What happened is...
- TC did away with the (1-day) Marine Basic FA certificate. (WorkSafe BC OFA Level 1 and RC/SJA Emergency FA are also 1-day courses - essentially CPR, shock, choking and bleeding treatment)
- The old Marine Advanced FA ticket was 2-days of training; this has now been renamed as Marine Basic FA. This is what I have been taking / renewing periodically.
- There's also now the 1-week Marine Advanced FA, which is something like a 'first responder' ticket like what firemen take at the Justice Institute.
- Then there's Marine Medical Care, which is even longer to qualify for.
Depending on the type of work, it comes under federal and/or provincial labour legislation. Since the marine, rail and aviation industries are all federally regulated workplaces in Canada, employers/employees must meet the federal requirements for, among other things, first aid training standards. If you are a sport fishing guide at a fishing lodge in the Queen Charlottes, then you have to have federal Marine Emergency Duties and, say, also provincial first aid, depending on your job function.
First aid in the work place is provincially determined for non-federal industries (e.g. construction, forestry) so BC is different from AB is different from ON, etc.
SO AS A RESULT, the various requirements and training standards are not /cannot be identical / uniform / transferable / across the country / between provinces / between industries.
The marine FA training syllabus is supposed to better prepare you for injuries that can occur at sea whereas the aviation FA certificate (for flight attendants, commercial pilots) is more geared to things that can happen while flying.
It is really tough to try and get your head around what TC is thinking / doing and why.
Part of the reason for the many changes (not just to first aid) is to bring Canada in line with relatively new (like over the past 15 years) worldwide standards. So it's that 'globalization' thing once again.
The above is the domestic view. There is also the international standard for first aid under the STCW convention for sea farers working non-domestically (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping).
Clear as mud ?!