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Further short-term extensions of Occupational First Aid Certificates

Published on: May 26, 2020

As British Columbia begins to reopen its doors, access to first aid training will increase across the province. We expect first aid attendants with expired certificates will seek recertification as soon as training is available.

Meanwhile, to further accommodate physical distancing and safe practices, WorkSafeBC has extended first aid certificates with expiry dates between March 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020. These certificates will now be acceptable in the workplace for 180 days beyond their original expiry date. Certificates will not be reprinted, and no further action is needed from either first aid attendants or employers to qualify for an extension.

If you are unable to recertify immediately, you can brush up on your skills with these OFA Level 1 videos and first aid reference manuals while you wait for training.

WorkSafeBC will continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and recommendations put forth by federal and provincial agencies. Should an additional extension be required, we will release further information and direction at that time.