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.