Occupational First Aid Level 3

Occupational First Aid Level 3 is a program designed to cover all medical techniques considered to be within the responsibility of the Occupational First Aid Attendant providing emergency care in industry.

OFA Level 3: A Comprehensive Introductory First Aid Course

Occupational First Aid Level 3 is the most comprehensive of our introductory first aid courses. In this 70 hour (two week) course, you or your employees will learn all the basic emergency medical techniques that fall under the responsibility of an Occupational First Aid attendant.

There is no previous first aid training required (OFA Level 1 or 2 is NOT required). There are no minimum age requirements to participate in the OFA courses if certified after August 1, 2018. 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 physically capable of performing the required skills to be issued an OFA certificate.  Candidates will receive a digital copy of an Occupational First Aid Statement of Fitness upon registration for their review.  This will allow the candidate time to get an OFA Medical Certificate of Fitness from their physician if required.  Initial certification requires full participation & course attendance.

OFA statement of fitness July 2018

Why Take OFA Level 3?

Having employees who are trained in occupational first aid is a huge benefit to your organization and your employees. With employees who are trained and certified in first aid, you are helping to prevent medical emergencies from becoming more serious. It may even save someone’s life. As an employer, you are also showing that you care about and value your employees when you invest in this type of training.

If you’re looking for the most comprehensive OFA course available, then level three is the course that you want. During this 70 hour (two week) session, your employees will gain both theoretical (classroom) and practical (hands-on) training in a wide variety of medical emergency scenarios.

What Will You Learn?

OFA Level 3 will teach your employees to recognize, identify and respond to various medical emergencies which may happen in the workplace.

Among the skills that you may expect to learn are:
  • Priority Action Approach

    Demonstrating the Priority Action Approach for patients who are conscious or have a decreased level of consciousness.

  • Manage Critical Interventions

    Identifying and managing critical interventions of the airway with C-spine control.

  • Identifying Respiratory Emergencies

    Identifying respiratory emergencies and taking necessary steps to resolve them.

  • Identifying Circulatory Emergencies

    Identifying circulatory emergencies in patients who are conscious as well as those with a decreased level of consciousness and intervene in those emergencies.

  • Preparing Patients for Transport

    Preparing patients for rapid transport in both lateral and supine positions.

  • Secondary Survey

    Learning to conduct the secondary survey part of the Priority Action Approach for patients who are in the Rapid Transport Category as well as patients who are in the first aid room.

  • Assess Soft Tissue Injuries

    Assessing, managing, and identifying whether it is necessary to have a medical aid referral for injuries of the soft tissue.

  • Manage Injuries

    Identifying and managing injuries of the head, brain, and spine for patients who are conscious as well as those with a decreased level of consciousness.

  • Identify Abdominal Injuries

    Identifying and managing injuries of the abdomen.

  • Fractures

    Identifying and managing fractures of the upper limbs and dislocations.

  • Environmental Emergencies

    Identifying and managing environmental emergencies, as well as fractures of the lower limbs and dislocations.

  • Manage Seizures

    Identifying and managing diabetic conditions as well as seizures.

Occupational First Aid: A Reference and Training Manual

This manual is designed to accompany Occupational First Aid (OFA) Level 3 and Transportation Endorsement training courses.

Information about certification for the different OFA levels is available…

Publication Date: Jun 2018 | PDF Book  Download 

As OFA Level 3 is a very comprehensive course, it is important that you pick up your materials prior to the start of the course and complete the pre-course reading. Your materials will consist of:


Upon completion of OFA Level 3, you will be required to pass an examination conducted by an Instructor. The exam consists of both written and practical segments. A grade of 70% or higher is required on each segment of the exam for successful certification.

OFA Level 3 certification is valid for three years following the examination.

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