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Certificates accepted in B.C.

The first aid certificates shown here are accepted in B.C. workplaces. These examples should help you determine if a worker has proper certification to be the designated first aid attendant. Key elements that must be included in the certificate shown below:

  • Agency name
  • Certificate level
  • First aid attendant name
  • Expiry date
  • Unique certificate number
  • Issued in B.C., or B.C. out of jurisdiction certificate

Certificates are listed in reverse alphabetical order according to the name of the issuing agency (in other words, from Z to A).

WorkSafeBC - Level 1 (newer version)
WorkSafeBC Occupational First Aid Level 1 certificate
WorkSafeBC - Level 1 (older version prior to July 1,  2018)
WorkSafeBC - Level 1 - Out of Jurisdiction (newer version)
WorkSafeBC Occupational First Aid Level 1 Out of Jurisdiction ticket
WorkSafeBC - Level 1 - Out of Jurisdiction (older version prior to July 1, 2018)

WorkSafeBC - Level 1 - Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board (EMALB) First Responder* (newer version)

*Restricted to Municipal Fire Service only. Valid only if signed by a fire chief. See WCB Guidelines G3.15(b)-2 Municipal fire departments

WorkSafeBC - Level 1 - EMALB First Responder* (older version prior to July 1, 2018)

*Restricted to Municipal Fire Service only. Valid only if signed by a fire chief.
St. John Ambulance - Emergency First Aid for Industry (OFA Level 1 Equivalent)
 St.  John Ambulance B.C. Emergency First Aid for Industry (OFA Level 1 Equivalent) ticket 
St. John Ambulance - Emergency First Aid for Industry out of jurisdiction (OFA Level 1 Equivalent)
St. John Ambulance B.C. Emergency First Aid for Industry out of  jurisdiction (OFA Level 1 Equivalent) ticket
St. John Ambulance - Standard First Aid for Industry (OFA Level 1 Equivalent)
St. John Ambulance B.C. Standard First Aid for Industry (OFA Level 1 Equivalent) ticket 
St.  John Ambulance - Standard First Aid for Mines including Industry (OFA Level 1 Equivalent)
St. John Ambulance B.C. Standard First Aid for Mines including Industry (OFA Level 1 Equivalent) ticket
St. John Ambulance - Emergency First Aid for Industry (OFA Level 1 Equivalent)
St. John Ambulance - Standard First Aid for Industry (OFA Level 1 Equivalent)
St.  John Ambulance - Standard First Aid for Mines (OFA Level 1 Equivalent)
St. John Ambulance - Emergency First Aid for Industry out of jurisdiction (OFA Level 1 Equivalent)
St. John Ambulance Emergency First Aid for Industry out of jurisdiction (OFA Level 1 Equivalent) ticket
St. John Ambulance - Emergency First Aid for Industry out of jurisdiction (OFA Level 1 Equivalent)
St. John Ambulance Alberta Emergency First Aid for Industry out of Jurisdiction (OFA Level 1 Equivalent)
St. John Ambulance - Occupational First Aid Level 3 out of jurisdiction (OFA Level 3 Equivalent)
St. John Ambulance Alberta Occupational First Aid Level 3 out of jurisdiction (OFA Level 3 Equivalent) ticket
MedAire - (OFA Level 1 Equivalent)
MedAire certificate of completion
Lifesaving Society - Emergency First Aid (temporary) (OFA Level 1 Equivalent)
Lifesaving Society Emergency First Aid (temporary) (OFA Level 1 Equivalent) ticket
Lifesaving Society - Emergency First Aid Child & Residential Care (temporary) (OFA Level 1 Equivalent)
Lifesaving Society Emergency First Aid Child & Residential Care (temporary) (OFA Level 1 Equivalent) ticket
Lifesaving Society - Emergency First Aid Out of Jurisdiction (temporary) (OFA Level 1 Equivalent)
Lifesaving Society Emergency First Aid Out of Jurisdiction (temporary) (OFA Level 1 Equivalent) ticket
Lifesaving Society - Standard First Aid (temporary) (OFA Level 1 Equivalent)
Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid (temporary) (OFA Level 1 Equivalent) ticket
Lifesaving Society - Emergency First Aid CPR A / AED (OFA Level 1 Equivalent)
Lifesaving Society Emergency First Aid with CPR A/AED ticket
Lifesaving Society - Emergency First Aid CPR C / AED (OFA Level 1 Equivalent)
Lifesaving Society Emergency First Aid CPR C / AED (OFA Level 1 Equivalent)
Lifesaving Society - Emergency First Aid Child & Residential Care CPR C / AED (OFA Level 1 Equivalent)
Lifesaving Society Emergency First Aid Child & Residential Care with CPR C/AED ticket
Lifesaving Society - Out of Jurisdiction (OFA Level 1 Equivalent)
Lifesaving Society Out of Jurisdiction ticket
Lifesaving Society - Standard First Aid CPR C / AED (OFA Level 1 Equivalent)

Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid CPR C / AED (OFA Level 1 Equivalent) ticket
Lifesaving Society - Standard First Aid CPR C / AED Recertification (OFA Level 1 Equivalent)

Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid CPR C /  AED Recertification (OFA Level 1 Equivalent)
Lifesaving Society - Worksite Fist Aid Level 1 (old version) 2018 and prior

Canadian Red Cross - B.C. Workplace Emergency First Aid (older version prior to July 31,  2018)

Canadian Red Cross - B.C. Workplace Emergency First Aid -  Out of Jurisdiction (older version prior to July 1, 2018)
Canadian Red Cross - B.C. Workplace Emergency First Aid (CPR/AED level A) e-certificate
Red Cross BC Workplace Emergency First Aid CPR/AED Level A ticket
Canadian Red Cross - Emergency First Aid & CPR/AED Level C e-certificate
Canadian Red Cross Emergency First Aid & CPR/AED Level C e-certificate
Canadian Red Cross - Standard First Aid & CPR/AED Level C e-certificate
Canadian Red Cross Standard First Aid & CPR/AED Level C e-certificate ticket
Canadian Red Cross - Marine Basic First Aid & CPR/AED Level A e-certificate
Canadian Red Cross Marine Basic First Aid & CPR/AED Level e-certificate
Canadian Red Cross - Marine Basic First Aid & CPR/AED Level C e-certificate
Canadian Red Cross Marine Basic First Aid & CPR/AED Level C e-certificate
WorkSafeBC - Level 2 (newer version)
WorkSafeBC Occupational First Aid Level 2 certificate

WorkSafeBC - Level 2 (older version prior to July 1, 2018)

WorkSafeBC - Level 2 - Physician or Registered Nurse* (newer version)
WorkSafeBC Occupational First Aid Level 2 Physician or Registered Nurse certificate
*Restricted to Health Care Facilities - see WCB Guideline G3.15(b)-1 Health care facilities
WorkSafeBC - Level 2 - Physician or Registered Nurse* (older version prior to July 1, 2018)

*Restricted to Health Care Facilities - see WCB Guideline G3.15(b)-1 Health care facilities
WorkSafeBC - Level 2 - Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board (EMALB) First Responder** (newer version)
WorkSafeBC Level 2 EMA Licensing Board (EMALB) First Responder Ticket
**Restricted to Municipal Fire Service only. Valid only if signed by a fire chief. See WCB Guideline G3.15(b)-2 Municipal fire departments
WorkSafeBC - Level 2 - EMA First Responder** (older version prior to July 1, 2018)

**Restricted to Municipal Fire Service only. Valid only if signed by a fire chief. See WCB Guideline G3.15(b)-2 Municipal fire departments

OFA Level 2 Equivalencies - None to date

WorkSafeBC - Level 3 (newer version)
WorkSafeBC Occupational First Aid Level 3 certificate
WorkSafeBC - Level 3 (older version prior to July 1, 2018)

WorkSafeBC - Level 3 - Out of Jurisdiction (newer version)

WorkSafeBC Occupational First Aid Level 3 Out of Jurisdiction certificate

WorkSafeBC - Level 3 - Out of Jurisdiction (older version prior to July 1, 2018)

OFA Level 3 Equivalencies - none to date

WorkSafeBC - Level 3 - Paramedic in Industry (discontinued July 1, 2018) will remain valid while maintaining an Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board (EMALB) license until expiry date

Justice Institute of B.C. - Paramedic in Industry

Justice Institute of B.C. - OFA Level 3 - Paramedic in Industry (discontinued July 1, 2018) will remain valid while maintaining an Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board (EMALB) license until expiry date


The following EMALB licenses are displayed as sample of licenses that must be presented with a Paramedic in Industry certificate to be considered valid. The EMA license by themselves do not meet the certification requirements for the Workers Compensation Act as a certificate recognized by the board.           

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) License***
Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) License***
Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) License***

Critical Care Paramedic (CCP) License***
***Information on licensing by the EMA Licensing Board can be found here.
WorkSafeBC - Transportation Endorsement (newer version)
WorkSafeBC Transportation Endorsement certificate
WorkSafeBC - Transportation Endorsement (older version prior to July 1, 2018)

Transportation Endorsement Equivalencies - none to date