Programs & Services: Certification Courses

First Aid - Standard (Red Cross)

Spring 2023 course registration now open. Please read registration instructions below thoroughly, online registration is NOT available.  Schedule available for viewing only here. (new course added on June 8/9 to original schedule)

All courses to be held in WB113, DBAC. Fees: McMaster Students & DBAC Members: $99 Non-Members: $145    FT Staff/Faculty: $0   (please review criteria below under Staff & Faculty for $0 eligibility)

To see more details and how many spots are left in a course before sending in your form, (see instructions below)  please check the semester you are looking for in the side column at

Standard First Aid: This is a 2 day comprehensive course that provides training for dealing with life-threatening situations. Topics covered include all the material in Emergency First Aid (choking treatment, CPR, severe bleeding, shock, etc.) plus poisoning, bone and joint injuries, hypothermia, moving a first aid casualty, and medical conditions such as diabetic crisis, convulsions, heart attack and stroke. CPR "C" and AED certification included. Certification is in effect for 3 years. A First Aid Recertification course can then be taken before expiry, again effective for 3 years. Following the recertification, the Full Standard First Aid course must be taken to remain certified.

STAFF & FACULTY: Please scroll down and read important information in Tab below for registration requirements.

Note: Online registration is not available for this course. Register at the Recreation Business office at the Joan Buddle Service Desk in DBAC  (pay with debit, cash, cheque or credit card)  or Print Registration Form and email to If using the form payment is by Visa, MC or Amex ONLY, ,   

Please note that no refunds, only credits on accounts will be issued for cancellations less than 1 business day prior to the course, and no-shows will be charged. For registered employees, department account numbers will be charged for no-shows and cancellations less than 1 business day prior to course.

Please contact Heidi O'Brien at if you have any questions.

  • Spring Registration opens March 6
  • Fall Registration opens August 1
  • Winter Registration opens December 1




For more information contact the Registration Office: 905-525-9140 x24464

First Aid - Standard (Red Cross)

Activities include: First Aid


Information for Staff and Faculty

STAFF/FACULTY:Please first verify with your Human Resources advisor if you are eligible for free training, this is not something Athletics and Recreation can determine for you as the cost is covered by HR, not Athletics and Recreation..(Generally speaking all full time Staff and Faculty are eligible.)  Employee number, department Chartfield account number,(Fund Code- Account- Department- Program Code) and contact information MUST be included on registration form if you are registering at $0. Departments will only be charged in the case of a 'no-show' or for cancellations less than 1 business day prior to course. (or if a registrant is deemed not eligible for free training by McMaster HR.)

What to Wear

Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for performing the skills required for CPR. (kneeling on mats on floor)