The JRCS organises the following five programmes:
- First Aid: Knowledge about the prevention of accidents in everyday life, and providing first aid to the sick and those who are wounded in accidents or disasters until they can receive attention from doctors or paramedics.
- Water Safety: Basics of swimming and self-protection as well as knowledge and skills in first aid in order to prevent the loss of human life in water accidents.
- Snow Safety: Prevention of accidents in places such as ski grounds, rescue of the wounded, and knowledge and skills in first aid.
- Child Safety: Prevention of accidents particular to infancy and their treatment, and knowledge and skills in responding to diseases that occur frequently in children.
- Healthy Life Course: Useful knowledge about how to live a healthy life, and how to provide supportive care to the elderly in need at home and within the community.
Each programme offers one or two types of courses, as illustrated in the chart below. Furthermore, since the use of the Automated External Defibrillator was recognised in Japan in July 2004, the JRCS also teaches students how to use an AED, within the Basic First Aid course. Besides offering safety courses to the general public, the JRCS also issues textbooks and booklets for each course. In addition, those who obtain drivers’ licenses are required to take first aid courses, and the JRCS provides first-aid demonstrations to driving instructors in accordance with the law. Upon request by the authorities, the JRCS also runs first-aid courses for elementary and secondary school teachers.
The JRCS developed Home Nursing Course into Healthy Life Course and implementing it since April 2009.