Instructor Development-Professional Responder Program

CPR training

Designed for candidates who wish to deliver Canadian Red Cross Professional Responder courses, including Basic Life Support (BLS), First Responder (FR), Advanced First Aid (AFA), Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Oxygen Therapy (OT), Marine Advanced First Aid (MAFA) and Airway Management (AM). Course content focuses on instructional techniques, including designing and supporting scenarios, organizing courses, and how to support dynamic, learner-centred classroom environments. Through our Instructor Development Centres, Instructors are supported with state-of-the-art instructional tools to help them customize the learning environment to the various provincial, industry and personal learning needs of the participants.

Developed by Professional Responders, for Professional Responders

  • The Professional Responder Program is customizable, flexible, and offers options to support a truly learner-centred experience.
  • Instructor tools and resources allow Instructors to adapt lesson plans to the needs of the class and deliver courses in various workplace environments.
  • Learning activities and scenarios reflect real-life situations with adaptability to various settings. Skill videos use the latest technology in video production (drones and virtual reality).

Let’s Get Started

Below is the pathway to become a certified Instructor to teach Professional Responder courses. You must successfully complete each step before advancing to the next step. Candidates must hold a current Red Cross participant level certification in the discipline they wish to teach. Candidates will attend the Professional Responder discipline-specific classroom component and will complete their teaching experience classroom component on the course level they wish to teach.
Instructor Pathway

Potential Certifications

Certifications are valid for three years. Certification will correspond to the candidate’s completion of the pathway components and in accordance with the courses they wish to teach. This may include the following:
  • Basic Life Support Instructor (certified to teach BLS, AM and OT)
  • First Responder Instructor (certified to teach BLS, AM, OT, MAFA, and FR)
  • Emergency Medical Responder Instructor (certified to teach BLS, AM, OT, FR, EMR, AFA, and MAFA)


  • Fundamentals of Instruction – First Aid Programs (online component)
  • Fundamentals of Instruction – First Aid Programs (eBook)
  • Fundamentals of Instruction – First Aid Programs Workbook
  • Instructor Guide – Professional Responder Programs
  • Instructor Guide – Basic Life Support
  • Boulevard (online instructional resources)
  • The Teaching Experience – First Aid Programs (online component)
  • Emergency Care for Professional Responders Reference Text
  • Emergency Care for Professional Responders Workbook (optional)
  • Basic Life Support Field Guide
  • Certification card issued electronically upon successful completion (wallet size and/or 8.5” x 11” wall certificate)
*Resource list may vary depending on the discipline-specific course

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