Course Overview

Who is this qualification for?

The purpose of this qualification is to enable individuals to enhance their knowledge and skills in basic life support, enabling them to fulfill their responsibilities in the workplace or any other setting. It also serves as a stepping stone towards further first aid training. This qualification is particularly beneficial for workplace first-aiders who have access to a defibrillator.

Upon achieving this qualification, learners will understand the vital role of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillation (AED) in the chain of survival. The topics covered in this course are considered essential by Skills for Health to ensure the safe, prompt, and effective administration of CPR and AED. By obtaining this qualification, learners will be proficient in using an AED device safely and effectively.

As per industry recommendations, it is advisable for learners to undergo this course again after three years to stay up to date with the latest guidelines and practices.


Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is breathing normallyBe able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is not breathing normallyKnow how to safely use an automated external defibrillatorBe able to safely use an automated external defibrillator

Mandatory Units

Basic life support and safe use of an automated external defibrillator

  • Course level: Level 2
  • Credit Value: 1
  • Guided Learning Hours: 4
  • Total Qualifying Hours: 5