Campus Response Team (CRT)

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Established in 1998, the Campus Response Team (CRT) is a student-run service that provides support to the UWaterloo main campus. By offering their services to all major events and activities taking place on campus, CRT plays a crucial role in the safety of students. Through rigorous training of its members, CRT is equipped to provide assistance in emergency situations requiring First Aid and CPR. In cases of more serious emergencies that may occur during an event, CRT responders are trained to take charge of a scene and provide the initial response prior to the arrival of Emergency Medical Services (EMS). 


  1. Campus response team logoTo inform students on how to improve their health, safety and quality of life by providing training and community service. 
  2. To increase student safety at events and across campus by providing trained volunteers to offer first aid, CPR, and the necessary medical supplies. 

  3. To build awareness of health and safety issues across campus. 

Get involved

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Waterloo? Do you have a valid First Aid and CPR certification? Are you able to commit to two terms? Apply to join the Campus Response Team today! 

To be eligible to apply to CRT, you: 

  • Must be an undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Waterloo. 
  • Must have a valid Standard First Aid and CPR-C certification or higher (CPR BLS is recommended) from a recognized Canadian agency approved by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario. Please refer to the Providers approved to deliver Emergency and Standard First Aid on the WSIB website. 
  • Must be able to commit to a minimum of two terms with CRT. 

Check our social media platforms or email us at to learn more about our application process. Typically, we take on new rookies at the start of each term so keep an eye out on our platforms around those times. 

Additional information

  • CRT’s official standard of care is Standard First Aid and BLS. All applicants must hold a valid certification of at least Standard First Aid (SFA), certified and issued by a recognized agency according to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). SFA certifications issued by these agencies are typically valid for three years but may vary depending on the agency. 
  • All successful applicants will be required to complete a First Responder course during their second term on the team. This course provides training on all aspects of first aid and CPR, including spinal injuries, heat or cold injuries, bone and joint injuries, abdominal and chest injuries, burns, and medical/legal aspects. 
  • All applicants to CRT must be current undergraduate or graduate students at the time of application.  
  • Typically, CRT members are required to take about 20 hours of shifts during the term, in addition to doing 2 hours of Advocacy and Promotions (AnP) work. However, this is subject to change depending on the term due to COVID restrictions. Responders must also attend mandatory training sessions throughout the term (see below). 


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