Choosing the correct First Aid course will give you the vital knowledge, skills, and competence to assist in a medical emergency. However, with the different levels of First Aid courses available, how do you choose the right one for you? The First Aider experts at Metro Safety Training have broken down each level to enroll in the course that you require.

Level 1

The Level 1 course covers essential First Aid skills every person should have. It helps you develop confidence, knowledge, and techniques to respond to medical emergencies in the workplace. Although being a foundational course, this will help gain the ability to undertake appropriate, timely steps to reduce the patient’s risk, provide emergency First Aid assistance, and the potential to save someone’s life. This usually a one-day course consisting mostly of hands-on training along with some classroom theory.


Students enrolled in the Occupational First Aid (OFA 1) Level 1 course are not required to have previous experience or training. The minimum eligibility age is 16 years old, and the person must be physically capable of performing basic First Aid techniques involving minor lifting, kneeling, and crouching. To gain a 3-year certification, students are required to pass a multiple-choice exam with a passing grade of 70%.

Level 2

The Level 2 course, is an intermediate First Aid course that equips you with extensive knowledge of emergency care by using systematic approaches to First Aid. It provides more advanced medical treatment until professional assistance arrives.

This level of First Aid addresses environmental emergencies like exhaustion, heatstroke, frostbite, and hypothermia. Learners have advanced skills to empower employees to respond to seizures, asthma attacks, strokes, soft tissue injury management, diabetes, etc.

Unlike Level 1, this is a 36-hour course and is an essential qualification for attending further First Aid Training levels. Level 2 course is ideal for first responders, medical teams, lifeguards, security professionals, teachers, and education professionals.


Students are expected to have basic Level 1 training experience before Level 2 course commencement. To gain a 3-year certification, students are required to pass an examination with a minimum of 70% grade conducted by a person authorized by the Worker’s Compensation Board. This will consist of both written and practical segments.

Stick man performing CPR to save life.

Level 3

Level 3 is an advanced First Aid course and is Work Safe BC recognized. Being the highest First Aid level that can be achieved, this course encompasses First Aid and CPR attainments along with the ability to manage First Aid facilities, equipment, and records. This course is specially designed for workplace First Aid requirements for locations more than 20 minutes from medical facilities.

During the 72 hours of training, students will learn both theoretical (through a manual), and practical (hands-on) experience in class to cover a host of injury management scenarios This course comprehensive course is recommended for workplace supervisors, people with hazardous occupations, and people without easy access to healthcare services attend training on level 3 First Aid.


Like Level 1 & 2 students are required to pass an examination with a minimum 70% grade to gain a 3-year certification.

If you’re thinking about taking a First Aid course, Metro Safety offers a variety of Red Cross basic life support training and Level 1, Level 2 & Level 3 first aid courses to students all over BC. Their experienced trainers are skilled at helping beginners learn and apply First Aid training through their courses.

For more information, call 604-521-4227 or visit our website.