We are postponing all in-person courses until further notice due to COVID-19. We want to do our part to help slow the spread of this virus, and are unable to carry on in-person first aid or Foodsafe courses while maintaining social distancing. We are looking into alternative delivery methods, and will resume courses as soon as it is safe to do so.

With the healthcare workers putting their lives at risk and the shortage that is sure to come, our incoming masks will now be reserved for health organizations that need them. We are reaching out and working alongside them to ensure they have the protection they need. If this is you, you can see what we have available here – let us know how we can help.

First-aid course

Try our fun, hands on realistic first-aid training in a no pressure learning environment

Professional Responder Instructor (BLS, FR, EMR)

This Canadian Red Cross Professional Responder course is designed for candidates who wish to deliver Canadian Red Cross Professional Responder courses, including Basic Life Support (BLS), First Responder (FR), Advanced First Aid (AFA), Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Oxygen Therapy (OT), Marine Advanced First Aid (MAFA), Airway Management (AM).

The course will focus on instructional techniques, including designing and supporting scenarios, organizing courses, and how to support dynamic, learner-centred classroom environments. 

Instructor Transfer Options

If you are already a certified Canadian Red Cross Instructor (First Aid & CPR, Wilderness, Professional Responder), you qualify for the shorter Transfer course. 

Instructor Training Pathway

Below is the pathway to become a certified Professional Responder Instructor. You must successfully complete each step before advancing to the next step. Certification is valid for 3 years.

1. Evaluate Skills and Check Prerequisites

To take this course, you must be 18 years or older, and have a valid participant certificate for the program you wish to teach (Basic Life Support, First Responder or Emergency Medical Responder). On Day 1 of the course, you will complete a skills evaluation. 

If you just need the Skills Evaluation, please click here.

2. Fundamentals of Instruction

Prior to the start of the course, an online 8-hour Fundamentals of Instruction course must be completed (login details provided after registration). Day 2 and 3 of the course will focus on the application of Fundamentals.

If you just need the Fundamentals of Instruction, please click here. 

3. Discipline-Specific Classroom Component

Day 4 and 5 of the course will focus on the specific skills in the Professional Responder program. 

If you just need the Professional Responder Discipline-Specific, please click here.

4. Teaching Experience

Once you have completed the course, you will need to successfully complete a Teaching Experience in the discipline you wish to teach (Basic Life Support, First Responder or Emergency Medical Responder). This does not have to be done through Alert First Aid, but must be done with a Teaching Experience Supervisor or Instructor Trainer.

Steps 1, 2, 3 and 5 are included in this course. To book your Teaching Experience with us, please speak to your instructor, or contact us at 250-595-5323 or info@alertfirstaid.com. 

5. Certification

An electronic certification will be issued upon completion. Certification will correspond to your completion of the pathway components in accordance with the course you wish to teach. Potential Professional Responder Instructor certifications include:

  • Basic Life Support Instructor (certified to teach BLS, AM and OT)
  • First Responder Instructor (certified to teach BLS, AM, OT, MAFA and FR)
  • Emergency Medical Responder Instructor (certified to teach BLS, AM, OT, MAFA, FR, EMR and AFA)


Full Course Length: 40 Hours
Recertification: 14 Hours

Click here to view the Red Cross Specialized Instructor information sheet

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If you have a group of First Responder Instructor Candidates and would like us to come to your workplace to teach a First Responder 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

Please give us a call at 1-866-282-5378 or send us an email at info@alertfirstaid.com to arrange a group course.