Occupational First Aid Level 3

A WorkSafeBC approved 70 hour programme designed to provide advanced life saving first aid skills to workers in industry, including the skills to provide safe transportation of the injured worker to medical aid.


Candidates must be at least 16 years of age and be able to understand and perform the first aid skills required to complete the learning tasks. No previous first aid training is required.

As to age, WorkSafeBC further advises, "A person must be least 16 years old to qualify for a Level 1, 2, or 3 certificate and in a workplace that requires a Level 2 or 3 attendant, the person must be at least 19 years old. If the attendant is under 19 years old and holds a Level 2 or 3 ticket, he or she may provide treatment under the direct supervision of the unrestricted first aid attendant on site."

By WorkSafeBC regulation, candidates must also complete a Statement of Fitness prior to being certified in OFA level 3.


Upon completion of the 70 hour Level 3 course the student will be examined by a duly appointed Examiner authorized to assess candidate competency. Successful completion of both a written and a practical exam will certify the student for three years.

To renew a level 3 certificate a candidate must successfully complete the Occupational First Aid level three exam.

Course Objectives

Candidates will be taught recognition, problem-solving and management in the following areas:

  • Four stages of the Priority Action Approach:
    • Detection and intervention of life-threatening conditions
    • Physical assessment
    • Interpretation of vital signs

  • Obstructed airway clearing procedures.

  • Oxygen administration.

  • Use of a pocket mask.

  • Use of a bag-valve mask.

  • Shock and Deadly bleeding management.

  • One and two rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation with AED.

  • Cervical hard collar application.

  • Patient securing for transport.

  • Principles of immobilization.

  • First aid room techniques.

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 WCB Occupational First Aid level 3 course is still $795. This includes all texbooks, exam, registration and a complimentary pocket mask. We offer the WCB OFA level 3 course in both a 2 week daytime format and a limited number of courses in a part time format where the student attends 2 evenings and all day Saturday per week for 5 weeks. The written and practical exams are conducted after the completion of the course and are not included in the 70 hours. The following dates are scheduled for 2018:

Level 3 (2 week Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm)
Start Date Finish Date
January 15 January 26
February 13 February 26
March 12 March 23
April 9 April 20
May 7 May 18
June 4 June 15
July 23 August 3
September 17 September 28
October 15 October 26
November 19 November 30

Level 3 (part time - 2 evenings per week 6:30 pm to
10:15 pm & Saturday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm)
Start Date Finish Date
January 15 February 17 * M W Sat.
March 12 April 14 M W Sat.
August 20 September 22 M W Sat.
November 5 December 8 M W Sat.

* Statutory Holiday Falls Within This Course - Classes Will Proceed

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Maple Ridge First Aid School Limited

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