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For instructor candidates who want to teach the core Red Cross First Aid & CPR Program.

First Aid & CPR Instructor

First Aid & CPR Instructor

For instructor candidates who want to teach the core Red Cross First Aid & CPR Program.

The Canadian Red Cross First Aid & CPR Instructor course focuses on the specific skills of the core Red Cross First Aid Program, and instructor candidates will learn to teach Emergency First Aid, Standard First Aid, Marine Basic First Aid, Emergency Child Care First Aid, Standard Child Care First Aid and CPR courses.

This is the full First Aid & CPR Instructor course, and includes Steps 1, 2 & 3 as outlined below. You will still need to complete a Teaching Experience before becoming fully certified.

INSTRUCTOR PATHWAY

Step 1: Evaluate skills and check prerequisites

Instructor candidates must be 18 years or older, have a valid Standard First Aid participant certificate, have successfully completed a First Aid & CPR Instructor skills evaluation with a Teaching Experience Supervisor or Instructor Trainer. If you do not have a Skills Evaluation Form to submit to your Instructor Trainer, you will also have to register for the First Aid & CPR Skills Evaluation.

Step 2: Fundamentals of Instruction

The next step in the instructor pathway is the Fundamentals of Instruction course, which consists of an 8-hour online module followed by a 2-day in-class module. Transfer Option 2:  If you are currently a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, you may skip the in-class portion of this course - please check out the Instructor Transfer Option 2. 

Step 3: First Aid & CPR Discipline-Specific

The First Aid & CPR Discipline-Specific module consists of two days in class and microteach assignments that you'll receive ahead of time. Transfer Option 1: If you are already a Red Cross Instructor in another discipline (Wilderness or Professional Responder), you may skip this step - please check out the Instructor Transfer Option 1.

Step 4: Teaching Experience

The last step in the certification process is to complete a Teaching Experience online module (30-45 min) and a classroom component with the support of a Teaching Experience Supervisor.

Step 5: Certification

Once certified as an instructor, you will need to work with a Red Cross Training Agency to process participant certifications.

Full Course Length 8 hours online, 40 hours in class View Locations

Course Details

Topics Covered

The First Aid & CPR Instructor course includes:

  • Understanding the Learner
  • My Teaching Toolkit
  • Bringing a Course to Life
  • Standards vs. Practice
  • Pre-Course Instructional Tasks
  • Teaching Lessons
  • Communication, Adaptation & Conflict
  • Reflection

FAQs

How do I become a First Aid trainer?

All you need to get started is to have Red Cross certification in first aid at the level you want to teach! The pathway to becoming a Red Cross First Aid Instructor is a flexible one that takes into account existing qualifications and previous experience if you have it. The instructor training process has several components (both online and classroom based, for a total of about 40 hours) and finally you must successfully teach a course with another experienced instructor. Alert First Aid is a designated Red Cross Instructor Development Centre. We offer Instructor Training for First Aid, Wilderness First Aid and Professional Responder Candidates. Please give our office a call if you are interested in becoming an instructor, and we will help you navigate the Instructor Training process, and perhaps bypass some components of the process if you have any applicable qualifications.

How much does it cost to become a CPR instructor?

The cost of our Canadian Red Cross First Aid and CPR Instructor course is $900, tax included. You can also arrange to do your final teaching experience with one of our CPR Instructors for an additional charge or you can arrange this on your own. Also if you currently teach Canadian Red Cross Water Safety courses or CPR for another agency then you may be eligible to bypass some parts of the process, and reduce the cost of your Instructor Course. Please give our office a call if you have any questions about any part of the instructor training process.

Certification

An electronic certification will be issued upon completion. Certified instructors can teach Emergency First Aid, Standard First Aid, Marine Basic First Aid, Emergency Child Care First Aid, Standard Child Care First Aid and CPR courses. Certification is valid for 3 years.

Training Schedules & Locations
VictoriaVictoria (A-920 Johnson Street)

Materials

First Aid Course Materials for First Aid & CPR Instructor

The First Aid & CPR Discipline-Specific course includes the following materials:

  • First Aid & CPR Instructor Manual (hard copy)

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Who should take this course?

  • Red Cross First Aid & CPR Instructor Candidates who have already completed the Fundamentals of Instruction course

Looking for a group class?

If you have a group of people and would like us to come to you to teach a
First Aid & CPR Instructor 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 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

I enjoyed the course and the instructor made it fun. I will take my next recert with Alert First Aid!

Christine CPR C, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Thank you for teaching in a humorous fun way it made the long day enjoyable. 

Byron Knight Emergency First-Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Very engaging first aid course, best I've had. Nathan is an excellent teacher and is very knowledgeable.

Brett Taylor Occupational First Aid Level 1, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

"I really enjoyed this class and will use this information and training to help myself, my family, friends and others."

Doug Clements Emergency First-Aid and CPR-C, Victoria, B.C. More Testimonials

"With the addition of the instructors humour, the course was both fun and effective! The group scenarios where no one was alone in dealing with a scenario was great. Little to no anxiety in participating. :)"

Kaitlin Erb Standard First-Aid and CPR-C, Victoria, B.C. More Testimonials

Great course. Very fun learning environment. Learned a lot in little time.

John Barry Standard First Aid, Nanaimo, BC More Testimonials

Best instructor I've had. Makes you feel really comfortable in the room, especially during scenarios. Light humor which makes it fun.

Alannah Ash CPR, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Awesome course. Covers a great amount. Charismatic & interesting instructors.

Jessica Noble Emergency First-Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Very energetic, entertaining instructor. I appreciated the clear explanations and demos - engaged the group very well. Probably the most enjoyable recert I've done...and I've done many!

Elizabeth Skanes CPR HCP, Nanaimo, BC More Testimonials
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