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A comprehensive 80-hour first aid and CPR skills training for professional emergency medical responders.

Emergency Medical Responder (2 weeks)

Emergency Medical Responder (2 weeks)

A comprehensive 80-hour first aid and CPR skills training for professional emergency medical responders.

As of August 12, 2024, we will be teaching the 3-week Columbia Emergency Medical Responder program that includes the scope update. Click here to register. 

The Canadian Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course offers comprehensive training for professional responders in first aid and CPR. Successful completion of this course results in certification as a Canadian Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder. Here are key details about the course:


  • Pre Hospital Patient Assessment: Participants learn a structured patient assessment model to evaluate and respond to various medical situations effectively.

  • CPR: The course the skills and knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques, a critical skill for medical responders.

  • Hemorrhage Control: Training includes methods to control bleeding in emergency situations.

  • Acute and Chronic Medical Conditions: Participants learn competency  to provide care for a range of acute and chronic medical conditions.

  • Patient Transport: Instruction is provided on safely packaging and transporting patients to a hospital.

  • Hands-On and Simulated Training: The course is delivered through hands-on practice, skills demonstrations, discussions, and simulated scenarios based on real-life situations.


  • Participants must attend and actively participate in 100% of the course.

  • Achieve a minimum score of 75% on the closed-book written knowledge evaluation.

  • Demonstrate proficiency in skills and practical scenarios.


  • Standard First Aid with CPR Level C certification.

  • Mandatory pre-course assignment of at least 20 hours.


  • This certification fulfills the requirements for applying for a Licensed Emergency Medical Responder in British Columbia (BC).

  • The process of obtaining the license is a separate step managed through the Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board (EMALB). It includes submitting an application, taking an online written exam, and passing a practical evaluation.

  • The EMR course is designed to help participants prepare for the EMALB Licensing process. For more information on EMALB licening check out this blog post

  • Our previous students have been very successful with EMALB licensing we have an over 90% pass ratio


  • After becoming a licenced  EMR, participants can apply for and complete a jurisprudence package outlining regulations for First Aid in BC workplaces.

  • Successful completion of this package grants a WorksafeBC OFA 3 certification at no additional cost.

  • OFA 3 certification enables individuals to work as occupational first aid attendants in remote, high-risk workplaces.

The Canadian Red Cross EMR course offers comprehensive training for professional responders, preparing them to handle a wide range of medical emergencies and contribute to workplace safety in British Columbia.

Full Course Length 80 hours View Locations
Recertification 40 hours

Course Details

Emergency Medical Responder Course 

Topics Covered

  • The Professional Responder
  • Responding to the Call
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Assessment
  • Airway Management and Respiratory Emergencies
  • Circulatory Emergencies
  • Shock
  • Hemorrhage and Soft Tissue Trauma
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Chest, Abdominal, and Pelvic Injuries
  • Head and Spinal Injuries
  • Acute and Chronic Illnesses
  • Poisoning
  • Environmental Illnesses
  • Pregnancy, Labour, and Delivery
  • Special Populations
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Reaching, Lifting, and Extricating Patients
  • Transportation
  • Multiple-Casualty Incidents
  • Pharmacology
  • Marine Environment
  • Workplace


How hard is it to pass Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Course

EMR certification is challenging! Most, but not all of our participants succeed in becoming certified. To succeed in an EMR course you must pass a written exam, as well as 2 practical exams. The practical exams are usually the most challenging. You will need to successfully treat patients up to the EMR Standard of Care in one simulated trauma scenario, and one simulated medical scenario. In order to build up the skills and confidence to pass the EMR scope of practice, most participants will need to dedicate plenty of time beforehand to complete the pre-course assignment, and be fully committed to staying physically and mentally present in the classroom during all lesson and practice time. If you aren’t sure if EMR certification is right for you, please give us a call and we’ll be happy to discuss your specific concerns.

