First Aid Courses

SERT is a Canadian Red Cross Training Partner, meaning that by taking a course with us you will receive a Red Cross first aid certification. In 2012, SERT was the #1 provider of Red Cross first aid certifications in Southwestern Ontario.
For a map of the Western campus, click here, and for a map of the University Community Centre, click here. Please refer to the FAQs below if you have questions about your course.

Please click below on the course you would like to register in.

  • If a course is full you may join the waitlist by selecting the course form the list below and providing us with your information. This does not guarantee entrance into the course. You WILL NOT be billed unless you are admitted. SERT will contact you if spots become available.
  • Please note that while SERT accepts Visa and MasterCard, we do not accept Visa Debit.

If you have any questions about registration or you would like a private group course please call our office at (519) 661-2111×84824 or email our Education Coordinator.

IN LIGHT OF THE EVOLVING SITUATION WITH COVID-19, ALL STANDARD FIRST AID COURSES UNTIL APRIL 30th, 2020 ARE CANCELLED. IF YOU HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED FOR A COURSE, YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL IN THE NEXT 2 WEEKS IN ORDER TO PROCESS A REFUND.

We are currently experiencing a system issue and the registration sign-up is down. If you would like to sign up for a course, please click here and fill out the form with your registration details. Our Education Coordinator will follow up with you regarding payment.

Standard First Aid & CPR Level C with AED

Time Commitment: 16 hours

Cost: $95

Course Materials: First Aid & CPR Manual

Description: “A comprehensive two-day course offering first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills for those who need training due to work requirements or who want more knowledge to respond to emergencies at home . . . Exceeds competitor’ standards by including injury prevention content, CPR and AED.” (Source: CRC SFA & CPR Fact Sheet). This Course Covers:

  • Preparing to respond
  • The EMS system
  • Check, Call, Care
  • Airway emergencies
  • Breathing and circulation emergencies
  • First aid for respiratory and cardiac arrest (CPR)
  • Wound care
  • Head and spine injuries
  • Bone, muscle and joint injuries
  • Sudden medical emergencies
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Poisons
  • Other content required by WSIB

Certification lasts 3 years. To remain certified, a Red Cross recertification course must be taken prior to your original certification’s expiration date.

Standard First Aid & CPR Level C with AED – Recertification

*Registration in this course requires a CURRENT, Canadian Red Cross Standard First Aid & CPR-C certification. A previous recertification does not meet this criteria. If you arrive at your course without proper proof of certification, we reserve the right to remove you from the course without a refund.

Time Commitment: 8 hours

Cost: $80

Prerequisite: A current Red Cross Standard First Aid & CPR (Level C) certificate

Course Materials: First Aid & CPR Manual

Description: Recertification allows participants to practice and review skills to feel more confident as a First Aider. The Recertification program is important as it informs participants on new standards of First Aid that may have come out since they last took the Standard First Aid course.

Recertification is valid for 3 years, after which time a full certification course must be taken.

First Responder

Time Commitment: 44 hours

Cost: Please inquire directly with SERT

Course Materials: Emergency Care Manual

Description: “This course includes first aid and CPR skills for professional first responders or those wanting to become first responders. The course teaches techniques for sustaining life, preventing further injuries, and caring for illnesses and injuries until the next level of medical personnel arrives. Includes CPR level C and AED” (Source: CRC FR Fact Sheet).

This course covers:

  • Advanced assesment and training of basic cardiac life support (CPR) skills
  • Advanced bandaging and splinting techniques
  • Assessing and securing an emergency scene, making critical decisions
  • Assisting paramedics
  • Baseline vitals, such as blood pressure and pulse rate
  • Dealing with multiple casualty situations
  • Emergency childbirth
  • Injury Assessment
  • Moving and transportation skills
  • Musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries, burns, heat and cold emergencies
  • Oxygen administration, airway insertion, breathing devices
  • Specialized equipment training, such as cervical collars, artificial airways and traction splints

Certification lasts 3 years. To remain certified, a Red Cross recertification course must be taken prior to your original certification’s expiration date.

Emergency Medical Responder

Time Commitment: 80 hours

Cost: Please inquire directly with SERT

Course Materials: Emergency Care Manual

Description: “This course provides the knowledge and skills that are necessary in an emergency to help sustain life, reduce pain, and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness for those functioning as a member of the health care team in a pre-hospital setting. Course is for those providing a professional level of emergency response including firefighters, law-enforcement officers, and emergency medical services personnel. Includes CPR level C and AED. Meets the Paramedic Association of Canada National Occupational Competency Profiles for the practitioner level of emergency medical responder (EMR)” (Source: CRC EMR Fact Sheet). It is also the standard to which all SERT members are trained.

