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

Victoria Emergency Medical Responder

Victoria Emergency Medical Responder

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

The Canadian Red Cross EMR course provides comprehensive training in first aid and CPR for professional responders both in the Victoria area and across Canada. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be certified as Canadian Red Cross Emergency Medical Responders. The course focuses on a consistent patient assessment model, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, hemorrhage control, and care for a variety of acute and chronic conditions. It also includes instruction on how to package and transport patients to hospital safely while providing care. The course will take place in our Victoria classroom is composed of hands-on practice, skills demonstrations, discussions, and simulated scenarios based on real-life situations.

To be certified, participants must attend and participate in 100% of the course, achieve a minimum of 75% on the closed-book written knowledge evaluation, and demonstrate proficiency in skills and practical scenarios.

Prerequisites for the course include Standard First Aid with CPR Level C certification, and a mandatory pre-course assignment of at least 20 hours.

About EMA Licensing:

If you intend to work as an Emergency Medical Responder in Victoria, or elsewhere on Vancouver Island or across BC, there is a good chance that you will want to become a licensed EMR. This certification fulfills the initial requirement to apply for an EMR License in British Columbia. However, the process of obtaining a license is a separate step that must be completed through the Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board (EMALB). This will involve submitting a separate application, taking an online written exam, and passing a practical evaluation. This program is designed to help you prepare for the EMALB Licensing process. For more information about the EMA Licensing process, please visit this link..

About Occupational First Aid (Worksafe BC OFA 3):

Once you have gone through the steps to become a certified EMR, you can apply and complete a jurisprudence package that outlines the regulations for First Aid in BC workplaces. Upon successful completion, you will be granted a WorksafeBC OFA 3 certification at no cost. This will enable you to work as an occupational first aid attendant in remote, high risk workplaces.

Full Course Length 80 hours - $1425.00 Register Now
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


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 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.


There are no recertification classes at this time. Please check back.


First Aid Course Materials for Emergency Medical Responder in Victoria

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.

Where to find us:

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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:

Greater Victoria | Brentwood Bay | Central Saanich | Colwood | Esquimalt | Highlands | James Bay | Langford | Sidney | Sooke | Oak Bay | North Saanich | Metchosin | View Royal | Saanichton | Salt Spring Island | Gulf Islands

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

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