Applications for the 2021-2022 year are now closed.

Thank you to everyone that applied!


Be on the lookout for our applications in early Fall 2022 for 2022-2023 school year!

Application guide

The application guide will become available when we open our applications for the 2022-2023 year.

Important Dates (2021-2022 cycle)

Dates: Wednesday, September 8th 2021

LocationOnline from 7pm to 8pm

*More information coming soon*

Opens: Tuesday, August 25th 2021

Closes: Wednesday, September 15th 2021 (11:59 PM Montreal time) 

Dates:  Monday, September 20th 2021 OR Thursday, September 23rd 2021

You are expected to attend only one of both sessions


Location: Online

Time: Applicants that make it past stage 1 will be contacted with all the information necessary to attend the workshop of their choice


*Please note that this stage is for applicants that are selected for stage 2*

Date: Saturday, September 25th – Sunday, September 26th 2021

Location: TBD



According to new COVID-19 directives, participants who are selected for stage 2 will require a vaccine passport or equivalent proof of vaccination recognized by the province of Quebec

Please note that this DOES NOT apply to the skills workshops.

*This stage of recruitment will be for those who are selected for Stage 2*


To be eligible to apply for the team, the applicant:

  • Must be a student at McGill University NOT entering their final year of study

  • Should have or be willing to obtain:

A valid Canadian Red Cross CPR/AED Level C certification or a certification that is deemed to be more advanced than Canadian Red Cross CPR/AED Level C (i.e. Canadian Red Cross Standard First Aid and CPR Level C).


A valid equivalent* or more advanced certification from one of the following four first aid providers: 

Canadian Ski Patrol

Lifesaving Society

St. John Ambulance

Heart and Stroke

*In order for a certification to be equivalent to the Canadian Red Cross CPR/AED Level C, the course must have been a minimum of 5 hours in duration, taught by one of the other four national first aid providers (Canadian Ski Patrol, Lifesaving Society, St. John Ambulance, or Heart and Stroke), and covered the following topics:

In light of the current COVID situation, NO first aid certification is required in order to apply. 

However, if the applicant is selected to join the team, they must be willing to get certified.

How to handle and respond to emergencies

How to safely place someone in the recovery position

Choking in adults, children, and babies

Helping patients administer certain medications

How to recognize the signs of and respond to angina and heart attack

How to recognize the signs of and respond to cases of stroke

How to perform CPR and use an AED on adults, children, and babies

How to respond to cases of deadly bleeding


Our office is located at 3480 Rue McTavish, Room 428. 

Great question! Typically if the course covers all the following content as well as have been from one of the other 4 national first aid providers (Canadian Ski Patrol, Lifesaving Society, St. John Ambulance, Heart and Stroke) then it is equivalent. Feel free to email us if in doubt!

Responding to Emergencies

Check, Call, Care

Recovery Position

Choking – adult, child, and baby

Assisting with Medications

Angina and Heart Attack


CPR and AED – adult, child and baby

Deadly Bleeding

Yes! This year, we are not requiring any previous level of certification in order to apply.

In other years, we have asked applicants to have first aid certification before applying to MSERT, and we have asked applicants to review that content before applying. However, since it is not the case this year, we only recommend that you attend the information sessions and that you ask us any questions you might have! 

There are lots of different qualities that make an excellent responder. If you have a passion for first aid and feel that you would enjoy being a part of our team, we encourage you to apply!

While the number of applicants changes, we usually select around 50 applicants to move onto Stage 2 and about 24 applicants to join MSERT each year.

You are not required or expected to have prior experience to join MSERT. We provide a First Responder course for new responders and will teach members any skills they need to know!

Yes! Students from all faculties are welcome to apply. MSERT responders come from a variety of faculties including Arts, Engineering, and Management.

Unfortunately, we only hold one recruit new team members in the Fall semester.

No, MSERT members are not paid as it is a volunteer service. Despite this, many of our members find that being part of the team community and responding is a
rewarding experience.

With the rapidly evolving public health guidelines and regulations, we are changing the way residence shifts operate to better protect our responders and the community. However, you are not expected to be awake all night! Responders are allowed to sleep, study, relax, etc. while they are on residence shifts, provided that they are able to respond quickly should they be called to an emergency. We also have separate rooms for responders to sleep in to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Members always respond in pairs during overnight residence shifts and special shifts

For any questions about the application process and the stages involved, contact us at

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