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Who administrates the Non-Urban Emergency Care (NUEC) training program?

PEAK developed and administrates the NUEC training program.
PEAK has a dedicated Quality Assurance Director, a Medical Direction Team comprised of eight physicians and a Medical Consulting Team comprised of 4 physicians.

What government agencies and associations recognize the NUEC Level 3 (NUEC 3) training program and certification?

The NUEC 3 is recognized by the following agencies and associations; click to be redirected to the agency/association's site.

Canadian Federal Government
Alberta Occupational Health & Safety
Association of Canadian Mountain Guides
Canadian Ski Guides Association
Sea Kayaks Guide Alliance of BC

(This is not a complete list for a complete list please call PEAK at 778-899-7325 or email at admin@peakemergencytraining.com. In addition, upon request PEAK will provide an NUEC training program information package to any agency or association for their approval).


"My employer in Alberta wants to accept my NUEC Level 3 (NUEC 3) certification but does not know if it complies with Alberta’s occupational health and safety regulations. What must my employer do to ensure that they are compliant in this regard?"

The NUEC 3 is equivalent to 'Advanced First Aid’. Your employer does not have to do anything; however, if requested, PEAK can assist you and your employer by providing the following documentation: the NUEC 3 curriculum, the accreditation letter from the Canadian Federal Government (HRSDC), and an accreditation letter from the Alberta Provincial Government.

Does WorkSafe BC (WSBC) recognize the Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) certification for use in BC workplaces?

No. The OEC program is not recognized by WorkSafe BC nor is it recognized by any other Canadian jurisdiction for use in any Canadian workplace.

 

Does WorkSafe BC (WSBC) recognize the Non-Urban Emergency Care (NUEC) course for use in BC workplaces?

Not the NUEC 3 but WSBC does recognize PEAK's NUOFA 3 certification as it contains an OFA Level 3 certificate. In order for a specific first aid certification to be accepted for use in BC workplaces the certification must be 'recognized' as 'equivalent' by WorkSafe BC (WSBC). This is done through a course review process that is conducted solely by WSBC. PEAK has intentionally not made a submission to WSBC to have the NUEC training program reviewed by WSBC (see question #6 for further information). That said the NUEC 3 curriculum incorporates WSBC specific information and skills so that students who successfully complete the NUEC 3 (Full and Challenge) training courses (in BC) will have the ability to obtain Occupational First Aid Level-3 certification through the NUOFA 3 Review & Evaluation Course process. PEAK is a registered WSBC training agency.

Why has PEAK not made a submission to WorkSafe BC (WSBC) to have the NUEC Level 3 (NUEC 3) certification equivalent to Occupational First Aid (OFA Level-3) and therefore recognized by WSBC?

Firstly, there is a difference between the NUEC 3 being considered 'equivalent' and conversely 'recognized' by WSBC. In our opinion the NUEC 3 is a more comprehensive training program (100 - 110 hours) than the OFA Level-3 (70 hours) or similar training programs (upon request a curriculum comparison between the OFA Level-3 and the NUEC 3 is available from PEAK). Therefore the word ‘equivalent’ does not apply in this case. The NUEC 3 certification is not ‘recognized’ by WSBC for use in BC workplaces. In order for the NUEC 3 training program to be ‘recognized’ by WSBC for use in BC workplaces the NUEC 3 course would have to be submitted by PEAK to WSBC for a ‘review’ to be conducted on it. We have considered this extensively and with the assistance of outside consultants we have concluded that in order for WSBC to ‘recognize’ the NUEC 3 certification the curriculum would have to change significantly.

The NUEC training program was developed to address the needs of non-urban responders. The skills and knowledge that NUEC 3 Providers process is applicable in all environments. In our opinion, in order for the NUEC 3 certification to be recognized by WSBC for use in BC workplaces the curriculum would have to be altered to the degree that it would no longer meet the needs of our students and clients. Essentially it would have to be an OFA Level-3 type curriculum. This is something that our clients and our Medical Direction Team are not prepared to do. In addition, the cost to have the NUEC 3 training program ‘reviewed’ by WSBC is approximately $30,000.00 to $40,000.00 and since we offer the NUEC training program at near-cost recovery to our clients this expenditure is not feasible for PEAK.

Why is it that an NUEC 3 certification obtained from a Territory or Province (other than BC) is acceptable to WSBC for use in BC workplaces but that an NUEC 3 certification obtained from within BC is not?

The short answer is TILMA (Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement between Alberta and British Columbia). TILMA was developed for compliance with the AIT Canadian National Agreement on Internal Trade. In terms of first aid certification TILMA allows first aid providers who work in more than one Province or Territory or those that relocate from one Province or Territory to another within the time period in which their certification is still valid do not have to take additional training courses. It does not apply to workers who remain in the same Province or Territory in which they received their first aid certification. Essentially TILMA and AIT were intended to ensure that barriers to trade, investment and labour mobility within Canada were eliminated.

Successfully complete an Non-Urban Occupational First Aid 3 Review & Evaluation Course (NUOFA 3). There are 2 options: In-BC Jurisdiction and Out-of-BC Jurisdiction. Please see the NUOFA 3 page of this website for further information.


 

What does ‘Basic’, ‘Standard’, and ‘Advanced’ first aid certification mean?

With the implementation of the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) (see question #7) Canadian jurisdictions developed a three level system of first aid training standards; 'Basic', 'Standard' and 'Advanced'. These levels form the minimum content for training standards that are acceptable to all jurisdictions.

I received an Non-Urban Emergency Care 3 (NUEC 3) certificate through the Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) process. I would like to obtain a non-restricted certificate so that I may work in BC workplaces. How can I accomplish this?


In order to receive a  NUEC 3 Non-Restricted certification within BC you must successfully complete a NUEC 3 Evaluation Course (BC).  Within BC the NUEC 3 Evaluation Course is comprised of the NUEC 3 and OFA Level-3 evaluations. These evaluations run concurrently and are conducted by NUEC 3 Evaluators and OFA Level-3 Examiners who are recognized by WSBC.  In Alberta the NUEC 3 Evaluation Course is comprised of the NUEC 3 evaluation only.  In accordance with TILMA and AIT individuals who obtain NUOEC 3 certification in other jurisdictions (Provinces or Territories) other than BC are entitled to receive Out-of-Jurisdiction OFA Level-3 certificationpstyle="color: #92d050;">; PEAK assists its students with this process. 

NOTE: OFA Level-3 evaluations are conducted by OFA Level-3 Evaluators that are recognized by WSBC, and OFA Level-3 certificates are issued by an independant WSBC registered first aid training agency.

I hold a current Occupational First Aid Level-3 (OFA Level-3) certificate. I would like to obtain Non-Urban Emergency Care Level 3 (NUEC 3) certification. What is the best way for me to accomplish this?

As an OFA Level-3 certificate holder you qualify to attend a 4-day NUEC 3 Challenge Course.

I hold a current Advanced Wilderness First Aid (AWFA) certificate. I would like to obtain Non-Urban Emergency Care Level 3 (NUEC 3) certification. What is the best way for me to accomplish this?

As an AWFA certificate holder you qualify to attend a 6-day NUEC 3 Bridging Course.

I hold a current Canadian Ski Patrol (CSP) First Aid certificate. I would like to obtain Non-Urban Emergency Care Level 3 (NUEC 3) certification. What is the best way for me to accomplish this?

As a CSP First Aid certificate holder you qualify to attend a 4-day NUEC 3 Challenge Course.