The best CPR and first aid training can be found at St. Mark James Training in Thunder Bay, , Ontario. This training provider teaches trainees the latest first aid and CPR techniques and guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA). There are programs on CPR and first aid, as well as safety programs, that are tailored for the general public as well as towards people in healthcare (students or providers). If you need any form of certification for healthcare training, you can find a program that suits your needs with St. Mark James Training Thunder Bay. Re-certification is also available with us, if you need to renew near expiry certification.
Introduction to healthcare certification
Because accidents often happen at work – especially in high risk workplaces that aren’t necessarily in healthcare – employers have been requesting that all employees get basic CPR and first aid training. The demand for certification has been increasing because of these requests. Certification programs are offered by most training centers in Canada, but finding one that meets provincial requirements can be difficult. At St. Mark James Training Thunder Bay the certification you receive will meet the standards of your workplace as well as provincial legislation.
Certificates have a validity of two years. Before the expiration, students have to sign up for re-certification. Expired certificates cannot be renewed; rescuers can only qualify for re-certification if their credentials are still valid.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation programs cover the same basic topics, with varying curricula because of different target audiences and victim age. Our provider teaches students how to correctly perform CPR skills from chest compressions to defibrillation. Students are taught how to use AEDs – automated external defibrillators. AEDs are attached to the chest with pads before electricity can be sent to the heart. The electricity helps normalize the heart rhythm during an arrythmia.
All of the CPR programs have first aid training included, aside from the stand-alone CPR levels.
Standard First Aid and CPR
Program length: 14-16 hrs. / 2 days
Re-certification length: 6-8 hrs.
Focus: 1-person rescue (compressions, rescue breaths, AEDs), physical asessment (adult), basic first aid (medication administration, wound care, bandaging, etc.)
Emergency First Aid and CPR
Program length: 6.5-8 hrs. / 1 day
Re-certification length: 4-6 hrs.
Focus: same as Standard First aid and CPR
Standard Child Care First Aid and CPR
Program length: 16-20 hrs. / 2 days
Re-certification length: 8-9 hrs.
Focus: 1 person rescue, pediatric physical assessment, pediatric pharmacology, basic first aid skills
Emergency Child Care First Aid and CPR
Program length: 8 hrs. / 1 day
Re-certification length: 6-8 hrs.
Focus: Same as Standard Child Care First Aid and CPR
Stand-alone CPR (no first aid)
Level A, C, and HCP
Program length: 4 / 5/ 6 hrs.
Re-certification: 4 hrs. (C and HCP only)
Focus: A – general public, adult CPR; C – general public, adult and pediatric CPR; HCP – healthcare providers, adult and pediatric CPR
St. Mark James Training Thunder Bay also has different safety programs students can sign up for. These are different from each other, with come programs offered in house while others are offered online. Online certification has no expiration.
- Food safe course – in house, certification: updates every 5 years
- H2S alive – in house and online, certification: expiry after 3 years (in house)
- WHMIS – online
- TDG – online
- Fire safety – online