OFA Level 3 Courses in Vancouver

OFA Level 3 (Occupational First Aid Level 3) is a 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!

10 days

OFA Level 3 Schedule

OFA Level 3 is currently offered only as a private group course as we do not have OFA Level 3 on our public schedule.

If you have a private group that you would like to get certified in OFA Level 3 please enquire below.

Private OFA Level 3 Course at your Workplace

Level 3 first aid can be provided as a private group course at your worksite.

We bring all the materials and equipment needed to certify your staff in Occupational First Aid Level 3 on-site!

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Frequently asked questions about OFA Level 3 courses in Vancouver

What is OFA Level 3?

OFA Level 3, which is short for Occupational First Aid Level 3, is an advanced workplace first aid course designed and approved by WorkSafeBC. Upon successful completion of this course you will be given an OFA 3 certificate which will qualify you to work as a first aid attendant on a work site in British Columbia.

This course is designed for first aid attendants who are working remotely (more than 20 minutes from a hospital) and may need to secure a patient to a spine-board to prepare for transportation. 

Initial certification requires full participation and course attendance, as well as satisfactory results in both a written and practical exam.

Do I need a Level 1 or 2 certificate before I take OFA Level 3?

No, there are no prerequisites for OFA Level 3. You can register for a Level 3 first aid course with no previous first aid experience. That means that  you do not need to take OFA Level 1 or Level 2 before taking this course. 

Does OFA Level 3 include cpr training?

Yes, OFA Level 3 includes adult CPR training and instruction on how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). In fact, every Vancouver First Aid course we offer includes CPR and AED training.

Can I do OFA Level 3 online?

No, Level 3 First Aid is not currently offered as an online course. In-person instruction is essential to evaluating the skills of the first aid attendant therefore WorkSafeBC requires that Occupational First Aid Level 3 courses take place with a qualified instructor present.

How long is an OFA Level 3 course?

OFA 3 is a 10 day course scheduled to take place over 2 typical work weeks. You will have 7 hours of training each day, as well as a 30 minute lunch break and two 15 minute coffee breaks.

At Fundamental First Aid we offer free water, coffee and tea and we have a fridge and microwave available if you want to bring your own lunch. There is also a great little diner within walking distance if you want to run out for some food during your break.

Is there a written exam in Occupational First Aid Level 3?

Yes, there are four multiple choice practice quizzes during the week and a 100 question multiple choice exam that you will complete at the end of your class. You have 120 minutes to complete the test, and you must get 70 of the questions correct in order to pass the course. 

All of the questions on the written exam will have been asked on one of the four practice quizzes, therefore you will have time to study the material needed to pass the written exam ahead of time. 

Does a Level 3 First Aid certificate expire?

Yes, Occupational First Aid Level 3 certificates expire 3 years after the date of certification.

How much should level 3 first aid cost?

The cost of an Occupational First Aid Level 3 course in the Vancouver area ranges from $820-860. 

As you can see above, at Fundamental First Aid we charge $860 which is within the average price range. 

However, there are other factors that you should consider when assessing the cost of the course, such as the cost of parking, whether or not you have to pay extra for a pocket mask or manual, and if there are any extra’s included. 

At Fundamental First Aid we have free parking all day, complimentary water, tea, and coffee, and you receive a free manual and pocket mask that you can take home and keep!

What topics are covered in OFA Level 3?

Level 3 First Aid training covers the following topics:

  • Roles and Responsibilities of a First Aid Attendant
  • Priority Action Approach
  • Repositioning an injured worker
  • Wound Assessment and Treatment
  • Identifying Breathing Emergencies
  • Clearing an obstructed Airway
  • Use of a pocket mask
  • Performing CPR and using an AED
  • Managing Bleeding
  • Identifying signs of Anaphylactic shock
  • Identifying and managing serious medical conditions
    • Stroke
    • Diabetes
    • Seizures
    • Fainting
  • Burn Management
  • Patient Packaging
  • Multiple injuries

How do I know if OFA Level 3 is the first aid certificate i need?

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:

  1. Number of employees working at the same time
  2. Distance to the closest hospital (via ambulance)
  3. Risk of injury at the worksite (low risk, moderate risk, or high risk)

In order to determine whether your work site is low risk, moderate risk, or high risk, you will need to refer to the WorkSafeBC website to find your classification unit by clicking here.

Once you know your risk classification, click here to check Schedule 3-A to determine your minimum level of first aid. You may only need Level 1 or Level 2 first aid

If you would like help determining the level of first aid that is required at your workplace, please contact us at info@fundamentalfirstaid.ca, or click the chat bot on the bottom right of your screen!

Do you offer OFA Level 3 in Vancouver?

Yes, all of our public courses are held at our training facility in Vancouver. Check out our Location page to see where we are and learn more about how we offer the absolute best OFA Level 3 courses in Vancouver.

Fundamental First Aid Ltd. acknowledges that it is situated on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations

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