certificate for CPR. These certificates expire after two years.

Renewal of credentials

If you want to renew your CPR training certificate, you can sign up for re-certification classes before it expires. We do not qualify rescuers who have expired certification for renewal, only those with certificates that are approaching expiration. If you let your credentials expire, you will have to take the training program again to get a new certificate.

CPR training

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Our courses cover both basic and advanced training for CPR. Basic courses use the Basic Life Support (BLS) concept and guidelines while advanced courses for healthcare providers use Advanced Life Support (ALS). Firs aid is included in all these programs, as well as a automated external defibrillation (AED).

Lay persons can enrol in the basic Heartsaver program while the rest of our courses are tailored towards healthcare providers.

  • Heartsaver CPR/AED – a program for the general public that teaches one-person CPR, first aid, and AED. 4 hours
  • Heartsaver CPR/AED (C) – a program for HCPs that teaches one-person CPR, first aid, and AED, similar to the general public program but tailored towards people who are familiar with allied health topics. 4.5 hours
  • Basic Life Support – another program for HCPs but this teaches one and two-person rescue and the 2010 BLS guidelines (American Heart Association). First aid and AED is still included in the program’s curriculum. 4.5 hours, re-certification 4 hours

Advanced Life Support programs are more advanced, wherein healthcare providers are required to have valid Basic Life Support certificates and to pass the pre-test, consisting of a written and practical exam. We have two ACLS programs, both taking two days to complete. Medical management is the focus of training in an ALS program.

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support – teaches management of adult victims. 16 hours, re-certification 5 to 6 hours
  • Pediatric Life Support – teaches management of pediatric victims. 14 hours, re-certification 6 to 8 hours

Enrolment can be done over the website, on the online application form. It can be accomplished during any time of the day, same with e-mails. You can likewise enrol over the telephone and in person, but only during regular business hours. If you send in your application over e-mail or the website, you can expect it to be process during regular business hours as well.


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