First Aid Instructor - Option 1: FAI With another agency

This program is for First Aid Instructors from another Canadian/AB recognized First Aid Organization.

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approx. 40 hrs


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

  • 18 years old
  • Current First Aid Instructor with another recognized First Aid Agency.


Previous First Aid Instructor Experience:

Instructor candidates who qualify for this transfer pathway are entering into the Instructor Development Program with previous experience through another recognized First Aid agency. They will follow the Instructor Development Program however they will not be required to complete Step 3: Discipline Specific Classroom Component.
New 2017 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.

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 skills and check prerequisites Classroom: approx 8 hrs
In this stage Instructor candidates work with an Instructor Development Center 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 they come prepared to demonstrate the Red Cross first aid skills without coaching.

Step 2: Fundamentals of Instruction. Online: 8 hrs, self paced Classroom: 14.5 hrs
Consists of both an online and a classroom component, where they apply the fundamentals of instruction alongside of an Instructor Trainer. This segment of their development will focus on the role of an Instructor (using a learner centered approach to first aid education) and considers both educational

Step 3: 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 4: 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.

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