Blended online First Aid and CPR certification course approved by Alberta OHS


January 30, 2019 min. read

When seconds can mean the difference between life and death, we often rely on the expert care of first responders. But what if they don’t arrive fast enough? Now you can learn how to save a life, from anywhere, at any time with SJA’s new online first aid courses, powered by Yardstick Training’s innovative training technology.


January 31, 2019
For immediate release

Blended online First Aid and CPR certification course approved by Alberta OHS.

Each day thousands of Canadians go to work, schools, daycares, and public parks. Yet, when disaster strikes, many Canadians might not have the skills to perform lifesaving CPR or first aid. Yardstick Software Inc. has partnered with St. John Ambulance – Alberta Council to close this knowledge gap through a blended online certification program for Standard First Aid with CPR. Scheduled to launch on February 1, 2019, this course will reduce barriers to earning a First Aid certification in Alberta, such as travel costs and time, making it easier than ever to learn how to save a life.

The partnership team released an awareness level series of First Aid and CPR courses in February of last year. Closely based on the in-class curriculum, these online courses were priced affordably and offered on Yardstick Training’s easy-to-navigate online learning platform, providing all Albertans with the opportunity to learn how to save a life from the comfort of their homes. Megan Doyle, AVP, eLearning innovation has worked closely with the subject matter experts at St. John Ambulance for almost two years to bring this lifesaving training to life. Her team has ensured that courses are immersive and competency-based, infused with “best practices in eLearning technology and instructional design – such as illustrations, videos, simulations, and built-in assessments – so that learners are confident in their skills and ready to draw on them in an emergency situation.”



The awareness courses have laid the foundation for the certification track program, which has just received official approval by Alberta Occupational Health and Safety for workplace First Aid training. Students can complete the online course at their own pace, then register for a one-day in-class assessment to validate their skills, delivered at any one of St. John Ambulance’s seven Training & Community Service centres across Alberta. The blended certification track will save learners at least a full day of class time.

Beverly Lafortune, vice president of training & community services of St. John Ambulance – Alberta Council, could not agree more “[t]oday, marks a seismic shift in the way SJA will deliver first aid training and this technology increases the opportunity for anyone to learn how to save a life.”

To learn more and browse both online awareness and certification-track First Aid and CPR training, visit

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About Yardstick Software Inc.

Yardstick Training is a division of Yardstick Software Inc. As one of Canada’s leaders in online learning, the company draws on the latest developments in computer and web technology to deliver rigorous and creative online testing, training, and research. Our experts partner with subject matter experts, employers, and industry regulators to inform, train, certify, and verify today’s workforce.


About St. John Ambulance

St. John Ambulance is an international humanitarian organization and is a foundation of the Order of St. John. As Canada’s standard for excellence in First Aid and CPR services, St. John Ambulance offers innovative programs, ensuring Canadians receive the best quality training. Revenue generated from First Aid/CPR training supports St. John Ambulance’s charitable work in the community.


For more information, please contact:

Meaghan Trewin,
Communications Manager
Yardstick Software Inc.
[email protected]


Kim Laing,
Vice-President, Public Relations & Business Development
St. John Ambulance, Alberta Council
[email protected]
780-452-6565, ext 8225
Toll-free 1-800-665-7114, option B, then ext 8225