Resuscitation Program

Canadian leader in emergency care training

Become an Instructor

Minimum requirements

  • Must be 18 or over
  • Must have a valid Basic Life Support certification (C) card, issued in the past 12 months.

Qualities of a good instructor

In order to teach CPR-AED and First Aid (FA), individuals who aspire to become HSTQ-certified instructors should have the following knowledge and skills, in addition to the minimum requirements:
  • Good knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the human body’s systems;
  • Familiarity with medical services networks, emergency prehospital care, and at least one recognized first aid organization;
  • Be an effective communicator, coach, facilitator;
  • Be resourceful and creative;
  • Be able to adjust and adapt quickly to different clienteles;
  • Be a leader, a teacher or adult educator in the making;
  • The desire to promote CPR-AED-FA-AC in his/her community;
  • Desire to be a respected ambassador for the HSFQ.

Steps in becoming an instructor

  • Contact one of the master-instructors listed in our telephone directory.
  • Fill out the instructor CV and return it with a cover letter to the master-instructor of your choice. Include a copy of your Basic Life Support (C) card issued in the past 12 months.
  • Once the master-instructor receives your CV as well as the other required documents, he/she will contact you by mail or telephone to schedule an interview.
  • Following the interview, the master-instructor will contact you to advise you as to whether or not your candidacy as a BLS instructor has been approved.
  • If you are accepted, the master-instructor will provide the dates of the next instructor course. You then need to confirm your participation by paying the course fees in part or in whole.

Telephone directory

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Duties and Responsibilities

The CPR-AED-FA-AC instructor has the following duties:
  • Certifying and updating theoretical and practical knowledge of future first aiders for the afore-mentioned levels, in accordance with HSFQ guidelines;
  • Promote CPR-AED-FA-AC as well as other HSFQ programs in his/her community or region;
  • Teach CPR-AED-FA-AC  and promote healthy lifestyle habits, in accordance with HSFQ guidelines;
  • Promote the HSFQ’s mission and objectives as well as its programs;
  • Maintain his/her knowledge, interpersonal skills and know-how at the levels defined and outlined in the HSFQ’s CPR program;
  • Teach at least two courses per year (any level);
  • Consult his/her master-instructor once a year;
  • Get recertified every three years and when guidelines are modified;

CPR-AED-FA-AC instructor course description

Duration of course

  1. Approximately 20 to 24 hours for a CPR-AED-FA-AC instructor
  2. Approximately 12 hours for a CPR-AED instructor

Course content

  • Instructor’s duties and responsibilities as well as administrative procedures (including the WEB);
  • Revision of the theoretical and practical content for the CPR-AED courses offered (levels A to C+);
  • First aid and administering epinephrine using an automatic injection device;
  • Teaching and learning principles with TICs
  • Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular health and prevention;
  • Planning and organizing classes;
  • Asepsis and infectious diseases;
  • Theoretical and practical evaluations

Advanced  Pediatric CPR

This course was developed to teach health professionals the factors that help determine whether a child or infant is at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest and teaches strategies to prevent cardiopulmonary arrests in infants and children.

Telephone directory

To take an Advanced Pediatric CPR course, consult the telephone directory to find an HSFQ-certified instructor (I) and/or master-instructor (MI) in your region.