Recruitment Process

Tryouts are held in September each year

Before Try-Outs

  • Come to our Info Nights (held early September) to learn more about the team
  • Send us emails or message our socials with your questions
  • If you already have First Aid certification or experience
    • We’ll host a refresher session to help you brush up your basic life-saving skills prior to the Try-Outs
    • You merely need to provide a copy of your certification at your scheduled Try Out
  • If you do not have any First Aid experience or certification
    • Sign up for our full Standard First Aid Course
    • Sign up for a Try Out time following that course

During the Try-Outs

During this process, you’ll be given one or two scenarios and may be asked to show us/explain a particular skill. These Try-Outs typically take 15-30 minutes to complete. We intend to make this a fun, exciting experience for anyone interested in joining the team, and we’ll be able to provide hands-on experience through the application process.

Through the Try-Outs, we’re looking for a variety of skills and personality traits; not just who knows the most about first aid and first response. Specifically, we’re looking for folks who communicate well with others (the Responder team, their partner, and/or patient), think critically using their knowledge/the knowledge provided, and act professionally while caring for their patient(s). If you don’t have experience in First Aid, no problem! The Try-Outs will be focused on skills you will learn in the Standard First Aid course.

After the Try-Outs

Once you make it through Try-Outs and are successful, you’ll need to join us on our Responder Bootcamp, held over a weekend in late September/early October. From there, you’ll learn all about what it means to be on UBCEFRT, things you’ll do on shift, and more about the people you’re working with. From there, you’ll be part of the scheduled shifts to support the campus community. You’ll be with experienced folks in the beginning, and then will attend a 50hr First Responder Course (held at various times over the first semester) to bring you up a First Responder Level 3 certification.