RMTs whose SFA/CPR-C certificates have expired – or are about to expire – are finding that available courses for recertification with the national certifying organizations named in CMTBC’s Bylaws have filled up quickly as COVID-19 restrictions are eased. In-person first aid training was suspended earlier and has resumed in controlled environments, including smaller groups in larger spaces. As a result, opportunities to certify (and recertify) may be limited for the foreseeable future.
The College is aware that Lifesaving Society and Canadian Red Cross have both provided extensions to certification expiry dates. RMTs are advised to contact the organization with whom they hold their current SFA/CPR-C certificate, to confirm the effective expiry date after an extension has been applied to the published expiry date on the certificate.
In some cases, RMTs may have difficulty completing recertification in time. Providing proof of current certification in SFA/CPR-C is a requirement for practising registration and for registration renewal. RMTs are encouraged to explore options for completion of SFA/CPR-C renewal on time. CMTBC is aware of the challenges and will continue to work with registrants who struggle to complete their certification due to COVID-19 restrictions.