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First aid attendant certification

In B.C., workplace first aid attendants must have a certificate that's recognized by WorkSafeBC. There are three levels of occupational first aid (OFA) and one OFA certificate endorsement. The level of first aid services required for a workplace depends on the number of workers, distance to medical aid, and industry hazard rating.

OFA Level 1 Basic level first aid training and certification
OFA Level 2 Intermediate level first aid training and certification
OFA Transportation Endorsement Training required for transportation of injured workers as required by Schedule 3-A
OFA Level 3 Advanced level of first aid training and certification

To determine the level of first aid needed in your workplace, refer to Section 3.16 and Schedule 3-A of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

Where to get certified

WorkSafeBC has authorized certain agencies throughout British Columbia to teach occupational first aid training programs acceptable to WorkSafeBC and certify attendants who successfully complete the programs. See our list of approved first aid training providers.

First aid attendants from out of province

If you hold a valid first aid certificate from a regulatory authority in Canada, you can be issued a certificate that WorkSafeBC will recognize. You must:

  1. Present yourself to a first aid training agency in B.C. that’s approved by WorkSafeBC. To register, you will need photo ID and the first aid certificate you earned outside B.C.
  2. Complete an application form and the applicable jurisprudence package (see the resource section).
  3. Review B.C.’s health and safety regulation

Note: a fee may be charged by the authorized first aid training agency for processing your application.

Paramedics and First Responders working as designated first aid attendants

Paramedics and First Responders with a current Emergency Medical Assistant (EMA) license

Paramedics and First Responders who have a current EMA licence issued by the Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board of B.C. (EMALB) are eligible for occupational first aid (OFA) certification. These candidates will need to:

  • Take, and successfully complete, the WorkSafeBC occupational first aid course or examination, or the equivalent course or examination from an approved first aid training provider.
    Or
  • Complete an OFA-out-of-jurisdiction jurisprudence package, then present their completed out-of-jurisdiction jurisprudence package and valid EMALB-issued license, and current photo ID acceptable to WorkSafeBC, to an approved first aid training provider. The approved first aid training provider will provide the application for OFA certification and issue an OFA certificate at the applicable level.

Paramedics with a licence from another Canadian jurisdiction

Paramedics who hold a current licence from any other Canadian jurisdiction are eligible for occupational first aid certification. These candidates will need to:

  • Take, and successfully complete, the WorkSafeBC occupational first aid course or examination, or the equivalent examination from an approved first aid training provider.
    Or
  • Apply for and acquire an out-of-jurisdiction Emergency Medical Assistant (EMA) licence at the appropriate level from the EMALB, then complete an application for OFA certification and an OFA out-of-jurisdiction jurisprudence package. Bring the completed out-of-jurisdiction jurisprudence package to an approved training provider and present their valid EMALB-issued license and current photo ID acceptable to WorkSafeBC. The approved first aid training provider will provide the application for OFA certification and issue an OFA certificate at the appropriate level.
    For more information about issuing OFA certification to EMA licencees, email Certification@worksafebc.com or call Certification Services at 604.276.3090.

See our list of list of approved first aid training providers.