The oil and gas industry has been booming. Many refer to it as the 21st century gold rush. Jobs are plentiful and pay rates attractive, which means there are a lot of people applying for those jobs. One firm requirement is that the applicant must hold first aid certification, but which one? Many assume that Worksafe Occupational First Oil pipeAid Level 1 is the best course because it’s the standard workplace course here at home in BC. Problem is that this is a Worksafe BC course and is not officially recognized outside of the province. Some oil and gas companies will overlook this and recognize the certification, but not all. The usual workplace requirement for the rest of Canada is Canadian Red Cross Emergency First Aid and this is the certification sought by most of the Oil and Gas companies. The two courses are very similar in content but there are differences. There are also some employers that prefer Canadian Red Cross Standard First Aid as it provides additional training on dealing with accidents in remote locations as well as heat and cold related emergencies. If you have Standard First Aid, you have all the bases covered because it is a higher level than Emergency First Aid so it meets those requirements as well. If you’re really not sure, this is a fairly safe bet.

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