The Application Process

SERT accepts applications to the team in early September of each academic year. There are eight stages to the application process as outlined below. In order to apply to SERT you must be a Western student and have a minimum certification of Standard First Aid and CPR-C, or its equivalent according to the Workers Compensation Board.  SERT will begin accepting applications for the 2019/2020 school year on August 12th 2019 at midnight. Deadlines are listed below. If you have any questions, please read our FAQ page.  If you still have questions, contact


  • You must be invited to all stages after the written test & CPR skills evaluation.
  • The final team is not picked until after Stage 8: Documentation.
  • If unsuccessful, we encourage you to try again the following year. Feedback will be available in November (i.e. after all stages of the application are complete); contact the applications manager at for more details.

The 8 Stages of Application

1. Online Application – Due Monday, September 9th 2019 at 12:00pm (noon).

  • The only prerequisites for joining SERT are a valid Standard First Aid and CPR-C certification (or higher) and enrolment at Western University as a student.
  • Accepted applications are applications with ALL questions in the online application form completed. Additionally, a valid resume and Standard First Aid & CPR-C certification must be uploaded.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered; it is your responsibility to complete the application in its entirety.

2. Written Test and CPR Evaluation– Monday, September 9th 2019 at 5:30pm at SSC 3022.

  • All applicants should attend Stage 2.
  • The written test will be an original test created by SERT based on concepts found in the Standard First Aid and CPR-C course. It will be different from the tests used in certification courses or during previous application cycles.
  • The test will include a combination of multiple choice and short answer questions.
  • Applicants will also be asked to perform basic CPR at the standards at which they are trained (i.e, if you are HCP, you will be asked to perform CPR as taught to you through the HCP standards).
  • Successful applicants will be invited to stage 3.

3. Mini Interviews – Tuesday, September 10th – Wednesday, September 11th 2019 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

  • Stage 3 is by invitation only.
  • Applicants will take part in sequential interviews as well as attend a lesson and demonstration of a first-aid related skill.
  • Applicants are not required to bring anything to this stage; applicants should be prepared to discuss their skill sets and past experiences at the interviews.
  • It is recommended that applicants dress in comfortable attire, as the demonstration of a first-aid related skill may require freedom of mobility.
  • Successful applicants will be invited to stage 4.

4. Skills Testing – Thursday, September 12th – Friday, September 13th 2019 from 5:30pm to 10:30pm

  • Stage 4 is by invitation only.
  • This stage is a practical first aid/CPR skills evaluation lasting for approximately 30 minutes and containing multiple first aid situations.
  • Time slot sign up will be first come, first serve.
  • Please wear clothing appropriate for the weather. This stage involves running and applicants should prepare to get dirty.
  • SERT provides any and all necessary equipment; you are just required to attend.
  • Successful applicants will be invited to stage 5.

5. Interview – Saturday, September 14th 2019 starting at 8:30am in the Student Health Services Resource Room

  • Stage 5 is by invitation only.
  • This stage is an in-person interview with SERT.
  • You will be asked to bring a copy of your course schedule.
  • Successful applicants will then be invited to stage 6.

6. Emergency Medical Responder Course – September 15th, 2019 to September 29th, 2019

  • Stage 6 is by invitation only.
  • Applicants will complete the 104-hour Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder Course, learn team protocol/medical directives and meet senior SERT members.
  • 100% attendance is mandatory, no matter your previous level of certification or experience.  Applicants already certified in EMR must still attend entire course. Conflicts between lectures/labs/Western exams will be accommodated, if possible.
  • The cost for this course will be approximately $450 in the 2018/2019 application cycle (price is subject to change). Payment plans are available but this course must be paid for in full by all applicants taking the course regardless of successful completion of the course, or successfully joining SERT.
  • Applicants must also attend the SERT team training on September 29th, 2019, 4:30pm to 9:30pm.

7. Situation Testing Day – Saturday October 5th, 2019

  • Stage 7 is by invitation only; passing Red Cross EMR does not guarantee an invitation to Stage 7.
  • Applicants will respond with senior members in groups of two or three to multiple mock situations around Western’s Campus.
  • All skills (EMR, protocols, critical thinking, team work, communication, leadership, etc.) are evaluated at this stage.
  • You MUST pass this evaluation and perform to SERT’s Standard of Care in order to be granted a spot on the team. SERT’s Standard of Care will be taught and emphasized throughout the EMR course.
  • We welcome unsuccessful applicants as volunteers to act as fake injured patients during the simulated first aid situations.

8. Documentation- Before First Shift

  • ALL potential members are required to provide a criminal background check with vulnerable sector screening. Anyone who has been convicted of a federal offence in Canada or abroad will not be granted a position on SERT.
  • All potential members are required to provide proof of immunization including a negative two step TB test.
  • All potential members must maintain an acceptable level of fitness.
  • All potential members must be able to carry weight ≥ 20 lbs. for extended periods of time.

Other Ways To Get Involved

SERT regularly needs volunteers to assist us by posing as injured patients during the application process each September, as well as our biannual evaluation of team member skills each October and January. This volunteer opportunity is open to anyone interested in getting involved with SERT but is unable to make the time commitment necessary to become a member. SERT welcomes volunteers of all ages. If you are interested in volunteering with us as an injured patient, please email

Thank you for your interest in SERT, and we look forward to meeting you throughout our applications process!