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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
Learning for a Lifetime


BCIT "Enhanced Bridge Watch Rating" Program

Are you passionate about our coastal waters?

Start your career at sea as a deckhand! Explore a marine career working on tugboats, ferries, or deep-sea vessels. BCIT is offering, tuition-free,  the Enhanced Bridge Watch Rating Program and the hands-on training required for a sea faring career.

Age requirement:

  • ‚Äčmust be at least 18 by th‚Äče end of the program‚Äč... could start when 17, depending on your birthdate
  • open to grads (up to age 26).

Intake dates and times:‚Äč

  • ‚ÄčOctober 17, 2022 - Febr‚Äčuary 22, 2023 (Mon - Fri, 8.30am - 3.30pm)
  • February 6, 2023 - May 29, 2023  (Mon - Fri, 8.30am - 3.30pm)
‚ÄčFor more information and application, see links in the right column.

Forklift, Bobcat (aka Steer Skid) + Scissorlift Training

These training/certificate opportunities are all 1-day (separate) courses that will teach you to properly and safely operate a forklift (gas + propane), scissorlift and bobcat (buck‚Äčet and/or fork‚Äčs). The programs will use both theory (classroom) and practical (on the vehicle) learning. 

Course Information:

  • Black's Equipment Training (#125 - 1525 Broadway St., Port Coq): website
  • 8.00am - 4.00pm (with ‚Äčappropriate breaks)
    • please arrive 15 mins early to pay and submit registration‚Äč
  • $175 per course- receipts will be issued by the company
    • cash (no cheques)
    • credit card
    • debit card
  • students covered by WCB while in training session‚Äč
  • limited to 5-6 students per intake

Students must:

  • be at least 16 years old
  • have their "N" driver's license
  • few key points on driving a forklift, as opposed to a car:
    • the back wheels turn, not the front ones
    • as a forklift operator, you will be driving in 'reverse' about 60% of the time... so ideally you are comfortable driving a car in reverse, including parallel parking 
  • wear required personal protection equipment (PPE):
    • mask - will follow PHO's and WorkSafeBC's guidelines at the time of training
      • ‚Äčcan always wear mask if you choose... personal decision if masks are deemed 'optional'
    • CSA approved safety boots (not the 'gumboot' style)
    • high visibility vest
  • dress appropriately for indoor and outdoor conditions
  • bring their own lunch, snacks and water 
    ‚Äč(there are a couple fast-food type restaurants across the street)
Next proposed training dates:

‚Äč‚ÄčThursday, March 24
* potentially Wednesday, March 23 if there is enough interest‚Äč

What to register for one of the training sessions?
Please complete the following survey:‚Äč
Step #1 S‚Äčurvey‚Äč

Once you know you are in a training session, then you will need to complete and print-off  'step 2 - forklift application' (link in right column).

Occupational First Aid (OFA) - Level 1

Occupational First Aid (OFA) Level 1 is a one-day course designed to cover all medical techniques considered to be within the responsibility of the Occupational First Aid Level 1 Attendant as required by the Workers' Compensation Board of BC (WCB). 

Course information:

  • time: 8.30am and runs until 4.30pm
    • with appropriate coffee and ‚Äčlunch breaks... bring your own food or there is a fast-food restaurant nearby
  • age: must be at least 16 years old at the time of the course
  • cost: $80 + GST ($84 total)
  • location: Universal Health & Safety at #201 - 4199 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
    • 10-minute walk from Gilmore Skytrain station
  • Main topics covered include:
    • Basic Life Support (CPR - A) -- CPR with Automated Defibrillator Training
    • Small Wound Management
    • Critical Airway, breathing and circulation interventions with C-spine management‚Äč
  • In order to be successful, participants must demonstrate practical skill competency and achieve 70% on a multiple choice exam. On successful completion of the course, participants receive a 3-year certification.
  • certification: government-issued photo ID is required to receive a certificate (ex: driver's license, passport, NEXUS, BCID,...)‚Äč
Next training dates:

Wed., Nov. 9‚Äč, 2022
Sat., Nov. 26
Sat. Dec. 10

Want to register for one of the training sessions?

To receive thi‚Äčs reduced workshop fee, yo‚Äču will need to complete the following online registration‚ÄčOFA L1 Registration. You will need a credit card to complete the registration process.







School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

1080 Winslow Avenue, Coquitlam BC
V3J 0M6
604-939-9201 604-939-7828