First Aid Training in Halifax

St. Mark James Training Halifax is the only training provider of CPR, first aid, and safety courses in Nova Scotia that gives quality training for very affordable fees. Students choose from a range of over 20 courses, offering nationwide and provincial certification. When certificates near expiry, students can even opt to enrol to re-certification courses. Finding the class schedule that fits yours is easy.

Take a look at all the programs offered by St. Mark James Training Halifax below or on the website.

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Ice is applied to minimize the swelling of an injured knee

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and First Aid Training Halifax

The cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training curriculum covers basic CPR skills and knowledge needed to manage a cardiac arrest emergency. Cardiac arrest happens when the heart stops working due to inadequate blood flow to the tissue. CPR training will teach trainees how to do adequate chest compressions, give rescue breaths, and even how to use a defibrillator (AED).

There are 5  different kinds and categories of CPR training, varying with length and target students at St. Mark James Training Halifax.

Standard First Aid and CPR

This program is 14-16 hours long, completed over two days. Students seeking basic first aid and CPR certification (usually for work requirements) can take this program. Students are taught 1 person rescue techniques for CPR and basic first aid skills such as bandaging and splinting. There is an available re-certification class that is 6 to 8 hours long.

Emergency First Aid and CPR

The curriculum for this program is more or less the same as Standard First Aid and CPR, but is completed over a one-day course, 6.5 to 8 hours long. Re-certification for this emergency program is 4 to 6 hours.


There are three levels of CPR and AED training we offer. CPR A (4 hours) and C (5 hours) are targeted towards the general public while HCP (6 hours) is for health care providers and professional. CPR A only teaches CPR for adult victims while CPR C and HCP teach CPR for both adult and pediatric victims. AEDs or defibrillators are machines that can detect the rhythm of the heart and give it electrical shock. Re-certification is only available for CPR C and HCP, 4 hours long each.

Standard Child Care First Aid and CPR

Teaching the same basic skill set as Standard First Aid and CPR, this program goes beyond the basic curriculum to teach trainees the difference between performing CPR on adults and children. Pediatric patients are children who are infants up to younger teenagers. This is a two-day program as well, longer, taking 16-20 hours to complete. There is a re-certification program that runs for 8 to 9 hours long.

Emergency Child Care First Aid and CPR

This program is the shorter version of the Standard Child Care First Aid and CPR program, taking only 1 day and an 8 hour course to complete. Re-certification is 6 to 8 hours long.

Bandages are used to immobilize injuries, reduce swelling, and keep dressing in place

Safety and awareness

St. Mark James Training Halifax has several safety and awareness programs offered through the week as well. There are in-house courses and on-line courses. Certification for in-house courses have validity for 3 years (same as the in-house CPR/first aid courses) while certification from on-line courses have no expiration.

  1. Food safety and handling – no expiration but upgrades are required every 5 years
  2. H2S (hydrogen sulfide) awareness – available in-house and on-line

Purely on-line programs

  1. WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System)
  2. TDG (Transport of Dangerous Goods)
  3. Fire hazards




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