Q: Why would my employer/organization want me to update my certificate before the 3 years is up?
A: Some employers and organizations require that you upgrade each year or every 2 years. If this is the case and it is a company policy, you must follow the request and upgrade.
Q: When can I update my certificate or re-certify my First Aid/CPR?
A: You can update or re-certify your Red Cross certificate any time within the 3 years (start date of course must be 1 day before your current card expires) It is a one day re-certification and is valid for 3 years.
Q: I have taken the Red Cross First Aid/CPR course before, can I just do a re-certification course?
A: If your Red Cross First Aid/CPR certificate has not expired, you can re-certify(1 time) instead of taking the full length course. If your certification has expired, you must take the full course again.
* eg. full course (valid for 3 years). Re-cert course (valid for 3 years). The next course you can take will have to be a full course. You can only re-certify once in between full courses. Manuals and standards are reviewed & updated every 5 years.
Q: I was certified by another First Aid provider (eg. St. John's Ambulance). Can I now be certified or re-certified by Red Cross?
A: You can always be certified by any provider if you take the full course. WSIB regulates and monitors each approved company. WSIB states that no First Aid company can re-certify another First Aid certificate, unless it is the CPR portion only.
Q: How do I know which course I should take?
A: It all depends on what you need it for. If it is a work place requirement, you should inquire what level your employer requires. you can ask yourself a series of questions;
Is it a workplace requirement? Is it for general interest? Do I need to learn CPR/First aid for adults only? or do I need to learn CPR/First aid for adults, children & infants? Is my current certificate valid or expired?
* You can call me if you are still unsure and I can help.
Q: How long is my Red Cross certificate valid for?
A: Upon successful completion of all requirements, your Red Cross certificate is valid for 3 years.