Just a quick update for those that were unsure what the status of Ottawa Valley First Aid courses are. We are indeed back and running courses in and around the Ottawa Valley! With direction from the Red Cross we have been asked to primarily offer Blended Learning Courses. This means you do 3 to 7 hours on online training (when it suits your schedule) and then attend a one day in class skills day. We’ve have now had many successful courses with this format. We are also increasing sanitization protocols, running courses with less people to ensure social distancing can be maintained and modifiying activities performed.
For those that required a Recertification during the lock down please see the release from the Red Cross Below:
In July, we shared our position allowing those who hold participant-level First Aid certification with an expiry date after March 1, 2020, to attend a recertification course.
We have re-evaluated our position to accommodate the ongoing COVID-19 situation and the impact on in-person training. Participant-level certificate holders with certifications that expire between March 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020, can attend a recertification course but they need to complete their recertification by January 31, 2021. This extended window will allow those with expired certifications the opportunity to recertify as facilities reopen and training resumes.
If you have any concerns or questions please let us know,
Dan and Jo-anne
Ottawa Valley First Aid