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Instructor Courses

Pathway to becoming a Red Cross First Aid Instructor

Below is the pathway to become a certified First Aid & CPR Instructor. You must successfully complete each step before advancing to the next step. Certification is valid for three years.

1. Evaluate Skills and Check Prerequisites

Confirm prerequisites are met: you must be 18 years or older, have a valid participant certificate for the program you wish to teach, and successfully complete a skills evaluation. Candidates have 60 days once their skills evaluation is complete to begin the classroom component of Step 2.


2. Fundamentals of Instruction

Complete the Fundamentals of Instruction online component (8 hrs*), and a classroom component (14 hrs 30 min) focused on the application of fundamentals. Candidates have 30 days to progress from completing the Fundamentals of Instruction Online to begin the classroom component of Step 2.


3. Discipline-Specific Classroom Component

Attend the discipline-specific classroom component of their desired teaching area (14 hrs 30 min), which focuses on the specific skills of that program. Candidates have 6 months to progress from completing Step 2 to begin Step 3.


4. Teaching Experience

Complete the Teaching Experience online module (30-45 min*) and a classroom component with the support of a Teaching Experience Supervisor. Successfully complete the classroom Teaching Experience within one year of completing classroom session


5. Certification

An electronic certification will be issued upon completion. 


* Online learning time will vary depending on the learner.

Note: To instruct any Red Cross First Aid Program, either you or the organization you work must be or become a Canadian Red Cross Training Partner.


First Aid CPR Instructor


Professional Responder Instructor
BLS | First Responder | AFA/EMR


Instructor Transfer Options


Psychological First Aid Instructor


Instructor Recertification
First Aid, CPR, Professional R
esponder, Psychological First Aid


Teach Experience Supervisor

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