Since 2000, all of the major Canadian first aid and CPR providers introduced automated external defibrillator (AED) training into the CPR and first aid program. Throughout Canada AED’s have become more prevalent and more people are trained on how to use them. As the number of people who enter into cardiac arrest increase every year the demand for AED’s has never been higher. Costs of AED’s has dropped as demand has drastically increased in the past 10 years. AED’s are almost essential in rescuing victims that have entered cardiac arrest. Due to the effectiveness and ease of use AED training has become standard with almost every Red Cross first aid and CPR course.
The following Red Cross courses include AED training:
- Standard First Aid
- Standard Childcare First Aid
- Emergency Childcare First Aid
- Emergency First Aid
- CPR level “A”
- CPR level “B”
- CPR level “C”
- CPR level “C” for health care providers (CPR “HCP”)
Candidates can not receive stand-alone AED certification through any Red Cross course. Candidates must take a first aid and or CPR course to receive AED training and certification. Regardless of the course, candidates will receive certification that meet government and legislative standards and is valid for 3 years. AED training is also a component in all available first aid and CPR re-certifications.
AED Criteria Covered in Red Cross Courses:
Candidates will cover the following AED topics in a first aid and / or CPR course:
- When to notify a bystander to obtain a AED.
- When and how to apply a AED to a victim.
- Different prompts and possible error when using a AED.
- Safety precautions when using a AED.
- Failsafe barriers when using a AED.
- Two person rescues with the use a of a AED.
- Basic physical overview of a AED.
Learning to use a AED can drastically increase the chances of survival for a victim of cardiac arrest. Learn to use a AED and become part of the chain of survival.Learn more about AED’s by taking a look at our AED facts page where you can dispel some common myths about automated external defibrillators.
We are partnered with a number of Red Cross training providers throughout Canada. To learn basic AED training as well as CPR and / first aid training through the Canadian Red Cross visit our locations page to view a list of our training partners. We have training partners that offer CPR and AED programs in Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria, Toronto, Kelowna, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Halifax and Hamilton. All of our training partners provide simple and easy registration and a large number of available courses.