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ANNUAL SKILLS UPDATE (ASU)

The Annual Skills Update (ASU) training program offers Non-Urban Emergency Care 3 (NUEC 3) and Non-Urban Occupational First Aid 3 (NUOFA 3) Providers the opportunity to update, renew, and demonstrate competency in required NUEC 3 and NUOFA 3 skills, knowledge, procedures and protocols. It also offers Providers the chance to improve their clinical skills and ensure that their knowledge and skills are kept current.

The ASU training program is divided into 4 distinct Cycles ('A' - 'D'). Essentially the ASU training program is designed to review the entire course curriculum over a 3-year period. Specifically Cycles 'A' through 'C' covers one-third of the original NUEC 3 and NUOFA 3 course curricula and Cycle 'D' is ostensibly a re-certification cycle which contains a formative reassessment process.

The NUEC 3 Provider must attend an ASU annually and specifically NUOFA 3 Providers, prior to the expiration of their certification, must also complete an NUOFA 3 Review & Evaluation Course (see NUOFA 3 for further information).

Specifically, the ASU system of certification maintenance is intended to:

  1. Ensure that a Provider's knowledge is current and well-honed.
  2. Provide a method for verifying a Provider's competency in NUEC 3 / NUOFA 3 knowledge, skills, procedures and protocols.
  3. Shorten the length of time required for re-certification which significantly reduces training and labour costs.
  4. Act as pre-season first aid training; a Mountain Resort Industry best practice. Emergency response teams working in the Mountain Resort Industry generally conduct a minimum of 2-3 days of emergency medical training prior to the start of a new season. The ASU system of certification maintenance serves not only to maintain an individual Provider's first aid certification but also provides a framework for operators in the Mountain Resort Industry to adopt industry best practices and maintain high standards, an essential element of effective risk management.
 LENGTH 1 - 2 Days (site-dependent)
 COST $110 (tax exempt)
 PRE-REQUISITES 1.  Minimum 80 hr. first aid certification recognized by PEAK
2.  Pre-read: 10 - 15 hours (student & ASU cycle dependent)
3.  Physically & mentally fit; self-declaration of fitness required

 


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