First Aid

WorkSafeBC (WSBC)

As of July 1 2018, all WorkSafeBC first aid courses have updated curriculum and equipment. The deadline for companies to have their equipment updated has not yet been announced by WorkSafeBC.


This six-hour Red Cross Course on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) provides the skills to recognize and respond to cardiovascular emergencies and choking for adults, children and babies.

Fee: $105

Mar 11, Mon, 8:30 am–4:30 pm

Occupational First Aid, Level 1 • XOCH 0800

This is the WorkSafeBC basic one-day course designed to provide life-saving first aid skills to workers in industry. The curriculum includes the primary survey, cervical spine (C-spine) control, CPR, airway and breathing interventions, small-wound management and records and reports. You must demonstrate competency in your practical skills and achieve 70% on a multiple-choice exam. Successful students receive a certificate valid for three years. WorkSafeBC recommends that students take a CPR class half way through their certification period. Students must be at least 16 years of age and provide photo ID. Please dress comfortably.

Fee: $120

Thursday, Dec 6
Friday, January 18
Monday, February 4
Friday, March 15
Monday, April 1
Monday, May 13
Friday, June 14
Friday, July 19
Tuesday, August 13

Transportation Endorsement • XOCH 0780

This WorkSafeBC course provides Occupational First Aid, Level 1 and 2 certificates 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 certificate.

A transportation endorsement ticket is required in any Class A hazard job that is located more than 20 minutes 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 Firs Aid, Level 1 or Level 2 certificate and photo ID to class.

Fee: $120

Oct 26, Fri, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Dec 7, Fri, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Feb 5, Tue, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Apr 12, Fri, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
May 14, Tue, 8:30 am–4:30 pm

Occupational First Aid, Level 3 • XOCH 0820

This WorkSafe BC comprehensive first aid course covers the medical techniques considered to be within the responsibility of the first-aid attendant providing emergency care in industry. The program is 70 hours and the curriculum includes:

  • Basic life support and CPR (CPR A)
  • Patient assessment
  • Critical airway and respiratory, interventions with C-spine management, including insertion of oral airways, use of oxygen therapy equipment and bag valve mask
  • Circulatory interventions and management
  • Small wound, soft tissue and fracture management
  • Rapid transport criteria
  • Suction

The final written exam is scheduled at the end of the course, with your practical skills tested throughout the course.

Successful candidates will receive a certificate valid for three years.

Please bring photo ID to the first class.

It is highly recommended that you—especially if you’re a first-time student—pick up your books early as there is pre-reading and homework that needs to be completed.

This WorkSafeBC program is designed for remote worksites or employers with large workforces located more than 20 minutes from medical aid.

Please note: You do not have to take Level 1 or Level 2 to take Level 3.

Fee: $895

Clearwater Nov 12–23
Valemount Jan 7–18
Kamloops Feb 25–Mar 8

Wilderness First Aid

Wilderness Medical Associates International (WMA). WMA is devoted to the development of remote and practical medicine. The cutting edge curriculum is overseen and continually revised by a committee of medical practitioners and has been taught on all seven continents.

Successful completion with certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills and a successful grade on a final written exam. Students must be at least 16 years old to participate in this course. Those under 18 years of age require the written consent of a parent or guardian.

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) • XADV 2030

The WFR is the ideal medical training for leaders in remote areas including outdoor educators, guides, military, professional search and rescue teams, researchers and those involved in disaster relief. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical, it includes the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments for days and weeks if necessary. This program is eight days in length

Fee: $950

Schedule: Mar 31–Apr 7, 8 am–6 pm

Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) • XOCH 0332

WAFA is comprehensive medical training designed for remote professionals or wilderness leaders who venture into remote and challenging environments. Wilderness medicine differs significantly from standard first aid and other training courses that are oriented to urban environments. This course teaches you how to manage medical emergencies when hospitals and rescue services may not be available for an extensive time. Enhance your ability to deal with emergency situations that involve prolonged patient care, severe environments and improvised equipment.

