Applications for 2019-2020 are closed. Thank you to everyone who applied!

Interested in joining the McGill Student Emergency Response Team (MSERT)? This page aims to provide you with some of the general information regarding the recruitment process. The full 2019-2020 MSERT recruitment application guide has been posted below and recruitment will begin in September. We encourage anyone interested in developing their first aid knowledge and skills to apply to be a part of our service.

Our recruitment process occurs once each year, during the month of September, and is divided into two sequential parts:

Stage 1: Online application & written Standard First Aid test (proof of First Aid certification required)

Stage 2: First aid scenario simulation & interview

For more information on joining the team and the recruitment process, click the link below to view our 2019 Application Guide.

Important Dates

Sunday, September 15, 2019; 4:30pm-6:30pm

Location: TBD

Opens: Sunday, September 8th, 2019

Closes: Sunday, September 22th, 2019 (11:59 PM)

Monday, September 23, 2019: 3:30-9:30pm & Tuesday, September 24, 2019: 4:00-7:00pm

You can come anytime within the times indicated above to drop-in and take the test. We ask that you leave enough time for yourself to finish the test. It could take around 45 minutes.

Location: McGill Gym, Room 408/409 (475 Pine Ave W, Montreal, QC H2W 1S4)

Saturday, September 28, 2019 & Sunday, September 29, 2019

Location: Participants who move on to stage 2 of recruitment will be emailed the location and time of the event.


To be eligible to apply for the team, it is required for you to have:

A valid Canadian Red Cross Standard First Aid and CPR C certification or a certification that is deemed to be more advanced than Canadian Red Cross Standard First Aid and CPR C (i.e. Canadian Red Cross First Responder) that was issued between the dates of:

November 1, 2016 and September 24, 2019


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 Standard First Aid and CPR-C, the course must have been a minimum of 16 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:

Bone injuries, muscle injuries, joint injuries, splints, slings

Respiratory distress, hyperventilation, asthma, allergic reactions, anaphylaxis

Partial choking, complete choking (adult, alone, baby), unresponsive choking

Cardiovascular disease, heart attack, angina, stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA), life-threatening bleeding, tourniquets

Heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, frostbite, hypothermia, freezing of skin to metal objects

CPR and AED for adult, child, infant and other special considerations

Head injuries, neck injuries, spinal injuries, concussions

Poisons, bites, substance misuse

Fainting, diabetic emergencies, seizures, mental health crisis, childbirth, miscarriage 

Bandaging, cuts and scrapes, scalp injuries, infection, burns, bruises, eye injuries, ear injuries, impaled objects, amputations, puncture wounds, splinters, nosebleeds, foreign objects in the node, knocked out teeth, crush injuries, chest injuries


Yes! Review all of the knowledge and skills covered in the Canadian Red Cross Standard First Aid and CPR/AED-C course (see content above). You can also practice the first aid skills taught in the Canadian Red Cross Standard First Aid and CPR Level C in preparation for the scenarios tested in Stage 2 of recruitment. Our office will be open for practice on weekdays from 08h30 – 18h00.

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

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! As long as you have your Standard First Aid and CPR Level C certification by September 24, 2019, you may still apply. We will also be offering courses in September before recruitment! You can refer to for more information on how to register. 

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

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