Blended Learning vs First Aid Interim Certificate.

First Aid Care | Blended Learning

Blended Learning is taught by First Aid Care’s Blended Learning Instructors. All our Instructors are Canadian Red Cross Certified.

What is the Difference, you might ask, between Blended Learning and the First Aid Interim Certificate?

The term Blended Learning implies bringing items together to form one. In the case of First Aid Care, it allows registered participants to do the Standard First Aid Level C course, or the standalone CPR level C course in their own time — well, at least the theory part. Once participants have successfully complete all the online modules, a preliminary certificate (PC) is issued. This PC is then brought along to an in-class session where the skills taught in theory will be put to practice.

What skills are exactly practiced when participants come in to do the practical session?

  1. There’s the recommended way to remove gloves that would prevent contamination during and after rending first aid,
  2. The practical way to perform the Recovery Position for individuals who are unresponsive or unconscious and reduce and reduce back injury,
  3. Assisting someone choking,
  4. How to perform CPR Level C which implies infants, children and adults,
  5. Some basic wound care strategies for treating bruises, scrapes, abrasions and cuts,
  6. Treating superficial, partial thickness and full thickness burns,
  7. Immobilizing someone who sustained a crush injury,
  8. How to handle amputations and the importance around keeping the digit(s) cool vs cold,
  9. How to Immobilize an impaled object and why it is crucial not to remove the object especially when the thoracic or chest region of the person is compromised,
  10. How to treat punctured wounds — mild soap and water vs disinfectants — and why transporting to hospital be the best thing for deep animal bites,
  11. The causes of nosebleeds is taught in the theory part and how to assist the person to hopefully stop the nosebleed in practice,
  12. How to preserve a knocked out tooth and importance of handling the knocked-out tooth and not over-cleaning the tooth and why tissue on the root is essential,
  13. Eye injuries — whether caused by foreign objects like sand or glass or something way more serious like an impaled eye — are more common than you think. So helping someone with one is an essential aspect of First Aid Care training,
  14. Ear Injuries in children and how to remove the object — if you can reach it,
  15. There are some serious chest injuries like a stabbing or a shooting that someone in the wrong place and time could sustain. The Canadian Red Cross plans in this instance to demonstrate the new way — vs the up to 2017 methodology — on how to effectively treat this type of would,
  16. On the subject of Blunt Chest Injuries, First Aid Care will show the best way to treat the injury.

But what is the real difference?

Blended Learning
Blended Learning Vs. First Aid Care

Remember we mentioned that once all the online modules are completed, an PC is issued and then brought along so that Blended Learning Instructor will see the PC? Well, in First Aid Interim Certificate (FAIC), this PC isn’t issued, but a FAIC one is. The FAIC is recognised by WSIB as proof that the participant has demonstrated due diligence in that he or she — or they — plan to come back once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted to do the practical sessions.

Blended Learning in a Nutshell

The Blended Learning initial component — though exact in format as the First Aid Interim Certificate — cannot be used on resumes or job seeking as it is essential incomplete.

The FAIC can be used on resumes when applying for work or to be admitted into a School as is shows intent to complete.


Once restrictions are lifted, feel free to visit First Aid Care at our Scarborough, Etobicoke or Toronto learning Centres to get fully certified. Or, call us for more information on 1-866-460-5999.

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