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Continuing Studies: First Aid

At Thompson Rivers University, Williams Lake campus, the following first aid courses are offered:


General First Aid

First aid is an important part of everyday life, at home, work or at play. Everyone should learn first aid and be willing to provide basic care until emergency assistance arrives. There are many different types of first aid available so how do you know which one best fits you and your life style? At TRU-WL we offer the following courses:

- Occupational First Aid Level 1
- Occupational First Aid Level 3
- Transportation Endorsement 

Do you know what you need to meet the WorkSafeBC regulations? It all depends on the number of employees, the type of work your company performs, and your location. To determine which Workplace First Aid meets the need for your business go to the WorksafeBC website.

Red Cross

- Standard First Aid with CPR-C
- Basic Life Support with Airway Management and Oxygen Therapy
- Emergency Child Care First Aid

Check with your employer or educational institution to confirm which course you require.

Acceptable Photo Identification includes Driver's License, Student Card, BCID, or Passport.

Occupational First Aid Level 1  •  XOCH 0800

This 8-hour program equips you with the emergency skills needed to stabilize an injured person until trained help arrives. Areas covered include use of AED, bleeding control, CPR, and conscious and unconscious choking. Students must show photo ID. Successful students will receive a recognized WorkSafe BC certificate. Tuition includes textbook and pocket mask.

Requirement: Photo ID

Dates:  Sat, April 1 (The April 1 class is full.  Please contact 250-392-8010 or to be put on the waitlist for the April 1 class.)

             Sat, April 22

Times:  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Fee: $165 (textbook and pocket mask included)

No late admittance, no refund for late or no shows

Occupational First Aid Level 3  •  XOCH 0820

The OFA Level 3 program has been designed to provide the first aid attendant with the skills to function as part of an effective first aid program in the workplace. The course consists of 20 lessons involving classroom study and practice. Home study, including pre-reading for each lesson and completion of homework is essential.

This course is physically demanding and requires prolonged kneeling, but additional kneeling comfort can be provided upon request to the instructor.

Requirement: Photo ID


March 20 - 31     |     June 19 - 30     |     July 24 - Aug 4

Times: Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. for 2 weeks

Fee: $1,295 (textbook and pocket mask included)

No late admittance, no refund for late or no shows

Transportation Endorsement  •  XOCH 0780

As an endorsement to the OFA Level 1 certificate, this course meets the needs of those responsible for transporting injured workers to medical aid from more remote settings. Endorsement expires with the OFA Level I certificate. You must hold a valid OFA Level 1 certificate to receive the endorsement. 

Requirements: Current OFA Level I certificate and photo ID.

Dates:  TBA

Times: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Fee: $165 (textbook included)

No late admittance, no refund for late or no shows

Red Cross Basic Life Support with Airway Management and Oxygen Therapy  •  XOCH 0690

This 1-day First Aid course offers training in:  CPR airway emergencies, use of AED, oxygen therapy, primary assessment, airway obstruction, assisted ventilation, and basic life support special considerations.

Requirement: Photo ID

Date:   Sat, March 25, 2023

 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Fee: $185

No late admittance, no refund for late or no shows

 Red Cross Standard First Aid with CPR-C and AED  •  XOCH 0840

This 2-day First Aid course offers training in: CPR C airway emergencies, breathing and circulation emergencies, head and spine injuries, wound care and more.

Requirement: Photo ID

Dates: TBA

Times: Sat/ Sun 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Fee: $255

No late admittance, no refund for late or no shows

Red Cross Emergency Child Care First Aid  •  XOCH 0880 

This 8-hour emergency response care program offers an overview of first aid and CPR skills, the EMS system, bone/muscle/ joint injuries, wound care, head and spine injuries, and much more. The course includes a focus on childhood injuries and illnesses. This course was designed for those working with children as well as for parents/caregivers.

Requirement: Photo ID 

Dates: Fri, March 31

Times: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Fee: $185

 No late admittance, no refund for late or no shows

Mental Health First Aid for Adults who Interact with Youth  •  XOCH 0060

This 14-hour course focuses on the basics of providing mental health support to youth aged 12-24.  Participants will be better prepared to interact confidently with the young people in their lives who are struggling with mental health.  Topics covered include substance overdose, suicidal behaviours, panic attacks, acute stress reactions, psychotic episodes, common disorders, trauma, and anxiety.


- Minimum age of 19 years old
- Only those participants who attend the full course will be deemed to have successfully completed the course and therefore eligible to receive a certificate

Dates/ Times:

May 9 - 10 (Tues/ Wed)
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Fee:  $95

 No late admittance, no refund for late or no shows

Late policy for ALL First Aid courses:

WorkSafe BC Regulations require all First Aid courses to start at the scheduled time. Due to the amount of time required for the approved curriculum, late students will not be permitted to join a class in session.

Late or no show students are not eligible for refunds.

Contact Continuing Studies at 250-392-8010 or email to have your name placed on an interest list for upcoming course information.