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First Aid Instructors - What You Need to Know for the 2019 Training Cycle

The 2019 Training Cycle will officially launch on Monday April 1!

With the Training Cycle launch date fast approaching we have provided a summary below of the changes as well a stream specific memo for you.

This Training Cycle includes: 
  • First Aid Instructor Transition/Recertification
    • For all First Aid Instructors (current within 5 years) who wish to teach after July 1 or those who have taken the First Aid Instructor Course but have not completed their apprenticeships. 
All Instructors and Trainers can register for the Recertifications online through Eventbrite. There is still space, but the courses are filling up fast. 

The number and locations for courses was determined by the number of Instructors and Trainers in our records in each region. Our hope is to fill those scheduled first (as we have locations and instructors finalized) before we consider adding any new courses. Please try to register for courses scheduled before calling the office.

If you have any questions or require further clarity we are here to help. Please contact the Branch office by phone at 604.299.5450 or by email at


First Aid Instructor (FAI) 

Key Messages
The in-person First Aid Instructor Transition/Recertification will launch April 1, 2019 instead of April 1, 2020 and will recertify First Aid Instructors.

The Lifesaving Occupational First Aid Equivalent programs will launch July 1, 2019. As of that date, the following courses will be deemed equivalent to Occupational First Aid Level 1 by WorkSafeBC:
-    Emergency First Aid
-    Emergency First Aid Child & Residential Care
-    Standard First Aid
-    Standard First Aid Recertification

All First Aid Instructors (FAIs) must recertify by June 30, 2019 in order to remain a current First Aid Instructor to teach and evaluate the new First Aid Program continuum even though this is one full year before their FAI wallet card expires.

The First Aid Transition/Recertification includes a Standard First Aid Recertification and an assessment to ensure that FAIs are able to meet the Level 1 Competency performance criteria outlined in the new National Leadership System. First Aid Instructors who are unable to demonstrate skills to a Standard First Aid level or meet the performance criteria will be provided a development plan and a mentor. First Aid Instructors will not receive their First Aid Instructor certification until they successfully demonstrate the aforementioned. 

WorkSafeBC’s Program Standards (5.2.1) state that all First Aid Instructors for an Occupational First Aid Level 1 or Equivalent course must:

a)    Be at least18 years of age prior to instructor training,
b)    Hold a current/valid Standard First Aid Certificate or higher for a minimum of at least one year,
c)    Have successfully participated in a complete OFA Level 1 or OFA Level 1 Equivalent course prior to initial instructor training (i.e. achieve certification),
d)    Complete a WorkSafeBC Jurisprudence Package if the jurisprudence content is not included in the initial instructor training course. Evidence of completion must be included in the instructor candidate’s training file and
e)    Have been employed as a designated OFA Attendant or first aid responder (at a Standard First Aid level or higher) for at least one year.

In order to ensure that these program standards are met and that the Society is delivering quality first aid programs, the Society had one of two options to Transition/Recertification its First Aid Instructors to the new equivalent program:
  1. Create an online update with various components to meet the aforementioned (19.5 hours)
  2. Create an in-person Transition/Recertification to meet the aforementioned (8 hours)

The Society deemed option #2 as more feasible and in the best interest of the program and First Aid Instructors as it allows for greater interaction and requires less time to complete.

The in-person First Aid Instructor Transition/Recertification will include a Standard First Aid Recertification, an Emergency First Aid Level 1 course, the Jurisprudence package, a complete introduction to the new Occupational First Aid Program and a competency assessment for teaching and evaluation.

The Competency Level 1 performance criteria chart is provided for First Aid Instructors and Affiliates to reference. The chart is posted both in the First Aid Instructor online group and the Branch Affiliates online group.

The First Aid Instructor Transition/Recertification will be Branch-run in all regions of the Branch and will be taught by First Aid Instructor Trainers. The length of the FAI Transition/Recertification will be 8 hours at a cost of $185. The FAI Transition/Recertification includes all new program resources, a Standard First Aid Recertification, an Emergency First Aid Level 1 certification, proof of completion of the Jurisprudence package and FAI candidate fee.

All First Aid Instructor Transition/Recertification course are programmed. FAIs can register for them online through Eventbrite. 
Print the First Aid Instructor Memo
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