Become a Member

The application period for the 2020-2021 school year is officially open! Apply under the "surveys" portion of our website. Applications are due by October 9th at 23:59.

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. For the 2020-2021 academic year, a SFA & CPR-C certification is highly recommended, but not required in consideration of COVID-19. Applicants without certification are still eligible to apply, but may be at a disadvantage in regard to knowledge of first aid material. If this is the case, please contact efrtasst@msu.mcmaster.ca. 
  2. A written standard first aid test.
  3. An interview and practical CPR test.
  4. Two orientation weekends filled with fun and learning!

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Important Dates (from 2020-2021 application):



Application Release Date

September 1, 2020

Virtual EFRT Candidate Information Night (optional)

September 25, 2020

Application Due Date

October 9, 2020 (23:59)

Online Written Standard First Aid Test

October 11-14, 2020

Online Interviews

October 17-18, 2020

Candidate Workshops (optional)

October 21-22, 2020

Orientation Weekend 1

October 23 (evening), 24-25 (full day)

Candidate Practice Nights (optional)

Week of October 26, 2020

Pre-Evaluation Sit Night

October 30, 2020 (evening)

Orientation Weekend 2

October 31-November 1 2020 

Orientation Results

Week of November 1, 2020

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 certifications. If evidence cannot be provided by the application deadline due to a course that is in progress or other extenuating circumstances, please email efrtasst@msu.mcmaster.ca for potential accomodations.  

Written Standard First Aid Test:

All applications who apply online will be required to attend a written SFA test during a chosen time slot. If you cannot attend any of the time slots, please email efrtasst@msu.mcmaster.ca, and we will do our best to accomodate you. It is recommended that applicants review their first aid course content (or any other resources) prior to this stage. For those applying without certification, the First Aid Comprehensive Guide is a great resource that extensively covers first aid material. 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 any of the interview time slots, 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 interviews, followed by completing a practical test. It is recommended that candidates review their first aid skills prior to the interview. Out of the interviewed applicants, approximately 36 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 two and will respond to approximately 10 simulated emergency situations. 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, as well as complete a final online knowledge assessment. Success in the group scenarios, individual scenarios, and knowledge test 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 Jade Wang at efrtasst@msu.mcmaster.ca. 

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