Become an ensa instructor!
As an ensa instructor you conduct the 12-hour ensa first aid course independently. It is suitable for companies, charitable organizations and the broader public.
In order to become an instructor you must be a holder of the ensa first aider certificate and apply to Pro Mente Sana for the five-day instructors’ course. Pro Mente Sana’s ensa trainers provide you with the knowledge necessary to conduct the course, and the required teaching material.
Before you can conduct ensa first aid courses on your own, you need to prove yourself in three courses, which you conduct in tandem with an experienced ensa instructor. Afterwards you can sign an agreement with Pro Mente Sana. Thereby you are entitled to conduct ensa first aid courses. This contract must be renewed annually. It governs the rights and obligations of both parties and gives you the right to use the ensa course platform. This enables instructors to advertise their courses, administer course participants and download teaching material and updates.
What does the instructor training entail?keyboard_arrow_downThe instructor training is carried out in two blocks. The first block of training consists of three consecutive days: On the first two days the standard ensa course is held. This gives the participants the opportunity to deepen and solidify the contents of the course. On day three, methodological/didactic inputs follow in order to prepare the participants for their role as ensa instructors. Professional inputs and background information on the development as well as the effectiveness of the course round off the programme. The participants take a short open book exam on the contents of the ensa course. The second block of training takes place about 2 weeks later and consists of two days. On these two days each prospective ensa instructors present a part of the ensa course. They receive feedback from the trainers and an evaluation of their presentation.
Who can become an instructor? What conditions must they fulfil?keyboard_arrow_downThe preconditions are an ensa first aider certificate, an open attitude towards people suffering from mental health issues, the readiness to conduct at least three ensa first aid courses a year, plus teaching experience and good communication skills. A broad knowledge of mental illnesses and their treatment would be an advantage, as would personal or professional experience with mental health disorders.
How do I become an ensa instructor?keyboard_arrow_downYou are already an ensa first aider. You present your suitability in an application form and submit it to the Pro Mente Sana foundation along with a brief CV via the contact form on this website. If your application is accepted, you will be trained by trainers of the Pro Mente Sana Foundation. The training lasts five days. In the first three-day part the subject matter and respective basics will be conveyed to you. Furthermore the agreement with Pro Mente Sana as a licence holder will be discussed. In the second part you will take the practical exam during two days. After passing the exam you complete three ensa courses as a prospective instructor together with an experienced ensa instructor. If you prove yourself in these three courses you will receive the yearly partner agreement, the instructor certificate and the instructor ID. You are thus entitled to conduct ensa first aid courses and receive your personal log-in on ensa.swiss in order to advertise and manage your own courses.
What does the instructor training cost?keyboard_arrow_downSpecial conditions apply during the introductory phase in 2019: the instructor training costs CHF 750. In exchange the instructors are willing to give feedback on the course and to participate in the annual instructor’s day. Presumably from 2020 onwards cost-covering prices will be charged for the instructor training