Red Cross First Aid & CPR Instructor Development Course

Learn more about becoming a First Aid Instructor from this short video from the Canadian Red Cross. See below for program details, prices, and registration.

First Aid Instructor Course

The instructor course provides candidates with the knowledge and skills to teach core Red Cross First Aid & CPR courses:

  • Emergency and Standard First Aid, CPR/AED all levels
  • Marine Basic First Aid
  • Emergency and Standard Child Care First Aid.

Includes how to teach and facilitate, individual and group assignments, practice teaching, injury prevention principles, inclusion, and progressive learning.

Note: Current First Aid Instructors who are certified to teach CPR-C or CPR-HCP will need to take a two-day Basic Life Support Discipline Specific course. Check back in Fall 2019 for more information about Titan’s BLS Discipline Specific courses.

Course Length

  • Full Course
    • Skills Evaluation 1 day
    • Online 7-8 hours
    • Classroom 4 days -includes two days of Fundamentals of Instruction and two Discipline Specific
    • Teaching Experience – 30 minutes online and 1-2 days of teaching a course
  • Recertification – 1 day
  • Transfer -See below or call us.


Red Cross Instructor Full Course

  • Proof of current Standard First Aid (or higher) with CPR-C
  • 18+ years old

Red Cross Instructor Recertification

The Canadian Red Cross has updated the recertification process for instructors. Please read the following requirements closely.

  • In order to recertify, you must take the HUB (core information update – 4 hours) and a SPOKE (any given discipline-specific component – 4 hours per Spoke).
    • Types of Spoke include: First Aid Instructor; Basic Life Support; Wilderness; etc.
    • You must be currently certified as an instructor in a given Spoke in order to recertify that Spoke.
  • The Hub must be completed in advance of the Spoke.
  • If you have a valid (current, not expired) Hub, you do not have to re-take the Hub each time you take a Spoke. For example, if you take the Hub and First Aid Instructor Spoke in January, and then the Basic Life Support Spoke in June, the Hub is valid for both.
  • A current Canadian Red Cross First Aid Instructor certification.
  • You must have taught a minimum of three Canadian Red Cross First Aid Program courses during the three-year certification period.
  • One course must have been taught in each discipline the Instructor is seeking recertification.

Course Cost

  • Full Course – $950.00
  • Transfer Course – $750.00
  • Recertification –  $250.00


  • 100% attendance
  • Skills Evaluation complete (prior to in class component)
  • In class component successful completion
  • Successful completion of teaching experience
  • Adhere to the Canadian Red Cross Standards of Behavior and the Group Charter


  • 3-year certification as Canadian Red Cross First Aid Instructor

Course Steps

Step 1: Skills Evaluation

  • Candidates demonstrate Red Cross skills with a Teaching Experience Supervisor or an Instructor Trainer at our center.
  • You’ll need to have your pre-requisites, including a current Standard First Aid certificate, ready to go for this step!

Step 2: Fundamentals of Instruction (Online portion to be completed first; in-class portion)

  • First, you’ll complete 7-8 hours of self-paced, online instruction focusing on the fundamentals of instruction.
  • Then, for two days in class, you’ll apply what you’ve learned to creating lesson plans and practicing. The instructor uses a learner-centered approach and up-to-date educational principles. You’ll create and develop microteaching segments with your peers.

Step 3: Discipline Specific Classroom Component

  • For this two-day component, you’ll apply your skills along with your peers and with the guidance of your instructor trainer, focusing specifically on First Aid and CPR skills.

Step 4: Teaching Experience

  • Once you’ve developed your lesson plans, you’ll get a chance to teach a real course with a supervising instructor. You’ll need to teach your core areas successfully! You can take up to 3 attempts to complete this portion. This portion must be complete within one year of the course start date.

Transfer Course

Transfer Pathway Option 1: Are you already a qualified, certified instructor for a different, recognized First Aid agency, such as St. John’s Ambulance or the Life Saving Society? You can qualify for this transfer pathway. You’ll complete the Fundamentals of Instruction, including the online learning and the two in-class days, but you will be exempt from the two days of Discipline-Specific first aid and CPR classroom instruction. Instead, you’ll move right to the Teaching Experience step.

Transfer Pathway Option 2: Are you a current Canadian Red Cross Water Safety Instructor or Instructor Trainer, or alternatively, are you a teacher at the elementary or secondary level? You can qualify for this transfer pathway. You’ll complete the online learning (Fundamentals of Instruction), but you are exempt from the two days of Fundamentals of Instruction classroom instruction. Instead, you’ll move straight to the two days of Discipline Specific classroom instruction. You will then also need to complete a Teaching Experience.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Course Schedule

Next FULL course:

March 2023 – Register Now! Classroom course. Dates: March 6 (Skills Evaluation), March 13, 14, 20, and 21. 5 spots available



March 7, 2023 – Register Now! – Virtual Delivery (via Zoom) – First Aid Instructor Recertification Hub. 8 spots available

March 14, 2023 – Register Now! – Virtual Delivery (via Zoom) – Recertification First Aid Spoke.  8 spots available

Teaching Experience Supervisors 

To become a teaching experience supervisor you must be a current Red Cross instructor already. This course is now online only and allows you to gain an additional certification to take students completing their instructor course into your classroom and help them complete their program.

Cost: $55.00 – register below and we will send you all the details

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