Standard First Aid provides comprehensive training covering all
aspects of first aid and CPR. Standard First Aid incorporates all
of Emergency First Aid and is designed for those who require a more
in-depth understanding of first aid including: legal implications
of first aid treatment, spinal injuries, heat or cold injuries,
bone and joint injuries, chest injuries, and medical emergencies.
Includes CPR-C certification.
The first aid program is not restricted to aquatic candidates.
You can use the Lifesaving Society's first aid awards to train
non-aquatic staff (camp, playground, maintenance, etc.) and the
Evaluation & certification: Current
Standard First Aid Instructors evaluate most items, but only
current Standard First Aid Examiners may certify candidates. The
Lifesaving Society deems its certifications to be "current" for 24
months from the certification date.
Candidate recognition: Certification card.
Required reference material: Canadian First
Aid Manual or Canadian Lifesaving Manual
Recertification: Current Standard
First Aid (SFA) award holders may recertify their Lifesaving
Society SFA certification just once on a Lifesaving Society SFA
Recertification Course not more than 3 years from the Standard
First Aid date of issue. To renew SFA certifications subsequently,
award holders must repeat the full SFA Course. Thereafter,
individuals may renew by alternating recertifications and original
Holders of Standard First Aid certificates from other agencies
may not recertify their certificate on a Lifesaving Society
recertification course. They may recertify only with the original
WSIB's SFA recert policy
The Ontario Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB)
specifies that Standard First Aid (SFA) award holders may recertify
just once on a SFA recertification course. To renew a SFA
certification subsequently, WSIB requires you to repeat the full
course. Thereafter, you may renew by alternating recertifications
and original courses.
If your SFA certification is older than three years, WSIB
requires that you take the full course (not a recert) again.
Holders of Standard First Aid certificates must recertify only
with the original certifying agency. Check your Lifesaving Society
qualifications using Find a Member before you attend your
Standard First Aid recertification to make sure you meet WSIB's
While the Lifesaving Society disagrees with this WSIB
requirement, the Society is altering its recertification procedure
for Standard First Aid (only) to be in compliance.
Ontario's Workplace Safety & Insurance Board
(WSIB) has advised its recognized first aid providers to
comply with WSIB requirements regarding recertification of Standard
First Aid. All first aid providers must comply. The Society
continues to liaise with WSIB and other first aid providers
regarding the rationale underlying the WSIB requirement and
alternatives to it.
Standard First Aid includes the ten Emergency
First Aid items in addition to the following:
- Demonstrate two-rescuer adult, child and infant cardiopulmonary
resuscitation on a manikin.
- Demonstrate the recognition and care of a victim with a
suspected spinal injury on land.
- Demonstrate the recognition and care of a victim suffering
- heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke
- hypothermia and frostbite
- Demonstrate the recognition and care of a bone or joint
- Demonstrate the recognition and care of a chest injury.
- Demonstrate the recognition and care of a head injury.
- Demonstrate the recognition and care of a seizure victim.
- Demonstrate the recognition and care of a diabetic
- Demonstrate the recognition and care of a victim suffering from
- Demonstrate an understanding of the effects of stress on
victims, rescuers, and bystanders, as well as the consequences of
an unsuccessful rescue.