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We receive many inquiries regarding our claim to provide accredited First Aid, CPR and AED training courses in Pakistan. Also number of persons and company representatives ask us about our course price and their first comment is why it is so high (we think it is not so high) as compare to courses offered by other training providers. We answered such questions in FAQs and now have decided to post it here so we can refer them to this post.
1:- At first let me tell you that majority of training providers are issuing their (local) certificates to successful participants and those certificates are not considered to fulfill the local legal requirements as such certifications should be accredited and I haven’t found any organization in Pakistan especially talking about first aid certifications.
Also do remember that having MBBS degree isn’t a criteria to issue first aid certificates as they are not authorized to do so. Only qualified instructors (for First Aid, CPR or AED) can do this and there should be certificate to validate his/her accreditation record for such authority.
Our instructor’s certificates are also valid for two years and we also have to go for re-certification which costs us heavily (as we have to travel abroad to get it). We don’t compromise on quality and internationally acceptability of certificates and this does not cost us high in longer run neither to you.
2:- In our accredited courses we do enroll only 12 participants (with one instructor) or 20 (one instructor and one assistant instructor) in one session. Can you tell us any other organization who does this? This is why our cost is high as compared to others but it is not too high.
3:- We charge =10,000/- PKR (as of 29 Oct, 2011 but also gives individual and group discounts) for one day accredited training course. Other training providers does charge (ranging from) 7000 to 14000 PKR and they issue local certificates not an accredited certificate. The certificate we issue is valid for two years. And some of the training providers issue certificates valid for one-year (some gives two-year validity) as well so your cost can be doubled as well. Do you still think that we charge you extra?
4:- Our certificate is internationally acceptable as our course content is based on the internationally recognized First Aid and ECC guidelines. It is not the case with other training providers in Pakistan. We have to get the updated guidelines at cost. This is why we charge you little extra and in reply gives you internationally acknowledged certificate. Don’t you think we have the right to do this?
5:- The difference between the quality and quantity of course notes. If you have done other first aid courses then you surely have notes book provided by them. I request you to download the sample course book posted in left frame of our website or click below link.
Once you download it; see page by page and feel the difference (quality of notes). There are 65 pages in total to transform knowledge. We have imported these books from USA and have paid freight and taxes in USA and Pakistan to bring them here to educate our participants. Do you support us for charging little extra or still thinks it is too high?
6:- Another difference is between the quantity of manikins supplied for training purposes. How many of training manikins you had when got first aid trainings? We provide 3 (only two are required) training manikins for class of 12 participants. Two of them are adult manikins and one is infant to practice CPR on all. So, 4 participants on one manikin as compared to 20 or 30 participants on 1 manikin (some training providers may have more than one manikins but I don’t know about them). Can you educate us if you have observed better facilities then this in any other first aid course?
7:- The difference of associated training supplies. We also prefer that participants should use training supplies to learn the basic of emergency management and for this we do supply enough quantity of supplies like gloves, bandages, etc to gain the confidence and to enhance the skill retention. We do our best to maintain participants safety and have decontamination policy is place for this safety. Can you tell us any other training provider who thinks this way and have put in place procedures to avoid decontamination during trainings? Do we still have to justify why we have rates higher than other training providers?
8:- Significant classroom time for hands-on practice is another considerable difference. This course is normally finishes in 7 to 8 hours but when we have training hall booked for 12 hours we give 8 to 9 hours to attain 100% success rate.
9:- Please note that we can give course books to all enrolled participants but the successful completion of course certificate will be issued to successful participants only and not to all. And we have not faced yet a situation where we had to revoke certificate of any participants but to maintain our instructor’s and training center status we have to draw a line and we do observe it strictly.
10:- Generally, when training is conducted participants interact with instructor and then what happens after the completion of course? Nothing, participants take their certificates and training providers concentrate on new course booking. But in First Aid to Save a Life Pakistan, we do maintain contact with our students and continuously provide them updates in first aid and cpr techniques and other subjects to keep them updated so they don’t have to face a situation where they say that i forgot or don’t know about update. The updates will be delivered directly into their email account for 2-years time, the time of the validity of certification without additional cost. Can you name any training provider who does this? So can we charge little bit extra to maintain our this service?
11:- We also have authority to nominate first aiders who have administered first aid to save someones life to get recognition from the Samaritan authority of USA. I am sure nobody is doing this in Pakistan. Unfortunately I can’t name any Pakistani organization because no organization in Pakistan gives awards to first aiders.
12:- Despite the big differences stated above we also provide wallet card to quick reference or revision as the book is not pocket size.
13:- Please visit our policies page for your complete information. You might have not seen this before from any other training provider? We are here after a deep thought and doing our best to give you benefits and recognition to your certification not only in Pakistan but internationally.
14:- Our open courses are organized in hotels of good repute, quality of their service, facilities, meals and are easily approachable. So we take something from your and give it back to you in different way/style.
I am sure you will find above information helpful to decide and understand the difference between First Aid to Save a Life Pakistan and other training providers.
To Your Success, Comfort & Benefit,
Faisal Javed Mir & First Aid to Save a Life Pakistan