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

Emergency Medical Responder

Emergency Medical Responder

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

The Canadian Red Cross EMR (Emergency Medical Responder) course teaches comprehensive first aid and CPR skills for professional responders. Successful participants in this course will become proficient with a comprehensive patient assessment model, and with critical interventions such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, hemorrhage control. Participants will also learn to identify and care for a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions, as well as package and transport patients to hospital. Participants will be engaged in dynamic learning environment that will be focused primarily on hands-on practice. Students will participate in skills demonstrations, practice sessions, discussions, performing in simulated scenarios based on real-life situations, as well as both written and practical testing.

There are no prerequisites to enroll in this course, however there is a mandatory pre-course assignment that will require apporoximately 20 hours to complete and be very inportant in making the classroom portion of the course as effective as possible.

In order to be successfully certified, participants must successfully perform skills, complete practical scenarios, attend and participate in 100% of the course, and achieve a minimum of 75% on the closed-book written knowledge evaluation.

This is a Canadian Red Cross EMR course. Successful completion will result in certification as a CRC Emergency Medical Responder.


About EMA Licensing:

This certification qualifies to meet the prerequisite to apply to become a Licensed Emergency Medical Responder in British Columbia, however becoming licensed is a separate process which must be completed through the EMALB (Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board).  This will require a separate application, an additional online written exam and a separate practical evaluation.  If you wish to become a licensed EMR, this program is designed to prepare and support you through the EMALB Licensing process. You can learn more about the EMA Licensing process here.


About Occupational First Aid (Worksafe BC OFA 3):

Once you have completed the process to become a licensed EMR, you may fill out a simple application and complete a jurisprudence package which explains the rules around First Aid in BC Workplaces and then be awarded a Worksaf BC OFA 3 certication. This will allow you to work as an occupational first aid attendant in remote, high risk workplaces, and is offered free of charge to those who successfully complete our EMR program and become licensed.

Full Course Length 80 hours View Locations
Recertification 40 hours

Course Details

Topics Covered

EMR includes:

  • 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


Canadian Red Cross certificates are now virtual! You will receive a temporary certificate at the end of your course, and a permanent virtual 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
VictoriaVictoria (A-920 Johnson Street)


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


First Aid Course Materials for Emergency Medical Responder

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)

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Who should take this course?

  • entry into BC Ambulance Sevice/BCEHS
  • patient transfer services
  • Fire service Professionals
  • industrial first aid attendants
  • 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 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.

"I was pleased that CPR procedures are so much simpler than in the past. I feel equipped to handle an emergency now, because most of it just reinforces common sense. Although, it is crucial to know that what you're doing is the best thing for someone who needs help."

Kathleen Monaghan Standard First-Aid and CPR-C, Victoria, B.C. More Testimonials

Really great. Jason made the course fun & entertaining and some good acronyms to keep for memory!

Charlene Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Great course and great instructor. After this course, I feel confident in continuing with my co-teach and becoming an effective instructor. Thank you for an excellent course!

Kaitlyn Patterson First Aid Instructor Course, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

I learned more than I thought I would. The scenarios were fun to do and helped me learn. I would recommend this course to others.

Alpha Vicente Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

"It was a lot of information to take in; however, it was presentred in a very manageable and understandable way."

Jessica Rasmussen Emergency First-Aid and CPR-C, Victoria, B.C. More Testimonials

Andrew was awesome!! Made the course exciting and interesting, which helped me retain the information better. By far the best first aid instructor I’ve had!!

Arianna Wood HCP Standard First Aid, Victoria BC More Testimonials

Great instructor! Jordan's humour made the course enjoyable! Loved the scenarios!!

Kristi Bryant Emergency First-Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

The best first aid instructor I have ever experienced! He provided an inspiring, practical and intelligent course. I would recommend the course to anyone interested.

Claire MacDonald Standard First Aid, Nanaimo, BC More Testimonials

It was an excellent course. Very hands-on and engaging. The instructor was energetic, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I learned a lot today, and even though it was 8 hours it flew by.

Rob Ohly Standard First Aid, Nanaimo, BC More Testimonials

This is one of the first times I've left the class feeling completely confident with what I learned

Tina Halasz CPR, Victoria, BC More Testimonials
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