First Aid for the Alberta Oil Patch

With the incredible number of very well paying jobs showing up in Canada’s north, oilpatchjobsparticularly the Oil Patch of Alberta, people are flocking to the north in record numbers. We frequently get calls from people looking to add first aid training to their resume in order to qualify for these jobs. The question is always, “I’m going up north, what first aid training do I need?” They are frequently inquiring about Worksafe BC Occupational First Aid because after all this is an occupational setting so surely that must be the course. Well Worksafe BC courses are for British Columbia only and are not officially recognized outside of this province so if you’re heading to Alberta it’s probably not the best course to take.

To work in the oil fields, most companies require Canadian Red Cross Standard First Aid which is a 16 hour course. This course is especially relevant to work in the Oil Fields as addresses first aid situations where medical help is not immediately available. This is very often the situation in the north. In addition Standard First Aid covers a wide range of topics including Environmental (Heat and Cold) Emergencies which is definitely an issue in the cold months. Some companies will accept the 8 hour Red Cross Emergency First Aid as a minimum but Red Cross Standard First Aid exceeds that minimum and is a pretty safe choice for working in the oil fields.

Red Cross Standard First Aid is usually done over 2 full days (commonly a weekend) or spread out over 4 evenings. At the end of the course there is a short 50 question multiple choice exam and all going well, certification is provided that is valid for 3 years. In order to re-certify you can take a 1 day (or 2 evening) recertification course that focuses on refreshing your practical skills. You must take the refresher before your current certification lapses. We offer Standard First Aid on an ongoing basis so give us a call if you would like more information. You can register online or over the phone.

Another course that will be of significant interest for people entering the Oil & Gas industry is H2S. This course Intended for individuals who may be exposed to hydrogen sulphide in the workplace, and provides information to help protect individuals from exposure and explains how to deal with emergencies involving H2S. You can use this link to take the H2S course though our online training program.


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