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Becoming a St. John Ambulance Instructor

Our clients consistently tell us St. John Ambulance is their preferred provider for First Aid Training and certification. We attribute this, in part, to the quality of our Instructor Development Program and the ongoing support we provide to our instructors. Our commitment to quality in the teaching environment means our Instructors are certified and regularly participate in workshops and programs designed to maintain current skills and build new areas of expertise.

If you are interested in becoming a St. John Ambulance First Aid Instructor either as an in-house corporate trainer, or looking to instruct first aid on a part time basis, you will find the information regarding the process of becoming an instructor below. Our experience has proven that success as a St. John Instructor is more likely for people who have all or some of the following characteristics or experience in their background:


  • Teaching personality -- enjoys people, understands how to organize and relate information in terms that suits the group they are teaching Comfortable speaking in front of groups
  • Comfortable speaking in front of groups
  • Background in health care or emergency related field
  • Sense of humor
  • Flexible

The Instructor Development Process:

    1. Meeting with the Executive Director. The focus of this meeting is to have a complete overview of the process to ensure complete understanding and a comfort level with the expectations of becoming an Instructor. These meetings are typically 30 to 60 minutes long and are designed to answer all your questions to help you make the decision on whether this opportunity is right for you.

    2. Pre-Requisite Course: Standard First Aid + BLS (HCP) CPR (2 days) – In order to teach a St. John Ambulance course, you must first experience it. The skills and information presented here form the basis for developing the ability to teach first aid courses. The pre-requisite must be taken within 6 months of entering the Instructor Development Program (IDP).

    3. Instructor Development Program – 40 hours ($625.00). Offered in two formats for convenience:

  • a. Weekdays – Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm,
  • b. Weekends – Two Friday evenings, two Saturdays and two Sundays

  • 4. Police Record Check – Vulnerable Sector Clearance. This must be recent and be an original document.

    5. Two short online courses that educate on Accessibility and Respect in the Workplace. St. John Ambulance will provide these free of charge.

    After the IDP course is complete, St. John Ambulance provides opportunities to work with our instructor mentors to build skills and confidence in the classroom. The final step of the certification process involves teaching a two-day course with an instructor Trainer observing to ensure adherence to standards and effective delivery of content.


Contractor Status:

    St. John Ambulance Instructors are independent contractors and as such, can book teaching opportunities according to their schedule and preferences from the opportunities that St. John Ambulance offers them. It is a very flexible and ideal for supplementing other types of employment income.


If you are interested in taking the first step, please send a brief resume and cover letter outlining your interest to: Dianne Rende, Executive Director Peel Region at [email protected]

Halton & Hamilton Region: Please submit resume to Tim Bauer at [email protected]