First Aid Courses in Vancouver
Vancouver’s most effective first aid courses will help you protect those you care about, at work or at home
Below is a comprehensive list of the first aid courses we offer at Fundamental First Aid.
Our team has been providing these first aid courses for over 15 years and we’ve certified over 60,000 first aid attendants!
We understand that the key to preparing people to act in an emergency situation starts with providing a professional and entertaining learning environment that keeps participants active, engaged and having fun!
If you have any questions about the courses listed below, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are very friendly! 😉
WorkSafeBC First Aid Courses
WorkSafeBC Occupational First Aid Courses are designed specifically for the workplace. In addition to life-saving first aid skills, they teach the rules and regulations that apply to first aid attendants and their employers. The first aid techniques you will learn in these courses are specifically for adults, since it is rare that children are present on a worksite. The size of a workforce and the risk level of of the work being performed determines which level of First Aid attendant is needed.
OFA Level 1
OFA Level 1 is an Occupational First Aid course for the base level first aid attendant. If your workplace has a small staff and a low risk of injury, this course is for you!
OFA Level 2
OFA Level 2 is an occupational first aid course for the advanced urban first aid attendant. If your workplace is in the city and has more than 50 employees OR has a moderate to high risk of injury, this course is for you!
OFA Level 3
OFA Level 3 is an occupational first aid course for an advanced first aid attendant working remotely. If your workplace is more than 20 minutes from an ambulance and has a large staff OR has a moderate to high risk of injury, this course is for you!
This course is for an OFA Level 1 or 2 attendant who may be working remotely. If you have an OFA Level 1 or 2 certificate and would like to learn how to secure a patient to a spine board for transportation to a hospital, this course is for you!
Canadian Red Cross First Aid Courses
The Canadian Red Cross developed first aid courses with family and the community in mind. While many of their courses are approved for the workplace in BC, Red Cross courses don’t assume that you’ll have a well stocked first aid kit on hand. Also, all of these first aid courses include adult, child, and infant first aid as part of their curriculum.
CPR-C with AED
This is the most basic Red Cross First Aid course. It teaches only essential life-saving skills, such as CPR & AED, what to do if someone is choking, and how to handle a deadly bleed.
CPR-C with AED Recertification
If you have a current (not yet expired) CPR-C with AED certificate from the Canadian Red Cross, you can take this shortened version of the course to re-certify.
Emergency First Aid with CPR-C
This course teaches everything you learn in CPR-C with AED, then adds wound care, workplace regulation, and more. This certificate allows you to work as an OFA Level 1 attendant in BC.
Standard First Aid with CPR-C
This course teaches everything you learn in Emergency First Aid, then adds information on head, neck and spinal injuries, environmental illnesses, poisons, and more. This certificate also allows you to work as an OFA Level 1 attendant in BC.
Emergency Child Care First Aid
This is a comprehensive first aid course designed specifically for those who take care of babies and infants. It covers choking, baby and infant CPR & AED, wound care, sudden medical emergencies, poisons, and more. This course is great for new parents and childcare workers.
Private First Aid Courses at your Workplace
Every first aid course listed above can be provided as a private group session at your worksite. For example, OFA 1 and OFA 2 courses can be held at your office!
We bring all the materials and equipment needed to teach your staff life-saving skills on-site anywhere in Greater Vancouver!
The Importance of First Aid Courses in Vancouver
Accidents can happen anytime, anywhere. Whether it’s a minor scrape or a serious injury, knowing how to provide basic first aid can make a huge difference in the outcome of an emergency. In Vancouver, there are many options for first aid courses that can teach you how to respond to a variety of emergencies. Below, we’ll explore the importance of first aid courses in Vancouver, which course is best for you, and where to find them.
What are First Aid Courses?
First aid courses are designed to teach participants about proper techniques for providing basic care of individuals injured or suddenly taken ill, such as CPR, administering an Automated External Defibrillator, spine immobilization, bandaging and splinting. Depending on the course, first aid training can provide a range of qualifications such as Occupational First Aid Level 1, Occupational First Aid Level 2, Occupational First Aid Level 3, Emergency First Aid, Standard First Aid, or simply CPR & AED.
WHY SHOULD I TAKE A FIRST AID COURSE?
First aid courses are essential for anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency. Here are some reasons why:
- Save Lives: Knowing how to perform CPR or stop bleeding can make all the difference in saving someone’s life. In a city like Vancouver, where accidents can happen frequently, being able to provide first aid can be crucial.
