Standard First Aid Training

Standard first aid training, courses, and re-certifications are the most popular basic first aid courses available. In this course, participants learn a variety of different topics including cardiopulmonary resuscitation, basic first aid, and how and when to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). Participants will learn about more than 30 different first aid topics in this 16-hour course. Participants will receive hands-on training in CPR, first aid, and for an AED.

Course Guideline

The following is a general course guideline for a standard first aid course:

  • Principles of first aid
  • Legal implications of first aid in your province and country.
  • Physiology and Anatomy of the cardiopulmonary system.
  • Bystanders and contacting emergency medical response (EMS).
  • Patient assessment for unconscious victims.
  • When and how to apply an AED.
  • One rescuer CPR for adult, child, and infant victims.
  • Two rescuer CPR for adult, child, and infant victims.
  • Obstructed airway management for conscious adults, children, and infants.
  • Obstructed airway management for unconscious adults, children, and infants.
  • Patient assessment for conscious victims.
  • Respiratory emergencies include aspiration, anaphylaxis, hyperventilation, and asthma.
  • Circulatory emergencies include shock, major bleeding, heart attack, angina, stroke, and transient ischemic attacks.
  • Injury management includes soft tissue injuries, burns, and facial injuries.
  • Medical emergencies include seizures and diabetic emergencies involving hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia.
  • Skeletal injuries include abdominal, chest, bone, joint, head, and spinal injuries.
  • Environmental emergencies include hypothermia, frostbite, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and heat stroke.
  • Environmental emergencies include inhalation and ingestion of poisons.
  • The victim assists and the land carries.
  • Critical incident response and the priority action approach.

The length of a  standard first aid course is mandated by Health Canada to be a minimum of 16 hours of training. Participants in this course will receive hands-on training with manikins with lungs, barrier devices such as pocket masks, and epinephrine auto-injector trainers for victims of anaphylaxis. For more information about these topics select the item from the main or side menu.

Canadian Providers for Standard First Aid Training

Canadians have the option of selecting from several major first aids and CPR providers. The major four providers are:

  • St. Johns Ambulance
  • St Mark James Training
  • The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
  • The Canadian Lifesaving Society

Participants can select other providers to take a standard first aid course, however, not all providers meet Health Canada regulations and meet government and legislative standards.


The average cost of standard first aid training is approximately 130 dollars. The course fee varies by location, CPR level, and provider.

Standard First Aid Registration

To register for a standard first aid training select your location from the side or main menu to be directed to a provider near you. We have providers located throughout Canada in almost every major metropolitan region. Our premier St Mark James providers are located in Victoria, Vancouver, Surrey, Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Saskatoon, Kelowna, Regina, Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, Mississauga, Thunder Bay, Windsor, and Halifax. To register for a course in these regions visit our training locations page by clicking here.