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First Aid Courses Postponed—Given the current situation with COVID-19, and in the interest of the health and safety of our university community, we are postponing First Aid courses until further notice. Please contact us at csinfo@tru.ca to add your name to course waitlists.

XOCH 0800 WorkSafe BC Occupational First Aid Level 1

  • Dates TBA
  • 8:30-4:30
  • $110

You will learn the priority action approach to provide lifesaving first aid enabling you to keep your co-worker or yourself alive until help arrives. Skills include primary survey, management of obstructed airway, one-person CPR with AED, shock and bleeding management, as well as how to treat minor wounds. No previous first aid training is required. Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a three-year certificate. The minimum age limit is 16 years of age. Students must provide picture ID at start of class. Acceptable photo identification includes driver's license, student card, recreation centre pass, BCID, or passport. Required: Valid ID

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XOCH 0780 WorkSafe BC Transportation Endorsement

  • Dates TBA
  • 8:30-4:30
  • $120

This WorkSafeBC course is available to Occupational First Aid, Level 1 , Occupational First Aid, Level 2, and equivalent course certificate holders. You will learn how to move injured worker by using handling and lifting techniques, spin boards and basket stretcher, spine immobilization techniques, assessment and treatment during transport, and transportation menthods. Cerification expires with your Occupational First Aid, Level 1, Occupational First Aid, Level 2 or equivalent certificate. Required: Valid ID, Valid Occupational First Aid, Level 1, Occupational First Aid, Level 2, or equivalent certificate

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About the courses

WorkSafeBC (WSBC) certificates are valid for three years. WSBC suggests workers refresh their skills by taking a CPR course halfway through their three-year certification period.

Students must be at least 16 years of age and provide photo ID. Please dress comfortably. You will take turns being a ‘patient’ and the first aid attendant during practical skills exercises.

The certificate is issued to those students who demonstration competency with the practical skills and score 70 percent or more on the written exam.

WorkSafeBC recognizes the following certificates as equivalent to the Occupational First Aid, Level 1 (OFA 1):

  • Red Cross Emergency First Aid
  • Red Cross Standard First Aid

Questions and answers

 How do I know if this is the right course for me?

The WSBC first aid courses provide the first aid certification necessary for the industrial work place.

Descriptions of each course will help you decide which course is best for you. If in doubt, please check with your employer.

All occupational courses include cardiopulmonary resuscitation, CPR A (adults) and the automated external defibrillators, AED.

 How long before I need to recertify?

The WSBC certificates are valid for three years. WSBC suggests workers refresh their CPR skills halfway (18 months) through their three-year certification period.

 What are equivalent courses?

Equivalent courses are courses that WSBC recognizes as equivalent to their Occupational First Aid, Level 1.

At this time there are no equivalencies to the Occupational First Aid, Level 2 and 3, or for the Transportation Endorsement.

The most recent recognized courses equivalent to Occupational First Aid, Level 1 are the Red Cross Emergency and Red Cross Standard First Aid.

Red Cross Standard First Aid is the course many Alberta companies require for employment. Please check with your company/employer to determine the best course for you.

A list of equivalent courses is available online.

 How old do you have to be to take the course?

It is recommended that student be 16 years of age. It is up to the employer to ensure the age of their employee.

 What should I bring to the course?

All student material will be supplied; you are welcome to bring a snack and lunch.

Please dress comfortably. You will take turns being a ‘patient’ and the first aid attendant during the practical skills exercises.

 Is there a test?

A certificate is issued to those students who demonstrate competency with the practical skills and score 70 percent or more on a written exam.

 What if I lose my certificate?

To get a replacement certificate, please contact the Continuing Studies office, csinfo@tru.ca. The cost is $10, which may be deposited in your myTRU account or paid with a debit or credit card.

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