Become a Member

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Thank you for your interest in joining McMaster’s Emergency First Response Team (EFRT)!  This description aims to provide you with information regarding the tryout process for joining the team. The tryout process occurs once each year at the beginning of each academic year, and is split up into four separate sections:

  1. Online application and presentation of certifications
  2. A written standard first aid test
  3. An interview and practical CPR test
  4. Two orientation weekends filled with fun and learning

The EFRT Responder Applications will reopen August 1st. 

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Important Dates (from 2019-2020 application):

Please note that dates for 2020-2021 application cycle will differ from dates listed below



Application Release Date

August 1, 2019

EFRT Candidate Information Night (optional)

September 5, 2019: 17:30-20:00

Application Due Date

 September 8, 2019 (23:59)

Written Standard First Aid Test

September 11 and 12, 2019 (evening)

Interview Invitations Emailed

13 September, 2019


14-15 September, 2019

Interview Results

16 September, 2019

Candidate Workshops

18-19 September, 2019 (16:00-20:00)

Orientation Weekend 1

20 (evening) 21-22 (all day) September, 2019

Candidate Practice Nights

23-26 September, 2019 (16:00-20:00)

Pre-Evaluation Sit Night

27 September, 2019 (16:00-22:00)

Orientation Weekend 2

28-29 September, 2019

Orientation Results

1 October, 2019


Online Application:

In this part of the tryout process, candidates are required to fill out an online application, which involves providing personal information and answers to a few simple questions. At this time, applicants will need to submit a photocopy or image of their valid Standard First Aid and BLS certification, or Standard First Aid and HCP certifications. If evidence of these cannot be provided by the application deadline due to a course that is in progress, applicants must email proof of their certifications to efrtasst@msu.mcmaster.ca prior to their SFA test. These certifications are necessary in order to continue in the try-out process, and thus candidates will not be administered tests without providing proof.

Written Standard First Aid Test:

All applications who apply online and are able to supply valid SFA and BLS or SFA and CPR (HCP) certifications will be required to attend a written SFA test during a chosen time slot on September 11 and 12th. A Doodle Poll sign-up link will be available in the Online application, and a slot must be signed up for in order for candidates to continue in the process. If you cannot attend any time on September 11 or 12th, please email efrtasst@msu.mcmaster.ca, and we will do our best to accomodate you. It is recommended that applicants review their Standard First Aid and CPR (HCP) course content prior to this stage. From the initial applicant pool, approximately 84 of the top candidates will be chosen to move on to the next step.


The top 84 candidates from the written SFA test will be granted a spot in the interview stage of the tryouts. A Doodle Poll sign-up link will be emailed to the top 84 candidates, and applicants must sign-up for a time slot in order to interview. If you are unavailable for an interview during September 14-15, please email efrtasst@msu.mcmaster.ca, and we will try our best to accommodate you.

The interview process will include three different portions. Candidates will participate in several short (5 min) interviews, followed by completing a practical CPR test. It is recommended that candidates review their CPR-BLS skills prior to the interview. Out of the interviewed applicants, approximately 42 of the top candidates will be chosen to move on to the next step.

Orientation Weekends:

Orientation is a process that attempts to bring all candidates to the same level of training, works on candidate team skills, and gives each candidate an inside look into the workings of the team. The candidates that move onto this final step will receive the EFRT Candidate Manual. This manual, along with the included podcasts, will give the candidates all resources necessary to learn the material that will be taught throughout the rest of the tryout process. Additionally, there will be a series of optional workshops held in the week between interviews and the first weekend to reinforce this material. It is recommended that candidates attend as many workshops as possible, and review the material within the manual and podcasts prior to attending the first orientation weekend. There are two orientation weekends that candidates must attend. On the first Friday, candidates will be given the opportunity to meet the active EFRT team members, who will be responsible for candidate training and evaluation over the orientation process. Candidates will also be split into small groups and will get a chance to participate in icebreakers with other candidates in their group and with the EFRT group leaders. On the Saturday and Sunday of this weekend, candidates will learn the material required for the tryouts in a series of lectures and small group practice sessions. Lectures will be taught both by active team members and alumni members.

For the second weekend of orientation, candidates will be tested both individually and in a group at simulated scenarios. On the Friday evening, candidates will have one last opportunity to review concepts and fine tune their skills for the upcoming evaluation the next day. On the Saturday, candidates will be split into teams of three and will respond to approximately 10 simulated emergency situations located around the McMaster Campus. These are designed to represent possible emergencies that can occur on campus, and include simulated casualties with volunteer actors. On the Sunday, candidates will be tested individually in a final scenario that tests their ability to complete all required assessments on their own. Success in both the group scenarios and individual scenario is necessary in order to be selected for the team. 

Throughout the week between the orientation weekends, EFRT members will hold practice sessions in the evening from Monday to Thursday. Although these sessions are not mandatory, it is strongly recommended that you attend as many practice sessions as possible. At these sessions, candidates will get the chance to practice responding to simulated situations and will receive feedback from the EFRT instructors. These practice sessions not only allow candidates to practice their skills, but will also give them the opportunity to practice with their team members.

Although the number varies each year, around 10 candidates will successfully become members of the EFRT after the orientation process. Candidates are usually given their results within a couple of days following the second orientation weekend.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please email our Assistant Director Sophia Topper at efrtasst@msu.mcmaster.ca. 

Contact Details

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