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How long does it take to train for first aid?

We have a lot of people ask us, "how long does it take to train for first aid"? The answer to this all depends on what course one wants to take and in what format they choose to take the course in. Because the WSIB is the governing body for all first aid training programs in Ontario, let's start by detailing their regulations for course length:


  • Standard First Aid CPR Level C with AED training has a WSIB mandated course length of 13.5 hours, traditionally taught over 2 days.

  • Emergency First Aid CPR Level C with AED training has a WSIB mandated course length of 6.5 hours, traditionally taught over 1 day.

  • Basic Life Support has a WSIB mandated course length of 4 hours, traditionally taught in half a day.


When we talk about courses being 'traditionally taught' over a certain number of days, we use this term because of the changes the first aid industry has undergone since the Covid-19 pandemic. Traditionally, all courses were taught face to face with students in the classroom for the entire course length, but since the pandemic, there has been a shift to 'blended' learning. The blended learning format now allows courses to be taught half online and half in-person.


These changes in learning style have led to less time in the classroom and greater flexibility for students when completing a first aid course. Holmes Medical Training has become well known for its blended learning programs and has enjoyed a tremendous amount of positive feedback. 


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