This course covers:

  • The responder
  • The emergency scene
  • Preventing disease transmission
  • Human body systems
  • Assessment
  • Respiratory emergencies
  • Airway and ventilation
  • Circulatory emergencies
  • Bleeding
  • Shock
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Head and spine injuries
  • Chest, abdominal, and pelvic injuries
  • Sudden illnesses
  • Poisoning
  • Heat- and cold-related emergencies
  • Special populations
  • Childbirth
  • Crisis intervention
  • Reaching and moving people
  • Multiple casualty incidents
  • Communications and transportation

Certification lasts 3 years. To remain certified, a Red Cross recertification course must be taken prior to your original certification’s expiration date.

CPR C with AED

Upcoming Course Dates: Please contact SERT if you are interested in setting up a contract CPR C course.

Time Commitment: 5-6 hours

Cost: Please inquire directly with SERT

Description: This course “provides the skills needed to recognize and respond to cardiovascular emergencies and choking for adults, children, and babies . . . including training in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). Courses offer training suitable for workplace or general interest” (Source: CRC CPR/AED Fact Sheet).

This course teaches:

  • The First Aider’s role
  • Check, Call, Care
  • H.AI.N.E.S. recovery position
  • Choking – adult, child, and baby
  • Assisting with medications
  • Heart attack and angina
  • Stroke
  • CPR – adult, child, and baby
  • Deadly bleeding
  • AED
  • WSIB required content

Certification lasts 3 years. To remain certified, a Red Cross recertification course must be taken prior to your original certification’s expiration date.

CPR C with AED – Recert

Upcoming Course Dates: Please contact SERT if you are interested in setting up a contract CPR C course.

Time Commitment: 4 hours

Cost: Please inquire directly with SERT

Prerequisite: A current Red Cross CPR (Level C) with AED certificate

Course Materials:CPR & AED Manual

Description: Recertification allows participants to practice and review skills to feel more confident as a First Aider. The Recertification program is important as it informs participants on new standards of CPR/AED that may have come out since they last took the CPR C with AED course.

Recertification is valid for 3 years, after which time a full certification course must be taken.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are SERT courses restricted to Western students?
No! SERT’s first aid courses are available to everyone. You do not need to be enrolled at Western to take a course, they are simply held on the Western campus. We invite members of the London community to take part in a course with us.

When/where is my course being held?
Once you have completed your registration you will receive an email providing you with location information. Generally all SERT courses are held in the basement of the UCC but please refer to your email for the exact room number. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact SERT.

Is there parking available?
Yes, there is complimentary parking available on weekends at Western. We recommend participants park in the Springett lot which is close to the University Community Centre. More information can be found here.

What should I bring to the course?
No matter the course you sign up for, you should bring: food/money, comfortable clothing (some skill practice will involve kneeling on the floor), and a pen.

Is there anything extra I need to bring to a recertification course?
If you are taking a recertification course, you must additionally bring a current Red Cross certification at the same level as the recertification course you are taking. Note, if you already hold a Red Cross recertification, a full course must be completed instead.
For example, if you are taking a Standard First Aid and CPR-C recertification course on August 16, 2013, you must bring a current, Red Cross Standard First Aid and CPR-C certification card with an expiry date of August 16, 2013 or later.

Will my employer accept a first aid course taught by SERT?
SERT is Canadian Red Cross training partner. That means that by taking a course with SERT, you will receive a Canadian Red Cross certification, recognized by the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) as an approved first aid trainer.

Will I need to purchase additional course materials?
All course materials will be provided on the day of certification or recertification course dates. If participants would like to keep a copy of the reading materials used, the Canadian Red Cross First Aid & CPR book can be purchased for an additional $10.

If I choose not to purchase the reading materials, is there any way I can review the information taught in the course?
Yes! All the information that is taught in the course can be found on the free Red Cross App, available for iPhone and Android. It’s a great way to review your first aid knowledge on the go, and it makes this information easily accessible during an emergency. You can also download a pdf of an extended version of the in-class reading materials here .

Does SERT offer group rates?
A minimum of 8 people is required to set up a group rate course. Please note that SERT does not run public courses for Emergency First Aid & CPR-C, CPR-C only, or CPR-C recertifications, these must be set up through a private group contract. If you are interested in setting up a course please contact us at sert-firstaid@uwo.ca with the following information:

  1. Type of certification
  2. Number of participants
  3. Preferred dates and times (check out the course descriptions for times)
  4. A contact name and information


Red Cross Recertification Policy
Red Cross regulations state that:
1. Your certification must still be valid on the date of recertification- no exceptions.
2. Current certification must be from the Red Cross
3. Recertifications can only be taken once, after which time you must register for a full course

SERT Course Cancellation Policy
Course cancellations and transfers can be accommodated when the request is made at least 5 full business days prior to the scheduled start of the course. After that time up until the start of the course, a $35 fee will be levied for course cancellations or transfers. No refund will be given for participants who fail to show up to a course. If you wish to take another course, you must pay the full course price again. In the instance of extenuating circumstances, please contact the Education Coordinator. Blended Learning PINs have a $10 value and are non-refundable once activated by the participant.

We reserve the right to cancel courses due to low enrolment numbers at the discretion of the Education Coordinator.