Which course should I take?

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The program categories for our courses include First Aid & CPR, Professional Responder, Psychological First Aid, Wilderness & Remote First Aid, Marine, Youth, and Caregiver. 

The choice of course which best suits your needs may depend on provincial workplace legislation, employer requirements, personal or professional needs, or as a prerequisite for another program. 

A certification course (CPR, Standard or Emergency First Aid, for example) requires demonstration of knowledge and skills to receive an official certification from the Canadian Red Cross which can be used as an employment or prerequisite requirement.  

Non-certification workshops (Babysitting, First Aid Basics) provide knowledge and skills on a specific topic, however, does not result in an official certification. 

For more information, please review the course descriptions linked in the chart below. You can also access the course description directly from the search results of our course catalog, Find a Course. 

Course Type Roles  Red Cross Course
First Aid 
Professional Responder  Paramedic, Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician, Search and Rescue, Designated First Aid Attendant  • Basic Life Support 
• First Responder 
• Emergency Medical Responder 
• Advanced First Aid 
• Wilderness First Responder  
Health Care Worker  Medical Doctor, Nurse, Pharmacist, Dentist, Medical or Support Personnel, Health Care Student  • Basic Life Support 
• Airway Management 
• Oxygen Therapy 
• First Responder 
• Emergency Medical Responder 
• Advanced First Aid 
• Emergency First Aid CPR A or C 
• Standard First Aid CPR A or C 
• Marine Basic First Aid 
• Wilderness First Responder 
Health Therapy / Alternative Medicine  Physiotherapist, Kinesiologist or Sports Therapist, Osteopath, Occupational Therapist, Naturopathy, Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist, Chiropractor  • CPR A or C 
• Emergency First Aid CPR A or C 
• Standard First Aid CPR A or C 
Working with Children  Early Childhood or Daycare Educator, Primary or Secondary School Person, Camp Counsellor, Sports Coach, Caregiver, Parents   • Emergency Child Care FA   
• Standard Child Care FA 
General Public  Parent or Family Member, Community Member, Worker, or Retiree  • CPR A or C 
• Emergency First Aid CPR A or C 
• Standard First Aid CPR A or C 
Specialized Professions/ Interests  Ski Patrol, Marine Personnel  • Marine Basic First Aid 
• Marine Advanced First Aid 
• Remote First Aid 
• Wilderness First Aid 
• Wilderness First Responder 
Non-Medical Professions  Personal Trainer, Security Guard, Lifeguard, Tradesperson, Skilled Worker, Police Officer  • CPR A or C 
• Emergency First Aid CPR A or C 
• Standard First Aid CPR A or C 
Instructor & Youth Leader 
First Aid, Wilderness & Psychological First Aid (PFA)  Instructor, Trainer, Course Facilitator  • First Aid & CPR Instructor 
• Psychological First Aid Instructor 
• Professional Responder Instructor 
• Wilderness First Aid Instructor  
• Teaching Experience Supervisor 
• Youth Leader
• First Aid Programs Instructor Trainer 
Psychological First Aid 
Applicable in all fields  All Roles  • PFA - Self-Care 
• PFA - Caring for Others 
• PFA - Self-Care & Wellness 
• Psychological First Aid  
Courses for Children & Youth 
Home Safety & Childcare  Youth & Teens, Babysitters   • Stay Safe! 
• Babysitting   
Featured Courses 
Opioid Harm Reduction  All Roles  • Opioid Harm Reduction 
• First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies 
• Becoming an Opioid Harm Reduction Champion 
• Ontario Workplace Naloxone Program - First Aid for Opioid Poisoning (redcross.ca)
• (For Quebec learners) Becoming an Opioid Harm Reduction Champion 
Occupational Health & Safety 
Workplace Safety  H&S Consultants and Coordinators, Quality Assurance Professionals, H&S Officers, Safety Inspectors & Specialists, Leaders in OHS, Academic Roles  • Accessibility Standard for Customer Service (Ontario) 
• BC Bill 14: Workplace Bullying and Harassment - How to Recognize and Respond 
• BC Bill 14: Workplace Bullying and Harassment - Meeting Employer Requirements 
• Bear Aware: Travelling in Bear Country 
• Bear Aware: Working in Bear Country 
• Bill 168: Achieving Compliance  
• Bloodborne Pathogens 
• Confined Space Awareness 
• Fall Protection 
• Fire Safety 
• H2S Awareness 
• Infection Control and Prevention Basics for Healthcare Workplaces 
• Lockout/Tagout 
• Medical Terminology 
• Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Awareness 
• SIMDUT 2015 (French) 
• Slips, Trips and Fall Protection 
• The Joint Health and Safety Committee 
• Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) 
• WHMIS 2015 
• Worker Health and Safety Awareness 
• Working Safely Alone 
• Working Safely Alone in British Columbia 
• Workplace Hazards: Identification, Assessment and Control 
Workplace Policies & Procedures  H&S Consultants and Coordinators, Quality Assurance Professionals, H&S Officers, Safety Inspectors & Specialists, Leaders in OHS, Academic Roles  • Accessibility Standard for Customer Service (Ontario) 
• BC Bill 14: Workplace Bullying and Harassment - How to Recognize and Respond 
• BC Bill 14: Workplace Bullying and Harassment - Meeting Employer Requirements 
• Bill 168: Achieving Compliance 
• The Joint Health and Safety Committee 
• Worker Health and Safety Awareness 
• Working Safely Alone 
• Working Safely Alone in British Columbia 
• Workplace Hazards: Identification, Assessment and Control 
Wilderness Safety  Search and Rescue, Worker, General Public  • Bear Aware: Travelling in Bear Country 
• Bear Aware: Working in Bear Country 
Specialized Workplace Safety  H&S Consultants and Coordinators, Quality Assurance Professionals, H&S Officers, Safety Inspectors & Specialists, Leaders in OHS, Academic Roles, Security Guard, Tradesperson, Skilled Worker  • Confined Space Awareness 
• Fall Protection 
• Fire Safety 
• H2S Awareness 
• Lockout/Tagout 
• Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Awareness 
• SIMDUT 2015 
Slips, Trips and Fall Protection 
• Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) 
• WHMIS 2015 
• Workplace Hazards: Identification, Assessment and Control 
Health Topics  H&S Consultants and Coordinators, Quality Assurance Professionals, H&S Officers, Safety Inspectors & Specialists, Leaders in OHS, Academic Roles, Medical or Support Personnel, Health Care Student  • Bloodborne Pathogens 
• Infection Control and Prevention Basics for Healthcare Workplaces 
• Medical Terminology 
• Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Awareness