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We kindly ask anyone (participants and instructors) with symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and painful swallowing to stay home and not attend the training session. Instead, please complete the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool, follow the recommendations given, and rebook your course for a later date. COVID-19 Self-Assessment

During your course, wearing a mask that securely covers the nose, mouth, and chin is mandatory. You may bring your own, or one will be provided when you arrive. Thank you for keeping us and your classmates safe.

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Professional Responder Instructor (BLS, FR, EMR)

Professional Responder Instructor (BLS, FR, EMR)

For instructor candidates who want to teach the Red Cross Professional Responder Program and who have already taken Fundamentals of Instruction.

The Canadian Red Cross Professional Responder Instructor discipline-specific classroom component focuses on the specific skills of the Red Cross Professional Responder Program. Instructor certification corresponds to the courses the Instructor wishes to teach. Potential certifications include: Basic Life Support Instructor (BLSI) - certified to teach Basic Life Support, Airway Management, and Oxygen Therapy, First Responder Instructor (FRI) - certified to teach Basic Life Support, Airway Management, Oxygen Therapy, Marine Advanced First Aid, and First Responder, and Emergency Medical Responder Instructor (EMRI) -certified to teach Basic Life Support, Airway Management, Oxygen Therapy, First Responder, Emergency Medical Responder, Advanced First Aid, and Marine Advanced First Aid.

Instructor candidates must be 18 years or older, have a valid Canadian Red Cross participant level certification in the highest level you wish to teach (BLS + AM + OT, FR, or EMR), have successfully completed a skills evaluation with a Teaching Experience Supervisor or Instructor Trainer for that same level of skills, and have completed the Fundamentals of Instruction course (or are a current Red Cross First Aid & CPR or Wilderness & Remote First Aid Instructor).

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

Full Course Length 40 hours Register Now
Recertification 14 hours

Course Details

Topics Covered

The Professional Responder 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


An electronic certification will be issued upon completion of this course, the online Teaching Experience module and the classroom Teaching Experience. Potential certifications include: BLSI (certified to teach BLS, AM, OT), FRI (certified to teach BLS, AM, OT, MAFA, FR), and EMRI (certified to teach BLS, AM, OT, FR, EMR, AFA, MAFA). Certification is valid for 3 years.

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


Instructors with a current Professional Responder Instructor certification who have taught a minimum of 3 courses in the certification cycle and who have taken the Instructor Recertification Hub may recertify their BLSI, FRI, or EMRI certification through a short recertification course. This course does not recertify First Aid & CPR Instructor certification, just your Professional Responder Instructor certificate.

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


Emergency First Aid & CPR Manual

The Professional Responder Discipline-Specific course includes the following materials:

  • Professional Responder Instructor Manual (hard copy)

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Who should take this course?

  • Red Cross Professional Responder 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
Professional Responder Instructor (BLS, FR, EMR) 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 lot more fun & interactive than I assumed. It was a good weekend.

Jessica Vos Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Thank you Jaimie. Your years of experience and your professionalism and character made this course an excellent starting point for the next stage of my life and career.

Grant Mottershead First Aid Instructor Course, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Best first aid course I've taken in 20 years - and I've taken about 7 or 8 of them!

Audrey Sohier Emergency Childcare First Aid, Nanaimo, BC More Testimonials

This was easily the best first aid course that I have ever taken. The practical experience will certainly be easy to remember. Gary is a stellar instructor and has a true gift in teaching and dealing with people.

Ron MacDonald Marine Basic First Aid, Nanaimo, BC More Testimonials

It is great to have an instructor who has actually worked with kids in a child care setting! Very knowledgeable and fun.

Maria Ward Emergency Childcare First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

"Great supportive environment geared toward progressive learning with consistent constructive feedback. A great week and experience. Thank you!"

Sean Davids First-Aid Instructor Course, Victoria, B.C. 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 have always done St. John Ambulance first aid training. This course was taught differently but was more effective due to more hands on training. I will definitely return to Alert First Aid for my re-certification. Thank you!!

Rene Cyr Standard First Aid, Nanaimo, BC More Testimonials

"Totally enjoyed the recert course. I always come to Alert First-Aid despite living in Duncan. I'd love for more courses to be offered in the Cowichan Valley."

Rozalee Daniels Standard First-Aid Recertification, Victoria, B.C. More Testimonials

Loved how hands on the course was. Really helped learn the material. Extra tidbits for us health care workers was appreciated. Thanks Gary! Will come back to Alert First Aid! 

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