A question about First Aid and CPR certification
All right poor-skillers, I'm trying to decide if it will benefit me to maintain my CPR class C or to go down to a level B. I'm talking employability and in case I ever actually am in an emergency. Here's my situation: I currently have a certificate for First Aid and CPR Class C, which expires this summer. I had to get it as a requirement for the personal support worker course that I took. I'm working as a PSW now and am waiting to hear back from my boss about the level of first aid I need to keep working as a personal support worker (which is Canada's version of a certified nursing assistant). Now I'm back in school, studying to be a lab tech, and my clinical placement is coming up next year and I need to have first aid and CPR certification by then. My program coordinator says that level B is sufficient for my program. Meanwhile, the guy at the phone at St John's Ambulance encouraged me to get my recert in level B as opposed to C. He said that C was going over and above what I actually need, since C also teaches two-person resuscitation, which he said I'll never need to know unless I'm actually working as a paramedic or a doctor. What do you guys think? I'm really hesitant to go down a level in my CPR certification because: - I think CPR Class C looks better on my resume and will make me more employable should I move within the next three years - If I have Class C certification, and acquire a Medical First Responder First Aid Certificate, that opens up being a first aid instructor as a career opportunity should my lab tech and PSW options fall through (See, with the economy being so shitty and watching everyone around me get laid off from work, I'm very keen on being as employable as possible and always having multiple backup plans should any of my jobs ever lay me off) - If I go down to a level B and want to upgrade to a level C, will I be able to take the less-expensive re-cert course, or do I have to start from scratch again with the longer and more expensive course? And, one last question, while I decide which of these courses I end up spending money on: Realistically, how useful is CPR class C? Was the guy on the phone correct that I really won't need it unless I'm a paramedic? Are there possible emergency situations in which it would benefit me more to have level C as opposed to B?