In B.C., workplace first aid attendants must have a certificate that is recognized by WorkSafeBC. The level of first aid services required for a workplace depends on the number of workers, distance to medical aid, and industry hazard rating. Thompson Rivers University is an authorized provider of the following first aid training programs under WorkSafeBC to certify attendants who successfully complete the programs:
|OFA Level 1
|Basic level first aid training and certification
|OFA Level 2
|Intermediate-level first aid training and certification
|OFA Transportation Endorsement
|Training required for transportation of injured workers as required by Schedule 3-A
|OFA Level 3
|Advanced level of first aid training and certification
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 a picture ID at the start of class. Acceptable photo identification includes a driver's license, student card, recreation center pass, BCID, or passport.
February 26, 2024 ( Full )
March 2, 2024 (Full)
Course Duration: 8 classroom learning hours
Course Fee: $165 (includes student manual and pocket mask)
This WorkSafeBC course provides Occupational First Aid, Level 1 and 2 certificate holders with the required training to move injured workers. The curriculum includes:
- Patient handling and lifting techniques
- Use of the spine board and basket stretchers
- Spinal immobilization techniques
- Patient assessment and treatment during transport
- Critical interventions
- Transportation method
Upon successful completion, you will receive a Transportation endorsement certificate. This certificate expires with the Occupational First Aid Level 1 or 2 certificates.
A transportation endorsement ticket is required in any Class A hazard job that is located more than 20 minutes of surface travel from a hospital when the crew size is two to 10 workers.
Prerequisite: A valid Occupational First Aid Level 1 or 2 certificate. Candidates must be at least 16 years of age. Please bring Occupational First Aid, Level 1 or Level 2 certificate, and photo ID to class.
Course Duration: 8 classroom learning hours
Course Fee: $165
OFA Level 3 courses are offered to qualified candidates for certification by WorkSafeBC as first aid attendants in the industry. TRU provides instruction in both the theory and practice of first aid. Applicants must be 16 years of age or older and have at least Grade 10 reading comprehension skills. Students must bring a photo ID to class. Acceptable photo identification includes a driver's license, student card, recreation center pass, BCID, or passport. OFA Level 3 requires 70 hours of class time plus at least 35 hours of homework in the two-week course. Upon confirmation of registration, you will receive a handout of pre-reading assignments and exercises that must be done before the first class.
Course Date: March 4-15, 2024 (Full)
Time: Monday to Friday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Course Duration: 70 classroom hours + homework
Course Fee: $1,295 (includes books and pocket mask)
This one-day course is designed to build participant confidence in performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills in a team environment for professionals with a duty to respond. Teaches the important steps to perform a rapid assessment, perform Basic Life Support (BLS) skills, and perform rapid defibrillation including the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Airway Management and Oxygen Therapy will also be included in this course.
Course Duration: 8 classroom hours
Course Fee: $185
This one-day course on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) provides the skills needed to recognize and respond to cardiovascular emergencies and choking for adults, children, and babies depending on the level of CPR chosen. Courses meet legislation requirements for provincial/territorial worker safety and insurance boards and include the latest CPR guidelines and training in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).
Course Duration: 6.5 classroom hours