Occupational First Aid Level 1

A WorkSafeBC approved one day program designed to provide life saving first aid skills to workers in industry.


There are no minimum age requirements to participate in any of the OFA courses. However, to be a designated first aid attendant in a workplace under the jurisdiction of WorkSafeBC an employer must ensure that the attendant is at least 16 years of age. Candidates must be able to comprehend the information presented and be physically capable of performing the required skills to be issued an OFA certificate. If a Candidate is able to meet the course objectives, they can be marked as “successful” and be issued a certificate.


To qualify for certification the candidate must participate in a minimum of seven hours of training and successfully complete the course objectives as taught and evaluated by a person authorized by WorkSafeBC (WCB). Certification is valid for three years from the date of completion of the Level 1 training course.

To renew a level 1 certificate a candidate must successfully retake the entire Level 1 course.

Course Objectives

Given an accident scenario with one casualty the successful candidate will be able to:

  • Apply the Priority Action Approach.
  • Reposition an injured worker.
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of a designated first aid attendant.
  • Conduct a modified primary survey.
  • Assess soft tissue injuries.
  • Make appropriate medical referral decisions.
  • Explain the WorkSafeBC regulatory requirements for first aid record keeping.

PLEASE NOTE: Some people suffer ill effects as a result of being exposed to specific items such as nuts while others are adversely affected by some fragrances. The effects of these allergies can range anywhere from bothersome to life threatening or anywhere in between. While you are in our school, please refrain from using any perfumes, colognes or aftershave lotions. Their fragrances may be pleasant in the outdoors but not so much in the confined space of a classroom for someone with asthma.

The WorkSafeBC Occupational First Aid level one course is only $105 which includes the text. Group rates are available onsite as well as offsite. Paper registration commences at 8:15 a.m. If the dates listed below don’t quite match up with your schedule and you are looking for a one day course then consider taking the Red Cross Emergency First Aid course. WorkSafeBC has decreed that the EFA course is equivalent to OFA 1. EFA includes CPR ā€œCā€ and the automated electronic defibrillator. Red Cross courses are valid throughout Canada. The following dates are scheduled for 2020.

Course Schedule:

Since we are now an affiliate of Trauma Tech, please click this link to see classes available at all of our locations: OFA Level 1 Public Schedule

Maple Ridge First Aid School Limited

#2 – 20475 Lougheed Highway,
Maple Ridge, BC, V2X 9B6
Tel: (604) 465-5622
Fax: (604) 465-4223