Training Partners

For over 75 years, the Canadian Red Cross has been a national leader in injury prevention programs. Over 1.5 million Canadians are trained in Red Cross First Aid & CPR, and Swimming & Water Safety programs through our Training Partners across the country.

Red Cross Training Partners may be large or small businesses, community or municipal organizations, corporations, or other organizations that have an agreement with the Red Cross to deliver Canadian Red Cross programs and courses in their community or to their employees.  Training Partners deliver training in adherence with Red Cross Program Standards, policies, and guidelines, and use the learner and instructional tools and resources developed by the Red Cross. Applicants who wish to become a Training Partner with Red Cross are assessed through a comprehensive application process.

Why become a Red Cross Training Partner?

Features and benefits:

  • Full spectrum of courses available to suit the workplace, home, and personal interests.
  • Professional, high-quality research and program development so you can be confident that you are providing the latest and best training possible.
  • Red Cross First Aid courses meet all federal/provincial/territorial worker safety and insurance boards (with the exception of Quebec), the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Standard Z1210-17 First Aid training for the workplace – Curriculum and quality management for training agencies, and the First Aid, Resuscitation, and Education Guidelines: 2020 Clinical and Education Updates for Canada, which are the first ever guidelines built by Canadians, for Canadians, and published independently by the Canadian Red Cross.
  • Red Cross training materials are high quality, full colour, available in both official languages, and include many digital as well as print products
  • Red Cross Training Partner Website features a variety of marketing tools, social and web assets, to help you promote training.
  • Access to a secure, online registration tool and course management system for managing information related to your courses, participants, and Instructors.
  • The Red Cross brand is highly recognized in Canadian workplaces and communities. As a Training Partner you will be supporting an organization that is part of the largest humanitarian network in the world and supporting training programs that help people and communities across Canada and around the world in times of need. 

What are the requirements and criteria to become a Red Cross Training Partner?

Resources for Applicants

Prior to submitting an application to become a Red Cross Training Partner, it is important to review all the resources below to determine if becoming a Training Partner is the right fit for you or your organization.

Program Standards

The Canadian Red Cross has established Program Standards for delivery of its training programs. All Training Partners must agree to adhere to these standards at all times to ensure the safety, consistency, and quality of Red Cross programs.

Business Considerations

The below resources will help set you up for success as an applicant and support the development of your business plan as part of the application process.

Guidelines and Policies

Application Fee and Training Partner Annual Fee

The total application fee is $600, which includes both a non-refundable $350 application fee and $250 annual Training Partner fee covering the first year. 
Please note your application can be declined by Red Cross. If the application is declined, you will be issued a refund for the annual Training Partner fee only. Red Cross will only be entering into agreements with applicants supporting training growth for specific audiences or in geographies not currently well served, and applicants that demonstrate they have the resources in place to support the delivery of high-quality training (including applicants that will be offering training to internal audiences only).  

What do Training Partner fees cover? 

  • Access to My Red Cross – this includes access to the electronic validation tool for verifying certifications and electronic certifications issued.
  • Business support tools including marketing tools, public education tools, professional development webinars, etc.
  • Program delivery guides.
  • Instructor development tools
  • Access to a full customer service team including local representatives, contact centre teams, and 24/7 online ordering.
  • Access to bilingual service and support.
 The application fee is paid once when a prospective individual or business wishes to apply to become a Training Partner. The Training Partner fee is paid annually on the anniversary of the Training Partner Agreement date.
The application fee can be paid on > Resources & Fees > Application Fees. When making payment, please click on "guest" at the checkout. IMPORTANT: Record your payment confirmation number to add to your application form.

How do I apply?

Application Process  

  1. Review the Business Considerations Checklist.
  2. Pay the application fee on Keep your receipt # to add to your application form.
  3. Submit your application form Red Cross will process the application form and complete a credit risk assessment.
  4. Create a business plan to be submitted to Red Cross. A sample template will be provided upon receipt of application form.
  5. Allow 8 weeks for the application review process. Your plan will be reviewed and assessed, and you may be contacted to set up an interview or to provide additional details. You will receive written notice of the outcome of your application once the review process is complete.
  6. Sign the Training Partner Agreement. Before the agreement is provided for signature, you will be required to submit proof of insurance and a copy of your criminal record check and vulnerable sector check (if applicable).
  7. Complete the customer account form to set up your account. Once processed, customers will receive a customer number, access to online ordering, and access to the Training Partner website with tools and resources to support course delivery, course management, marketing, and more.
For more information, please contact us at 1-877-356-3226.
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