Essential First Aid

Canadian Red Cross Training Partner


1. What courses do you offer?

        - Essential First Aid offers a wide range of First Aid & CPR Courses and Online Safety Courses.

2. Is there a minimum age for participants taking your course?

        - For all Red Cross courses we recommend a minimum age of 11 years.

3. Do I need to do any pre-reading before I take your course?  

        - No. However, if English is your second language you may want to make arrangements with us to pick up your book and   

          study it before starting your course. 


4. My Employer says a need AED skills. What does this mean?

        - AED is an abbreviation for Automated External Defibrillator. An AED is a machine used when giving CPR. 

          AED’s help save lives. Infact, every minute that goes by while performing CPR without the use of an AED, decreases the   

         chance of survival by 10%. Therefore, all Red Cross certification courses for adults include AED skills. 

5. Will my course include a test?

        - Yes. Red Cross certification courses contain a multiple choice test with a required pass mark of 75%. If English is your   

        second language, or if you have a learning disability or difficulty reading, please discuss this with us when you register.


1. What is Blended Learning?

       - Blended Learning is an alternative learning option to Traditional Classroom only instruction. Each blended learning course is divided into two components. Participants must first complete the self-paced online component, which includes the written knowledge evaluations, and then successfully complete an Instructor-led classroom component (skills practice and evaluation session) in order to achieve certification. 

2. How do I register and access Online Safety Training?

       - See our Online Safety Training section and pay for your desired course via PayPal. 

       - Once payment is received, you will receive an email confirmation with your confidential ePIN. 

       - Log in with your ePIN at http://redcrosselearning.ca/Login.php

       - You can login, save and return to your training course at any time


1. What do I have to do in order to get my certification?

        - You will be required to attend 100% of your course, participate fully during your course, be able to demonstrate the practical 

          skills to the level required and also achieve a minimum score of 75% during the multiple choice test.

2. When will I receive my certificate?

        - Upon successful completion of a First Aid & CPR course, you will be given a Red Cross Wallet-Certificate. An 8x10 Wall-Certification can be requested. 

        - Upon successful completed of an Online Safety Training course, you will be given the option to print your Certificate.


3. I have lost my certificate. How can I get a replacement?

        - You can get a replacement certificate by calling the Red Cross contact centre: 1-888-307-7997. You will need to let them    

          know the name of Red Cross course taken, course date, instructor’s name. 

        - Please note there is a charge for replacement certificates.

4. When will be Red Cross certificate expire?

        - All Red Cross certification courses have a 3-year expiry. Note your employer may have an earlier expiry and require  

          recertification at an early interval. 

        - There are shorter re-certification courses that can be taken to renew your certificate. A re-certification course must be taken   

          before your certificate expires. If you allow your certification to expire, you will need to take the full course again. 


1. When I register for a course, when will I receive my course supplies?

        - Course supplies will be available to you at the start of your course, unless alternate arrangements have been made


1. I am still nursing. Can I bring my baby with me to the course?

        - Yes. You will need to bring a babysitter to the course with you so that you will be able to concentrate on the material being  

           taught and practice the skills. 

        -  If your baby is fussy, the babysitter will be required to take them out of the room for a while so as not to disturb the group.  

        -  There is no charge for your babysitter to attend the first aid class.


1. I have trouble moving around and getting down on the floor due to joint problems ie: arthritis. Can I still participate in a First Aid & CPR course?

       - Yes. It is important that you discuss your situation with us before your course. In most cases, we can make arrangements 

          within the classroom so that you will be able to perform the skills without being uncomfortable.

2. I have a severe allergy can I still take the course? 

       - Yes. Just let us know what you are allergic to and bring your Epi pen and any other necessary medication with you to the  



1. Can I be sued for giving First Aid and/or CPR? 

        - As a citizen of Canada and resident of BC you are protected by the Good Samaritan Act.

         If you travel to other provinces of Canada or other countries the legal situation may be different so find out before you travel.

2. Once I have my First Aid & CPR Certificate am I obliged to give First Aid and/or CPR?

        - In most cases, you are not obliged to give first aid. If in doubt, it is recommended to minimally call 9-1-1/EMS.

        - If however, you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, you must remain at the scene and give assistance until you are    

          given permission to leave. 

        - Individuals whose paid employment obligates them to perform first aid are not covered