Please Note: This course was renamed from “Emergency First Aid” to “Basic First Aid” by Saint John Ambulance in 2023.


This is a classroom-based 1-day St. John Ambulance-certified course in basic first aid available multiple times a week at SCS. It includes “Level A CPR” which trains you in CPR to do on adults and kids age 8 and up. If you may need to do CPR on younger kids and infants, you need to click back and enroll in the two-day Standard First Aid – Level C (for children).

The course combines theory and hands-on exercises to teach you the skills you need to preserve life and prevent further injury. More than half the class time is for hands-on practice of first aid skills, so you will leave our course able to perform practical first aid in emergency situations. This basic first aid course is suitable for people who can rely on ambulance services within 20 minutes of a 911 call. If you can’t rely on that, click back and enroll in Standard First Aid.

Course Content

When someone is injured and in need of first aid, will you know what to do?

Basic First Aid (St. John Ambulance certified) will teach you what you need to know. This training will help you learn how to protect your co-workers, your family, and yourself. For workplaces or in the home, your first aid training can benefit everyone in your life.

The course is completed in one day and covers the essentials of first aid, focusing on immediately life-threatening medical emergencies.

Course topics include the following:

  • Legislation compliance requirements
  • Emergency scene management
  • Head and spinal injuries
  • Shock/unconsciousness, and fainting
  • Severe bleeding
  • Medical conditions
  • CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) “Level A” for adults
  • Artificial respiration
  • AED (automatic external debrillator) for adults
  • Choking emergencies

Prerequisites and PPE

You don’t need to complete any other courses or have any prior experience to enroll in this course. You also don’t need to bring along any personal protective equipment (PPE).

Note: All courses require you to have government-issued photo ID.

Location & Time

This course is located at our Edmonton branch at 7633 50 St NW, Edmonton, Alberta.

The course starts at 8:00 am