Emergency First Aid with CPR + AED

EFA, SFA, OFA….What is the Difference?

Stuck figuring out which level of first aid you need? Here at Link2Life, we provide 4 distinct levels:

  • Emergency First Aid with CPR-A or C + AED, 6.5-8 hrs
  • Emergency First Aid Childcare with CPR and AED, 8-9 hours
  • Standard First Aid with CPR-C or HCP + AED, ~ 16 hrs
  • Occupational First Aid Level 1 with CPR-A + AED, 8 hrs

EFA with CPR + AED

This level of first aid is recommended or required for the following individuals:

Fitness professionals, health care workers/students, and those in the line of childcare. Further broken down, individuals who should take the class include dental assistants, pharmacists, personal trainers, group fitness instructors, camp leaders and teachers.

Course content includes:

  • Preparing to respond
  • The EMS system
  • Airway emergencies
  • Breathing and circulation emergencies
  • First aid for respiratory and cardiac arrest
  • Wound care
  • CPR-A + basic AED training

…Upgrade to CPR-C?

As CPR level A is CPR for adults only, it is generally recommended that you upgrade to CPR level C if you work with children or people of all ages.

EFA Childcare with CPR-B/AED

This level of first aid is recommended or required for the following individuals:

Camp counselors, day camp leaders, daycare staff, teachers, parents, and anyone who works with or lives with children should take this certification class.

Course content includes everything in EFA, with the addition of a childcare-specific component.

…Upgrade to CPR-C?

As CPR level B is CPR for infants only, it is generally recommended that you upgrade to CPR level C if you work with children or people of all ages.

SFA with CPR + AED

Those interested in lifeguard training (NLS), camp leaders, registered massage therapists, and for students in nursing, physiotherapy and human kinetics programs.

Course content includes everything included in EFA, with coverage on the additional topics:

  • Head and spine injuries
  • Bone, muscle and joint injuries
  • Sudden medical emergencies
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Poisons
  • Secondary Emergencies
  • CPR-C + basic AED training

…Upgrade for CPR-HCP?

As HCP stands for Health Care Provider, the CPR-HCP upgrade is recommended for those working in the health care field – for example, those is nursing and naturopathic medicine.

OFA Level 1 with CPR-A + AED

Unlike SFA and EFA, Occupational First Aid Level 1 is a WorkSafeBC approved course. As such, it is a course that is recommended for those who mainly deal with work colleagues rather than patrons or clients. This introductory first aid course helps workers identify life threatening and common emergencies in the workplace. Upon successful completion the student will be considered a level 1 Occupational First Aid Attendant in British Columbia.

Course content includes:

Participants will use the Priority Action Approach with appropriate Critical Interventions to deal with and document the following first aid emergencies according to the Occupational First Aid Level 1 Training Manual:

  • Airway management with C-spine control for conscious patients and patients with a decreased level of consciousness
  • Soft tissue injuries including eye injuries and burns
  • Sprains and strains
  • Respiratory emergencies including asthma and anaphylactic shock
  • Circulatory emergencies including stroke and heart attack
  • Diabetic emergencies, poisoning, seizures, and fainting
  • First Aid for Respiratory and Cardiac Arrest
  • How to fill out a First Aid Record
  • MSDS sheets
  • Worksafe regulations and OFAA roles and responsibilities
  • CPR-A + basic AED training

Still confused? Contact us today for help in figuring out your best option!

2 comments on “EFA, SFA, OFA….What is the Difference?

    • Link2Life on

      Hi Michael,

      In terms of recertification, no, Emergency First Aid (EFA) is not the same as Standard First Aid (SFA). SFA is a higher level of certification than EFA, so you can use an old SFA certificate for an EFA renewal, but you cannot use an old EFA certificate for a SFA renewal.

      Kind regards,


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