- Workplace Safety and Compliance: Many employers in Vancouver are required to have employees with first aid certification. This is to ensure that there is always someone on site who can respond to emergencies and provide basic first aid.
- Confidence: Taking a first aid course can give you the confidence to handle an emergency situation. Knowing what to do can help you remain calm and take action quickly, which can make all the difference in an emergency.
Overview of the different Types of First Aid Programs in Vancouver
In Vancouver, there are a variety of first aid programs available from different organizations. These range from CPR courses that are only a few hours, to single-day courses for basic certification to one and two-week courses that include practical scenarios and practice drills for advanced first aid attendant certifications.
While many of the same first aid skills overlap and are taught in several of these courses, there are some differences based mainly on two factors:
- The depth of first aid knowledge required
- Whether or not you need the certification for use at a workplace
Choosing the right course for you
Once you understand the different types of courses offered, it’s time to choose the right course for you. Consider what type of certification or experience you need and think about factors such as cost, location and duration. Most organizations offer a range of courses to suit different budgets and needs. It’s important to read the full syllabus closely before making your decision, so that you understand exactly which skills will be taught.
In Vancouver, there are many options for first aid courses. The most commonly recognized certifications are provided by the Canadian Red Cross and WorkSafeBC. Both organizations offer a range of courses that are recognized by employers, government agencies, and regulatory bodies. These courses are separated into three categories, basic first aid courses, intermediate first aid courses, and advanced first aid courses.
Here are some of the most common first aid courses you can take in Vancouver:
Level 1 First Aid is a one-day course, designed and approved by WorkSafeBC, that covers basic first aid techniques and CPR for adults, as well as a brief overview of workplace first aid requirements in British Columbia.
Level 2 First Aid is a one-week course, designed and approved by WorkSafeBC, that teaches an intermediate level of first aid techniques and CPR for adults, as well as a detailed overview of workplace first aid requirements in British Columbia.
This is a two-week course, designed and approved by WorkSafeBC, that teaches an advanced level of first aid techniques and CPR for adults, including how to package a patient for transportation to a hospital and a detailed overview of workplace first aid requirements in British Columbia.
This is a two-day course that covers basic first aid techniques and CPR for adults, children, and infants.
This is a one-day course that covers basic first aid techniques and CPR for adults, children, and infants.
This is a half-day course that focuses specifically on CPR techniques for adults, children, and infants.
There are also more niche first aid courses offered at Fundamental First Aid. To help fight the ongoing Opioid Epidemic facing our city, we have started offering free Naloxone Training to any of our first aid students. This course teaches life-saving protocols for providing first aid in an overdose incident and teaches how to administer Naloxone. People that take this free course also leave with a Naloxone Kit to take home.
Most people registering for first aid training are taking the course for work, and a vast majority of the first aid requirements for workplaces in Vancouver are mandated by WorkSafeBC. This means that most people would want to take one of the Occupational First Aid courses listed above.
All employers in British Columbia who have more than 10 employees working at the same time are required to have a certified Occupational First Aid (OFA) attendant on site. The number of attendants, and the level of certification required by the attendants, is determined by 3 factors as outlined in Schedule 3-A of the WorkSafeBC OHS Regulation:
- Number of employees working at the same time
- Distance to the closest hospital (via ambulance)
- Risk of injury at the worksite (low risk, moderate risk, or high risk)
In order to determine whether your worksite is low risk, moderate risk, or high risk, you will need to refer to the WorkSafeBC website to find your classification unit.
Once you know your risk classification, check Schedule 3-A to determine your minimum level of first aid.
If you would like help determining the level of first aid that is required at your workplace, please contact us, or click the chat bot on the bottom right of your screen!
Does Fundamental First Aid offer First Aid Courses in Vancouver?
Yes! Fundamental First Aid Ltd. offers all of the courses mentioned above at the nicest first aid training facility in Vancouver! Please check out our location on the map below.
Taking a first aid course in Vancouver can be a life-saving decision. Whether you’re looking to advance your career or simply want to be prepared for an emergency, there are many options available. By taking a first aid course, you can gain the skills and confidence you need to respond to an emergency situation. So, don’t wait until it’s too late – sign up for a first aid course in Vancouver today!
FUNDAMENTAL FIRST AID COURSES – VANCOUVER
Vancouver, British Columbia