Becoming an Instructor

First, some background...

Raven RSM (Rescue Safety & Medicine) is the Official Agent for Rescue 3 International, which means we are the sole Canadian provider of Rescue 3's technical rescue and training courses in swiftwater, ice rescue, technical rope rescue and motorized boat handling. We are also an independent provider of wilderness first aid and medical courses that are on par with the most comprehensive, rigorous and respected providers internationally.  In order to teach for us, you must first participate in our Instructor certification process and demonstrate a high standard of technical rescue and teaching ability before being signed off to teach others in a challenging environment.

Why can’t I just take an Instructors’ course for a few days and get certified to teach?

Instead of a standard “Train-the-Trainer” approach, which is usually limited to "take a short course - get certified to teach others", we focus on recruiting those who already possess solid baseline skills and then work with them over a period of time to strengthen and fine tune their abilities. Our goal is to produce the very best instructors in the industry and so the length of time our instructor training process takes depends on the candidate's prior experience, aptitude, teaching goals and availability.

General Pre-requisites

All Instructor Candidates must possess:

  • Operational experience in a related field
  • Have taken a Technician level course in the chosen discipline at least twice (Raven Rescue or equivalent)
  • Current certification at the Technician level for Rope Rescue (or equivalent)
  • Current EMR/EMT B or Wilderness First Responder (80 hour) certification or higher

Choose the type of Instructor

  • In-House Instructor
  • Corporate Instructor

What is an In-House Instructor?

In-House Instructors are certified to teach only their colleaugues, (ie. those who are covered by the same insurance umbrella such as fellow fire department members or fellow SAR volunteers). Public registrations are not allowed in this type of course. In-House Instructors must demonstrate ability to teach the required skills and be able to respond to emergencies that could arise during a course, but do not have to meet the exceptional standard of operational ability, course delivery and client service that we require of Corporate Instructors (see below). 

Due to the time duration and financial commitment of our training process, the In-House Instructor program benefits departments/teams/groups that are training a large volume of personnel on an annual basis.

In-House Instructors must:

  • Abide by our SOGs and Safe Work Procedures
  • Follow our curriculum
  • Purchase course materials from our office
  • Return course materials to us in a timely manner
  • Be audited every two years by an Instructor Trainer while teaching a course for their colleaugues

To begin the process of becoming an In-House Instructor, please click the big red button to complete our Instructor Application. When you click “submit” it will be emailed directly to us and we will get back to you to discuss your suitability.

What is a Corporate Instructor?

Candidates granted Corporate Instructor status are certified to teach courses organized by Raven RSM for a wide range of clients from emergency responders, to natural resource managers, to industrial personnel, to outdoor adventurers. We have rigorous requirements designed to ensure that our Corporate Instructors are the very best in the rescue training business.

In order to become a Corporate Instructor, candidates must demonstrate:

  • Mastery level of required and related skills
  • Excellent physical fitness
  • Compelling teaching ability
  • High standard of professionalism
  • And client service orientation

Raven RSM organizes all aspects of the courses taught by Corporate Instructors, including classrooms, insurance and travel. They must be audited by an Instructor Trainer every two years and participate in regular professional development opportunities to maintain their operational status. As a result of our high standards, we believe we have the very best Instructors in the industry: consumate technical rescue professionals as well as inspiring teachers.

To begin the process of becoming a Corporate Instructor, please click the big red button below to complete our Instructor Application. When you click “submit” it will be emailed directly to us. We review Corporate Instructor applications on a quarterly basis, and will get back to you during the next review cycle to discuss your suitability.

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