First Aid & Safety

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Learn the basics and beyond in first aid and safety training. Let our trained instructors take you through the basics and beyond of how to keep yourself, your family and your co-workers healthy and safe in any situation. Our courses include Red Cross and WorkSafeBC certifications, avalanche training, firearms and hunting, and first aid for mental health. This category also includes wildfire fighting, babysitter and bear aware training. 

Please note:

  • Students are advised to wear long pants, shoes, and socks during all first aid courses.

  • First aid courses are physically demanding and require people to be in good physical condition.

  • Sometimes industries change the level of first aid required, so we advise you to consult with your employer, potential employer, organization, association or institution about what level of first aid you are required to have.


Occupational First Aid Level 2 Manual

This manual is designed to accompany Occupational First Aid (OFA) Level 2 training courses. Visit WorkSafeBC to download the most current Occupational First Aid Level 2 manual version.

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Occupational First Aid Level 3 Manual

This manual is designed to accompany Occupational First Aid (OFA) Level 3 training courses. Visit WorkSafeBC to download the most current Occupational First Aid Level 3 manual version.

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Canadian Firearms Safety Manual

This manual is designed to accompany the Canadian Firearms Safety: Non-Restricted and Restricted courses. Visit the Government of Canada website to download the digital version.

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Air Brakes Endorsement: Single Unit

To operate vehicles equipped with air brakes on a highway (other than a vehicle defined as a construction vehicle), you must have a BC Driver's licence with an air brake endorsement.

Babysitter Certificate: Red Cross

This course, open to youth aged 11–14, will teach general first-aid, basic childcare, what to do in an emergency, crafts, games and more.

Basic Life Support (BLS) with Oxygen Therapy (Dual Certificate)

This combined course is for in-facility care providers, including nursing staff, care aides, medical and dental professionals, and pre-hospital care providers, which may include professionals in fire service, rescue teams, sports medicine, lifeguards and ski patrol.

CPR Level C (Red Cross)

This course is for police, firefighters, first responders, workplace teams, nursing students, lifeguards as well as the general public. You'll learn CPR skills for people of all ages, along with use of barrier devices and automated external defibrillator (AED).

Fall Protection

Learn fall protection systems and review the regulations and standards to keep you safe.

Hunter Training (CORE)

The CORE course covers Safe Firearms handling, conservation, ethics, law & regulations, first aid & survival, and bird and animal identification. This course is required for BC residents 18+ years to obtain a BC Hunting Licence.

Marine Basic First Aid

This course uses a combination of lecture, discussion and scenarios taken from the marine/fishing industry to teach the required knowledge and skills. It meets the requirements of Transport Canada outlined in Transport Publication (TP) 13008 E.

Occupational First Aid (OFA): Level 1

Learn CPR/AED, how to deal with minor wounds, airway breathing, circulatory emergencies, and more. Completion of records and reports is part of the course. Know what to do until the paramedics arrive.

Occupational First Aid (OFA): Level 2

Occupational First Aid Level 2 is a comprehensive and intense 35-hour workplace first aid training course where students learn assessment and treatment skills required to be an OFA attendant who provides first aid care in the industry.

Workplace Hazardous Materials (Online)

Hazardous materials abound in many workplaces. Identify hazardous products, read and make labels, understand where to find treatment if you or someone else is exposed.