How much pre-course work will I have to do for the EMR course

It depends on how much you want to get out of the EMR course - the more you put in, the more you take out - but expect to spend a minimum of 10 hours and up to 24 hours to complete the EMR workbook assignment. We will provide guidance as to which chapters are best to focus on if you don’t have the time to complete the entire workbook.

What work opportunities are there for an Emergency Medical Responder in BC?

The Emergency Medical Responder course is a good start to a career in Paramedicine. EMR Graduates of the Red Cross EMR certificate will help qualify you to do some types of work in BC such as working with Ski Patrol, some private ambulance services, sports medicine and event medicine. EMR supersedes First Responder (FR) a requirement for most Fire Departments. If you choose to go through the EMALB licensing process then this will open up tremendous opportunities, where you can work on ambulance with BC Ambulance, become an Occupational First Aid Attendant for remote industrial work sites.


Canadian Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder certificates are now virtual! You will receive a temporary EMR certificate at the end of your course, and a permanent EMR certificate will be emailed to you after you've successfully completed the course. You will be able to view your manual and certification online at any time through your MyRedCross account. Certification is valid for 3 years.


Training Schedules & Locations
There are no recertification classes at this time. Please check back.


First Aid Course Materials for Emergency Medical Responder (2 weeks)

The Emergency Medical Responder course includes the following materials:

  • Canadian Red Cross Emergency Care for Professional Responders Reference Text (virtual)
  • Canadian Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder Workbook (virtual)

A hard copy of the Canadian Red Cross Emergency Care for Professional Responders Reference Text is available to purchase for an additional $178.57 + tax.

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Who should take this course?

  • Paramedics looking for work with BC Ambulance
  • Employment with Fire Departments
  • Those working in prehospital care
  • Applying as EMR in Private ambulance service
  • industrial first aid attendants
  • Workplace First Responders
  • rescue teams
  • ski patrol

Looking for a group class?

If you have a group of people and would like us to come to you to teach a
Emergency Medical Responder (2 weeks) course, we offer this course in the following locations:

Victoria | Langford | Esquimalt | Sooke | Cobble Hill | Mill Bay | Duncan | Lake Cowichan | Cedar | Ladysmith | Nanaimo | Parksville | Qualicum Beach | Port Alberni | Coombs | Parksville | Campbell River | Saltspring Island | Pender Island | Powell River | Gabriola Isand | Burnaby | Coquitlam | Delta | Langley | Maple Ridge | New Westminster | North Vancouver | Pitt Meadows | Port Moody | Richmond | Surrey | Vancouver | West Vancouver | White Rock | Langley |

Give us a call at 1.866.282.5378, or send us an email at to arrange a group course.

"It was a great course! I will definitely come back for the Wilderness Remote First-Aid class."

Simon Widmann Emergency Childcare First-Aid, Victoria, B.C. More Testimonials

Excellent instructor, enthusiastic, really wanted us to learn & understand the content. Thank you.

Lisa Rintoul Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Chris was great - dynamic, fun, professional - great teacher! Answered questions well and made sure everyone was content before continuing to other subject matter.

Carli Griffin Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Mike was a very good instructor. He displayed enthusiasm which made the course more lively and interesting. He also provided helpful feedback during exercises.

Emilie Longtin Emergency First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

"The instructions were provided very clearly with enough humour and activities to keep my full attention for a long day of learning. Very well done would definitely do it again."

Evan SMith Emergency First-Aid and CPR-C, Victoria, B.C. More Testimonials

Best first aid instructor I've had in 20 years of courses!

Mike Kennedy Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

I thought the instructor was one of the best I have ever had. He continued a good pace, was humorous at times and explained the material in a clear manner. Thank-you Mike. It was fun. 

Linda M. Occupational First Aid Level 1, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Nathan was super awesome and made the somewhat tedious information as fun as possible. Very clear and helpful.

Kaitlin Morgan Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

So happy I took this course. I would recommend it to others.

Amy Waines Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

I liked the scenarios and I learned a lot. Chris was excellent!!

Amanda Evans Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials
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