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A learner-centred advanced workplace first aid course leading to OFA 3 attendant certification.

Occupational First Aid Level 3

Occupational First Aid Level 3

A learner-centred advanced workplace first aid course leading to OFA 3 attendant certification.

The WorkSafeBC Occupational First Aid Level 3 course is an advanced first aid training course designed for Level 3 First Aid Attendants working at large worksites or high-risk workplaces that are more than 20 minutes from the hospital. This course will prepare you for the most common workplace injuries, including falls, cardiac emergencies, shock, bleeding, and more. You'll also learn how to make a transport decision, as well as packaging patients and patient care during transport.

While there is no prerequisite, this is an intensive course that covers a lot of material. Please be prepared for extra reading and practice outside of scheduled course hours.

Full Course Length 70 hours View Locations
Recertification 14 hours

Course Details

Topics Covered

Occupational First Aid Level 3 includes:

  • Responsibilities of an OFA
  • Preparing to Respond
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Priority Action Approach
  • Transportation Decisions
  • Adult CPR and AED
  • Shock
  • Minor Injuries
  • Bleeding
  • Fainting and Seizures
  • Sudden Medical Emergencies
  • Stroke
  • Exposure to Heat and Cold

FAQs

What is the highest level of first aid?

This is a difficult question to answer precisely as there are different types of first aid courses, and ‘First Aid’ can sometimes overlap into ‘Professional Responder’ training, and still be called ‘First Aid’. In BC, this is clearly defined for Occupational First Aid, where the highest level of first aid is OFA Level 3. For community oriented first Aid, Standard First Aid is the highest level before getting into Professional Responder courses. For Marine First Aid the highest level defined by Transport Canada is Marine Advanced First Aid. For those who need first aid in remote settings, Wilderness First Aid is the highest level. All of that being said, there are Professional Responder courses that go beyond some of these, such as First Responder, Emergency Medical Responder, and Wilderness First Responder courses for those who want to go beyond learning ‘first aid’.

What is the difference between Level 2 and Level 3 First Aid?

OFA Level 3 First Aid attendants learn and practice a number of skills that OFA Level 2 attendants do not. Level 3 is a full two-week (80hr) course compared to Level 2 which is only one-week (40hr). OFA 3 is geared toward people who will be the first aid attendant for worksites that are further from a hospital (more than 20 minutes) where they may need to care for seriously injured workers for a longer time. First and foremost a Level 3 First Aid attendant will learn to move trauma patients, package them for transport, and care for them enroute in an Emergency Transport Vehicle. A Level 3 first aid attendant will also become proficient with a more detailed assessment model and have a greater set of tools for managing patients who are critically injured - including assisted ventilations and other critical interventions.

Certification

You will receive your permanent wallet certificate at the end of the day after successfully completing the written exam and demonstrating all skills. Certification is valid for 3 years.

Recertification

While there is no OFA Level 3 recertification course, those with a current/valid OFA Level 3 certificate and CPR certification within the past 6 months are eligible to challenge the OFA Level 3 exam during the final two days of the course.

Training Schedules & Locations
There are no recertification classes at this time. Please check back.

Materials

First Aid Course Materials for Occupational First Aid Level 3

The Occupational First Aid Level 3 (OFA 3) course includes the following materials:

  • WorkSafeBC Occupational First Aid Level 3 Training Guide (hard copy)
  • WorkSafeBC Occupational First Aid Level 3 Reference Manual (hard copy)

 

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Who should take this course?

  • Occupational First Aid Level 3 attendants - typically working at large worksites or high-risk workplaces that are more than 20 minutes from the hospital

Looking for a group class?

If you have a group of people and would like us to come to you to teach a
Occupational First Aid Level 3 course, we offer this course in the following locations:

Victoria | Langford | Esquimalt | Sooke | Cobble Hill | Mill Bay | Duncan | Lake Cowichan | Cedar | Ladysmith | Nanaimo | Parksville | Qualicum Beach | Port Alberni | Coombs | Parksville | Campbell River | Saltspring Island | Pender Island | Powell River | Gabriola Isand | Burnaby | Coquitlam | Delta | Langley | Maple Ridge | New Westminster | North Vancouver | Pitt Meadows | Port Moody | Richmond | Surrey | Vancouver | West Vancouver | White Rock | Langley |

Give us a call at 1.866.282.5378, or send us an email at to arrange a group course.

Your fun energy made the course enjoyable. Thanks for keeping it up, it was a long day of classes for us so we appreciated it! 

Ryan Heron CPR HCP, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Great course! Gary is a very strong and proficient teacher. The activities were fun and informative. I’ll be back for future courses!

Adam Johnston Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Best 1st aid course I've taken. Thoroughly enjoyed Gary's presentation. Very helpful.

Carol Strynadka Emergency First-Aid, Nanaimo, BC More Testimonials

I liked how everything was hands on. It helped to make it more interesting and an effective way to learn. The instructor was funny and knowledgeable which kept the class fun and interesting.

Francesca Maria Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Great pace, thorough, kept energy up and positive. Really well done! Thanks.

Marlene Slavik Emergency Childcare First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Kendall is great, enthusiastic and fun with this course. Great hands on tasks were given.

Kayla Yaghi Emergency First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Nathan was thorough, high energy and very friendly! Working with barriered youth can be a challenge and Nathan was absolutely fantastic with our group!

Julia-Anne Morris Basic First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

This is one of the first times I've left the class feeling completely confident with what I learned

Tina Halasz CPR, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Scenarios were well thought out and realistic. Enjoyed all the variety and encouragement. Mike was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Thank you. Training aids were extensive, demos helpful and info current.

Chris Smith Wilderness & Remote First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

I came and got the manual beforehand so I could pre-read. I found this helpful as I had some context and knowledge before the information was delivered. Nathan was a great instructor. Would take a course from him again.

Bernice Hennessy Emergency First-Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials
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