First Aid Instructor - Become a New Instructor

This course is for new to instructions wanting to teach the Red Cross First Aid and CPR Programs.

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The following items are covered in this First Aid Instructor - Become a New Instructor class:

  • Canadian Red Cross Instructor Development for First Aid/CPR Instructors is a 5 step all inclusive process. This program is designed for individuals who would like to instruct the Canadian Red Cross First Aid and CPR courses. The following is a list of courses, successful candidates would be permitted to instruct:
  • CPR Level A (Adult Only Skills)
  • CPR Level C (Adult, Child and Baby Skills)
  • Emergency First Aid with either of the above CPR Levels
  • Standard First Aid with either of the above CPR Levels
  • Emergency Child Care First Aid with CPR Level B (Child and Baby Skills)
  • Standard Child Care First Aid with CPR Level B (Child and Baby Skills)
  • Marine Basic Standard First Aid with either CPR Level A or C
  • Recertification for the above courses.
  • Once Completed - Each new Red Cross First Aid Instructor will need to chose to seek employment with a pre-existing Red Cross Training Partner to offer courses. For information on how to become your own Red Cross Training Partner, please go directly to as Red Cross is permitted at any time to put a moratorium on the number of new Training Partner applications.
  • Day 1 - Step 1 - Skills evaluation and Pre-requisite verification. Successful students will be given all course materials at the completion of this day.
  • Day 2 & 3 - Step 2 - there is one week between Step 1 and Step 2 for all candidates to complete the online component prior to this two days in class.
  • Day 3 & 4 - Step 3 - there is one day between Step 2 and Step 3 for all candidates to complete the online component prior to this two days in class.
  • Teach Experience - AHASTI will have teach experience dates available to all AHASTI students that have successfully completed Step 4. Teach experiences will be at one of our 3 locations. Teach Experience Candidates have unto 1 year to complete Step 4.


approx. 62 hours


The following are the prerequisite that a student is required to have before being allowed into this course:

  • 18 years old
  • proof of current participant level certification at the Standard First Aid with CPR Level C


Red Cross has set a class minimum of 4 confirmed candidates. All course materials will be provided to candidates at Step 1.

Step 1: Evaluate and Prerequisite Confirmation. Classroom: up to 8hrs
In this stage Instructor candidates work with an instructor to confirm that they have a strong understanding of the typical first aid skills needed to be successful as an Instructor and have met the program pre-requisites. It is important that each candidate comes prepared to demonstrate the first aid skills without coaching. They must:
* Be 18 years or older.
* Have a valid participant certificate for the program they wish to teach.

Step 2: Fundamentals of Instruction. Online: 8 hrs, self paced and Classroom: 14.5 hrs
Consists of both an online and a classroom component, where candidates apply the fundamentals of instruction alongside of an Instructor Trainer. This segment of development will focus on the role of an Instructor (using a learner centered approach to first aid education) and considers both educational principles and best practice. It will also consider the responsibilities of an Instructor as a representative of the Canadian Red Cross when preparing for a course, while teaching a course, and following a course. This step includes knowledge and application focused lessons (including the opportunity to complete microteaching segments with their peers).

Step 3: Discipline Specific. Classroom 14.5 hrs
This segment of the candidates development will focus on applying their skills as an Instructor within the discipline they will be offering - it includes exploring and understanding the learner (participants) they will be supporting, and familiarizing themselves with the course content and teaching tools. This step focuses largely on application and will include the opportunity to complete microteaching segments with their peers (involves pre-course work)

Step 4: Teach Experience. Online: approx.1 hr Real Classroom: up to 3 attempt (16hrs each attempt)
The online component details what to expect during the teaching experience and guides the time that they spend preparing for it. The classroom component provides the experience of teaching in a dynamic classroom environment. This is where they will apply what they have learned throughout the Instructor Development Program with actual participants. Working alongside of a Teaching Experience Supervisor they will demonstrate an ability to support a participant learning experience. There are elements that the Teaching Experience Supervisor will be looking for from them during this step – including planning in advance of the course, and teaching knowledge and skill based lessons during the course. This segment of their development allows them to continue constructing their professional identity and apply their learnings while authentically engaging in the role of an Instructor.

Step 5: Certification
Following successful completion of the Teaching Experience they will become certified as an Instructor within the discipline of their choosing. Instructor certification is valid for three years. Prior to expiration, Instructors will attend a recertification course in order to engage in professional development and maintain certification for an additional three years.

hdgCertifications Earned

Upon successful completion of this program you will have earned the following tickets:

  • Certification is valid for 3 years. See Red Cross Program Standards for more details as to specific recertification requirements.

hdgAdditional Information

To maintain certification once competed, each instructor will be required to teach a minimum of 2 workplace approved programs per certification year to qualify for recertification. Workplace approved courses in AB are Emergency First Aid, Standard First Aid or Standard First Aid Recert.
One of the above must be the Standard First Aid within the 3 year certification period.

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