Fee: $525

Schedule: Mar 31–Apr 3, 8 am–6 pm

Bridge (WAFA to WFR)/Recertification • XOCH 0334

The WAFA to WFR Bridge course upgrades the Wilderness Advanced First Aid to a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) in four days. This course must be taken within three years of receiving the WMA international WAFA certification or an equivalent from another provider. The WFR is the definitive medical training course for all outdoor professionals and enthusiasts. This course may be used as a recertification for those holding a current WFR certification or equivalent from another provider whose original WFR training was at least 64 hours in length. Current WMA International Wilderness EMTs may also use this course to recertify the wilderness portion of their certification.

Fee: $525

Schedule: Apr 4–7, 8 am–6 pm

Avalanche Skills Training 1

Do you venture out of bounds, off the trails or into the backcountry? AST 1 is your place to start. You don’t need any experience to take this course. It is a must for everyone recreating in the backcountry or slackcountry.

You will learn how to recognize avalanche terrain and how to self-rescue. An AST 1 is a minimum of two days with both classroom and field components. Recognize that an AST 1 course is only the beginning—the avalanche pros will tell you avalanche training is a lifelong process.

AST 1 course content:

  • Avalanche formation and release
  • Identify avalanche terrain
  • The basics of trip planning
  • Optimal use of tools and resources like the avalanche forecast to mitigate your avalanche risk use
  • Appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain
  • Intro to companion rescue

Please contact the TRU office if you are interested in this course.

FoodSafe, Level 1 • XOCH 0850

This is a food handling sanitation and work safety course designed for food service operators and front line food service workers such as cooks, servers, bussers, dishwashers and deli workers. The course covers important food safety and worker safety information including foodborne illness, receiving and storing food, preparing food serving food, cleaning and sanitizing.

Please contact the TRU office to confirm dates and times. Work is in progress to offer this course to the communities of Barriere and Clearwater using ITV video conferencing.

Fee: $115

Sept 28, 29,
Fri, 6:30–9:30 pm, Sat 9 am–3 pm

Nov 30, Dec 1,
Fri, 6:30–9:30 pm, Sat 9 am–3 pm

Feb 22, 23,
Fri, 6:30–9:30 pm, Sat 9am–3 pm

Apr 26, 27,
Fri, 6:30–9:30 pm, Sat 9 am–3 pm

June 7, 8,
Fri, 6:30–9:30 pm, Sat 9 am–3 pm

Ground Disturbance, Level 2 • XWRK 0590

This one-day program is designed for anyone supervising a ground disturbance, independently performing a ground disturbance, or issuing and receiving ground disturbance permits. The program ensures that all Level 2 personnel are familiar with, and fully understand, all the regulations and variances involved when a ground disturbance takes place. Certification is valid for three years.

Fee: $350

Schedule: Oct 30, Tue, 8:30 am–4:30 pm

Confined Space Entry • XWRK 0880

This course prepares you to work safely in confined spaces and is ideal for workers, supervisors and safety personnel.

Topics include:

  • What is confined space
  • Hazards and identification
  • Preparation for entry
  • Working in confined spaces
  • SCBA
  • Rescue exercises

Successful completion requires full course attendance, a written examination and a demonstration of practical skills, including entry into a confined space and rescue simulation wearing self-contained breathing apparatus. An industry standard training certificate valid for three years will be issued.

Fee: $375

Schedule: Oct 31, Wed 8:30 am–4:30 pm

Traffic Control Person (TCP) • XFLG 0610

This comprehensive, two-day standardized course for Traffic Control Persons (TCPs) consists of classroom and practical training and is the only program of its kind accepted by WorkSafeBC under Section 18 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations for high-risk traffic control.

This two-day training session is designed to qualify those who work as high-risk TCPs throughout BC.

You will learn:

  • Roles and responsibilities of TCPs, employers and supervisors
  • Regulations and standards, including those set out by Ministry of Transportation, WorkSafeBC and the Motor Vehicle Act
  • Traffic control equipment and devices, including personal protective equipment
  • Setting up, maintaining and removing work zones
  • Working around equipment
  • Basic and advanced traffic control skills

To successfully complete the course, you must pass the written exam with a minimum mark of 80% and the practical evaluation with 100%. Records of completion are provided by the BC Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA) and are valid for three years. The BCCSA is the WorkSafeBC approved certifier of al high-risk traffic control persons in BC.

Fee: $375

Schedule: Apr 27 & 28, Sat & Sun 8:30 am–4:30 pm

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