Standard First Aid with CPR-C
All registered ACAC members are required to provide proof that they have obtained, at minimum, Standard First Aid with CPR-C (both are required) certification by the last business day in June in order for membership renewal requirements to be met.
This requirement applies to each and every member who is currently licensed in Alberta – regardless of licensure date.
If your certificate expires before the 2021 June renewal then you will need to provide proof of completion to the ACAC to complete your registration for 2021/2022.
Standard First Aid and CPR-C quick facts
Please review our quick facts sheet
for an overview of this requirement. For more detailed information, please read on.
Which programs are recognized as accredited?
Members may obtain Standard First Aid with CPR-C (both are required) certification through any organization accredited by Alberta Occupational Health and Safety.
Members can access OHS approved courses here
OHS accreditation is evaluated quarterly, so ensure you are accessing the most current version of their document when you are looking for a provider.
If you choose a course provider who is not specifically on the OHS list:
It is your responsibility to:
- they must be affiliated with/certified by one who is on the list in order for your course to be eligible (for example, they must be certified by Canadian Red Cross, or St. John’s Ambulance, etc.)
- the certifying organization’s logo must be shown on the certificate for your course to be eligible (e.g., Canadian Red Cross logo)
- research and contact your chosen program provider to see if it is affiliated with/certified by one of these organizations, and;
- to ensure that the course you are registering for includes at minimum Standard First Aid with CPR-C.
The ACAC does not approve providers or courses. Refer to the OHS list and consult with your course provider to ensure their offering meets the mandatory minimum requirement.
Ensure you obtain at minimum Standard First Aid with CPR-C (both are required). Lesser certifications do not meet this requirement. We recommend you refer to the Standard First Aid and CPR quick facts sheet
for further details on which levels are eligible or not – prior to registering in a course.
To meet your membership renewal requirements and to be eligible for CC credits, your certificate(s) must evidence the following:
- Standard First Aid with CPR-C (both are required)
- the date the certificate was issued
- the certificate expiry date
- that the certificate was issued by an accredited provider
- that it is an official certificate
If you have taken separate Standard First Aid and CPR-C courses, each certificate must meet the above requirements.
We will not accept:
- certificates indicating that part of the course was taken – you must submit the final certificate that shows the full course is complete (i.e., no interim certificates)
- certificates that do not meet the above-listed criteria
- certificates for a course that is completely online with no in-person training
How many Continuing Competence (CC) credits will I receive?
- Initial certification = maximum of twelve (12) credits.
- Recertification = maximum of eight (8) credits.
CC credits earned in the current period cannot be carried forward into next year.
How do I submit my CPR certificate?
How long do I need to maintain certification?
You are required to maintain the Standard First Aid and CPR-C with AED certification as long as you are a member of the ACAC.
Many programs offer three year certification. This means certification/re-certification is only required one time, every three years. Be sure to check how long your chosen program’s certification lasts.
What if my CPR certificate expires before the last business day in June?
With each member’s certification expiring at different times throughout the calendar year, your requirement is only to demonstrate proof of valid Standard First Aid with CPR-C (both are required).
This requirement is usually due by the 20th of June of the year that your existing certificate expires. This requirement has been waived for the 2020-2021 renewal that completes in September 2020.
If required, you will need to submit your current CPR certification to complete renewal in June 2021 for the 2021-2022 renewal.