Which Course is Right for You?
If you require a first aid course that meets WorkSafeBC (WSBC) requirements, refer to the Health and Safety Regulations (Part 3) available at the WorkSafeBC website to determine first aid requirements pertinent to your workplace. All WSBC courses offered at NIC are listed as Occupational First Aid (OFA) courses. Many of the first aid course prerequisite/corequisite(s) listed for NIC trades, technical, and tourism programs are listed as OFA courses.
If the course you require does not need to meet WSBC specifications, then a first aid and/or cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course may be appropriate. Check with your employer to determine their expectations. For example, if you work in the day care field, the Day Care Licensing Board should be able to advise you. First aid courses offered through NIC are listed as FAC courses and CPR courses are listed as HRT courses. Many of the first aid course prerequisite/corequisite(s) listed for NIC health and human services programs and marine training are listed as FAC courses.
If you are looking for a course to take for your own general interest and knowledge, a basic first aid course with CPR such as Standard First Aid (FAC-021), Emergency First Aid (FAC-020), or even a Childcare First Aid (FAC-010) may be appropriate. Should you feel these courses cover more than you are looking for, then one of our CPR courses, such as CPR Level C with AED (HRT-011) may meet your needs.
BC Ambulance Level
If you are interested in working with the British Columbia Ambulance Service, or would like a higher level of training than OFA Level 3, we offer Emergency Medical Responder (AET-020).
Still not sure?
If you need more help to determine an appropriate course, contact the First Aid department for assistance in making the choice most suitable for your needs.
Note: All first aid and CPR courses include signs, symptoms, and action required for critically ill persons; accessing the Emergency Medical System; breathing and circulatory emergencies; and treatment for conscious and unconscious choking persons. All CPR courses meet the Canadian Heart Foundation Standards.