Qualifications and Certifications
Without delay, it all started in the spring of 2011. Putting the tools down and picking up the books, I was on my way to the University of the Fraser Valley. To begin with, the first of many courses to come. Of all the training I have taken, my first certification as a level 3 Occupational First Aid Attendant was the hardest. To this day I still hear my instructor Bevs voice ringing in my ear saying "Mike, if you have a problem, fix it. Now what's the next step with your patient".
Ive come a long ways since then. Receiving training from BCIT, the BCCSA, online with WorkSafe BC, the CCOHS, and a few different schools to recertify my OFA III. Listed below are links o my files online illustrating the accreditations and certification that I currently hold. Below that is a list of expired tickets where the knowledge is retained and still serves in a successful OH&S program.
- CNST 1100
- Construction Safety Specialist and Supervising for Safety
- Occupational First Aid III & 3M Certified Fit Tester
- Principals of Health & Safety and Injury Management
- BC Hydro Electrical Safety for Trades & Fire Fighters
- Electrical Safety
- Fall Protection for Construction
- Confined Space Entry C
- Behaviour-Based Safety
- Clearance Letter and JHSC Rep.
- WHMIS 2015 and Powder Actuated Tools
Past training with expired tickets.
- Traffic Control Person
- H2S Alive (Sour Gas)
- COR Internal Auditor
- Ground Disturbance II
Because of the shift in designations, I am working towards receiving my BCNCSO designation.
Recertifying expired tickets is upcoming as well as these future courses
Mini courses from
Furthermore, in the spring of 2016 I took these e-Courses through the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety. Despite not classified for any type of accreditation, what they doo supply is an awareness into the issues that are part of modern day life. Knowledge gained on-line from a federal wing of the OH&S Legislation can still be utilized in creating a safer construction site. Understanding where any specific e-course comes from is the key. The curriculum being instructed must reflect the environment, OH&S legislation of both the area and industry a person works in. However, in some cases e-learning will never be recognized. For example, a New and Young worker who takes a course on line in Personal Fall Protection from a reputable safety firm will not be recognized.
Other Careers Creates Knowledge and Skills
I also have to mention that in my youth into my 30s I also had other employment that has added to my knowledge base. When construction was slow, I often operated both a flat deck and one ton wrecker for various towing companies. There's no better on the job experience on how to deal with people and remain calm as well a respectful then conducting certain BCAA calls. Imagine it's 8:00 pm on a cold winter's night. There's over 20 inches of snow on the ground, you have already worked a 10 hour day non stop, and every towing company is at least 3-5 hours behind on calls due to the combination of events. People are upset to say the least. Picture that synario and you learn quick to hold your tongue and techniques to calm customers down. It became invaluable experience.