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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


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 $220 + tax.

Where to find us:

Visit our Victoria training courses here.

Victoria (A-920 Johnson Street)

A-920 Johnson Street Victoria, BC V8V 3N4

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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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