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I am a current Canadian Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED Instructor in Vancouver. I am coming to the end of my three year certification. What do I have to do to re-certify?
Prior to the end of your three year certification cycle you must attend an 8 hour Red Cross First Aid Instructor Recertification Course.
This course is broken down into three sections:
All First Aid and CPR/AED skills will be reviewed to ensure consistency with the Canadian Red Cross First Aid Program.
New information regarding program changes, program updates, legislative changes, etc will be discussed.
Each recertification cycle contains a professional development session to help grow Red Cross First Aid instructors.
More information about our Red Cross First Aid Instructor Recertification Courses can be found here:
I am a St. John Ambulance First Aid and CPR Instructor, and I would like to transfer to become a Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED Instructor. What is the process?
If you are currently a qualified St. John Ambulance First Aid Instructor you qualify to enrol in a Canadian Red Cross First Aid Instructor Transfer Course.
This course is a 20 hour workshop, designed to build on your existing instructional skills and knowledge, ensure you are fully aware of how to perform the skills as per the Red Cross First Aid program, and to orient you to the various first aid courses offered by the Canadian Red Cross.
More information on transferring your St. John Ambulance First Aid Instructor qualifications to the Red Cross by attending the First Aid Instructor Transfer course can be found here:
I currently work in the aquatics field here in Vancouver, working as both a qualified lifeguard (NLS certified) and a Canadian Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI). I would like to begin teaching Canadian Red Cross first aid and CPR courses. How do I transfer my current instructor certification to the Red Cross First Aid Instructor Program? Is there are First Aid Instructor Transfer Course?
Yes! Your Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certification would qualify you for the Canadian Red Cross First Aid and CPR / AED instructor transfer course. You would also need to be at least 18 years of age, and possess a current Standard First Aid with CPR-HCP certificate.
I am interested in taking a Canadian Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED Instructor Course, and was wondering who the instructor would be?
Your Red Cross First Aid Instructor Course, First Aid Instructor Transfer Course, or First Aid Instructor Recertification course will be taught by either a Master Instructor Trainer, or an Instructor Trainer.
Instructor trainers are veteran Red Cross first aid instructors who have taken additional training with the Red Cross to teach instructor schools, learning how to impart best practices for adult education. Master instructor trainers are very experienced ITs who act in a leadership role within the Canadian Red Cross first aid program.
The Canadian Red Cross works on a third party delivery model, meaning that Training Providers certified by the Red Cross offer training on behalf of the Red Cross. At Priority Care First Aid your instructor development course will be taught by a Master Instructor Trainer.
I am booked for an upcoming Canadian Red Cross First Aid & CPR/AED Instructor Course. I want to be completely prepared. Do you have any advice?
This is an excellent question. Here are some of our thoughts:
1) Pick up your course materials as soon as you can. The more time you have to familiarize yourself with these materials the better!
2) The Canadian Red Cross First Aid and CPR / AED Instructor course is about how to teach. The focus is on adult education and the effective delivery of first aid courses. There is an expectation that you will enter the instructor course with strong first aid and CPR skills. All of the skills are clearly depicted in both of the student textbooks (the CPR/AED Manual and the First Aid & CPR Manual). There are also key points in your instructor guide, as well as video based demonstrations on the multi media presentation. Practice hard to ensure consistency with these materials.
3) As mentioned above, completely familiarize yourself with all of the content of the student and instructor resources you are provided. Be clear on the Red Cross standards, as opposed to St. John Ambulance, The Lifesaving Society, the Canadian Ski Patrol, the Heart & Stroke Foundation, WorkSafe BC, etc. Each organization does things a little bit differently and it is important to always teach Red Cross courses consistent with the Red Cross course materials.
4) Plan out your assigned teaching presentations before your instructor course. You will probably end up modifying them based on things you learn in the instructor school, but getting the heavy lifting done before your instructor course will take a lot of the pressure off.
How much experience do I need to become a first aid instructor?
The pre-requisites to become a new first aid instructor are to:
- be at least 18 years of age
- hold a valid Standard First Aid with CPR-HCP certificate
The Canadian Red Cross First Aid and CPR / AED instructor course will then give you the skills you will need to teach effectively.
There are several things you can do to strengthen your skills and knowledge though:
- Take advanced first aid courses to strengthen your knowledge of first aid. We highly recommend the Red Cross First Responder course as an excellent starting point.
- We always recommend auditing or co-teaching with experienced Red Cross first aid instructors.
- If you would like to further your understanding if adult education you should look into the Vancouver Community College School of Instruction. Their website is www.instructordiploma.com
I am currently certified or licensed at the First Responder level. Is there a bridging course I can take to upgrade my FR3 to the EMR level?
Yes, absolutely! First Responder Level 3 is the highest level of First Responder certification or licensure you can receive in British Columbia, and we recognize the hard work you have put into achieving this certification.
The EMR Bridging Coure is a 60 hour course (pre-read and classroom time) that bridges your FR3 knowledge to the EMR level. It does not re-teach content already learned in your FR3 course, but teaches the EMR information you have not learned to round out your knowledge base.
Upon successful completion you will receive national certification at the Emergency Medical Responder level, and will also be eligible to take your EMALB Licensing exams if you so desire.
For more information on our FR3 to EMR Bridging Course please click HERE.
I currently have my WorkSafe BC OFA-3 (Occupational Level 3) certificate. Can I upgrade my OFA-3 certificate to the EMR level?
The OFA-3 to EMR Bridging Course is currently under review by the EMALB for eligibility to attend licensing exams in British Columbia. At this time, however, this review is NOT complete.
Should I take the First Responder course if I want to be a firefighter?
Yes! Fire departments within British columbia (The Vancouver Fire Department, The Burnaby Fire Department, The Coquitlam Fire Department, The New Westminster Fire Department, The Port Moody Fire Department, The Pitt Meadows Fire Department, The Maple Ridge Fire Department, The Langley Fire Department, The Surrey Fire Department, The White Rock Fire Department, The Richmond Fire Department, etc) practice at the First Responder Level 3 with Spinal and AED endorsement level.
Completing your Canadian Red Cross First Responder course with Priority Care First Aid, which also includes your Emergency Medical Assistant’s Licensing Board exams (the EMALB) Qualifies you at this level (FR 3), which means you are fully qualified as a fire department First Responder when you apply!
I am an Occupational First Aid Level 3 (OFA-3) ticket holder. What is the difference between the Red Cross First Responder course and the Occupational First Aid (OFA) courses?
The WorkSafe BC Occupational First Aid program was designed specifically to focus on the needs of injured workers. The vast majority of the course focuses on assessing and managing traumatic injuries in the workplace, and the training is tailored to that environment. An example of this is the delegation of tasks to others on the accident scene. Because a workplace typically only has one trained Occupational First Aid attendant students are taught that all people assisting on the call are untrained. This is a realistic assumption in the workplace, but one that impacts how the patient management occurs. The Occupational First Aid courses also do not include specific training on pediatric emergencies, because workers are usually adults.
The Red Cross First Responder course was designed to train professional responders working in a wide variety of environments, including working within the 911 system, to respond to emergencies of all natures.
Because of this the course focuses on a wide range of medical and traumatic emergencies, including pediatrics, childbirth, etc. First Responders are taught to work in teams to provide optimal care. The patient assessment model is flexible, to reflect the realities of calls that occur in ever changing environments.