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An intermediate Vancouver workplace first aid course leading to OFA 2 attendant certification.

Vancouver Occupational First Aid Level 2

Vancouver Occupational First Aid Level 2

An intermediate Vancouver workplace first aid course leading to OFA 2 attendant certification.

The Vancouver WorkSafeBC Occupational First Aid Level 2 course is an intermediate level first aid course designed for urban first aid attendants - typically in larger low-risk workplaces or higher risk workplaces within 20 minutes surface travel to the hospital. WorkSafeBC has authorized Alert First-Aid to teach this workplace first aid program, and successful candidates will leave the course as certified Level 2 First Aid attendants, recognized by WorkSafeBC.

This is a hands-on, learner-centred course with experienced and friendly instrutors. There are no prerequisites, however you should be prepared for an intense course with additional reading outside of scheduled hours.

We are doing our best to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and masks that securely cover the nose and mouth will be required for the duration of the course. You can find our full COVID-19 Safety Plan in the resources section.

Full Course Length 35 hours - $495.00 Register Now
Recertification 14 hours - $275.00

Course Details

Topics Covered

Occupational First Aid Level 2 includes:

  • Responsibilities of an OFA
  • Preparing to Respond
  • Facial Injuries
  • Partially Blocked Airways
  • Electric Shock
  • Falls
  • Internal Bleeding
  • Fractures
  • Abdominal and Chest Injuries
  • Hypoxic Head Injuries
  • Facial Burns
  • Head Trauma
  • Massive Bleeding
  • Chest Pain

FAQ's

What is the difference between level 1 and level 2 first aid?

Worksafe BC OFA Level 1 is a one day course meant to train a First Aid attendant in the basic skills necessary to provide first aid in low-risk environments, or for a smaller number of workers. Level 2 however is a 5 day intensive course geared toward training First Aid attendants who might be responsible for a large number of workers and more dangerous job sites.

OFA Level 2 also involves much more rigorous practical skills testing to make sure that everyone who is certified has demonstrated that they are ready to put their first aid skills into action when a real emergency happens on the job.

What does an OFA Level 2 first aid certificate enable you to do?

As a certified OFA Level 2 First Aid attendant you will be eligible to be a designated first aid attendant for most busy, high risk worksites and low risk worksites that have 50 or more workers at a time - as long as your worksite is within 20 minutes travel (by ground) to a hospital. If your worksite is more than 20 minutes travel to a hospital, then OFA Level 3 is the appropriate certification for these types of worksites.

Some people with OFA Level 2 certification get hired specifically to be on-site first aid attendants, especially higher risk worksites where the job may be combined with other safety related tasks as a full time position. More often, OFA Level 2 first aid attendants will take on this role in addition to regular work duties, often with additional pay or benefits. Being a certified Level 2 first aid attendant can definitely boost your employability!

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 2 recertification course, those with a current/valid OFA Level 2 certificate and CPR certification within the past 6 months are eligible to challenge the OFA Level 2 exam during the final two days of the course.

There are no recertification classes at this time. Please check back.

Materials

First Aid Course Materials for Occupational First Aid Level 2 in Vancouver

The Occupational First Aid Level 2 (OFA 2) course includes the following materials:

  • WorkSafeBC Occupational First Aid Level 2 Training Guide (hard copy)
  • WorkSafeBC Occupational First Aid Level 2 Reference Manual (hard copy)

Where to find us:

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Who should take this course?

  • Occupational First Aid Level 2 attendants - typically in larger low-risk workplaces or higher risk workplaces within 20 minutes surface travel to 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 2 course, we offer this course in the following locations:

Vancouver | Burnaby | New Westminster | Port Moody | Port Coquitlam | Coquitlam | Richmond | North Vancouver

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

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