Readers who’ve been following our blog know by now more or less everything there is to know about CPR. We have talked long and in some detail about what CPR is, when it’s needed and the importance of knowing the life saving technique.


In this article we’d like to tell our readers about the CPR training itself and what to expect from one of the many CPR courses in Toronto or the GTA.


CPR courses vary by level and other specifics. There are CPR and first aid classes by age, with different approaches for adults, children and infants. There are first aid classes focusing on specific types of dangers, such as fire injuries or drowning. CPR training and CPR certification renewal will also accentuate different things and have somewhat different content and duration as a result.


Most CPR courses will, however, have a common structure.


General Toronto CPR Course Structure

During the course, which will usually take between one and two days, you will be introduced to key points of the CPR technique and the principles of its application. The course, despite a seemingly short time span, is usually comprehensive and focused, making it fully sufficient to prepare you for administering CPR in a time of need.


It begins with the theoretical part where you are given information. It is followed by a demonstration phase during which you’ll observe a trained medical instructor administer CPR to a mannequin or test subject.


The students will be given review materials that you will collect upon arrival. Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and have a pen or pencil just in case. Arriving a few minutes early is also recommended.


Once you’re seated, the instructor will give an introduction to the topic, covering the purpose of CPR, its importance, and situations when it should be given to a victim. The manual will be reviewed and step-by-step cardiovascular resuscitation instructions followed and explained.


You will be taught about the exact number of breaths and chest compressions a minute need to be given, how to check if it’s working, as well as the use of an AED (automatic external defibrillator) covered in general terms.


Demonstration and Application

Once the review phase has been concluded, trainees watch a series of video materials or a physical demonstration of the rescue process.


Finally, the students are asked to practice what they’d learned in the Toronto CPR course on a mannequin. This will allow the instructor to ascertain the information has been internalized and the person can be certified as CPR trained.


If you’d like to know more about Toronto CPR courses or CPR certification renewal, give us a call and we’ll direct you to the best available option in your area.