Heart and Stroke Basic Life Support Available Now!

Basic Life Support (BLS) is the foundational course for healthcare professionals, emergency medical providers, and trained first responders who provide care to patients in a wide variety of in-facility and prehospital settings. Basic Life Support is the cornerstone program for healthcare professionals. If you work for Alberta Health Services, or plan to work for them, you require Heart & Stroke Basic Life Support.

As the gold standard, Heart & Stroke’s Basic Life Support training courses teach the theoretical and hands-on skills needed to respond to medical emergencies and drives the best possible patient outcomes. The course covers single- and multi-rescuer basic life support skills with a focus on high-quality CPR and team dynamics in a wide variety of prehospital or in-facility settings.

Basic Life Support is a pre-requisite for advanced resuscitation courses and many healthcare-related training programs. A current completion card is often required for employment in the healthcare field. You may also benefit from having your Basic Life Support level if you are a professional with a fire service or rescue team, a sports medicine professional, a lifeguard or a ski patroller. If you are not a first responder or medical professional, you may need CPR Level C.


Individuals who need training due to work requirements or who want more knowledge to respond to emergencies at home. Individuals who work in the field or in the energy sector are required to have this full Standard level ticket.


This Heart & Stroke Foundation Basic Life Support course contains updated content and science from the most recent guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiac Care. The skills taught are as follows:

• Chain of Survival
• 1-rescuer / 2-rescuer CPR
• High-quality chest compressions with a feedback device
• Multi-rescuer team CPR
• Adult, Child and Infant CPR and relief of choking
• Use of an AED
• Effective ventilations using a barrier device and bag-mask device
• Opioid-associated life-threatening emergencies
• Role of the CPR coach; Maternal cardiac arrest; Anaphylaxis; Drowning; Heart attack and stroke; and, Other life-threatening emergencies

COVID-19 CONSIDERATIONS: All hands-on practical training components are completed in a safe and cautious manner. There is no partner work or student-to-student contact at this time. Physical distancing continues to be observed in all classroom settings – both in-house and offsite.

This course meets the legislation requirements set for provincial/territorial worker safety and insurance boards and includes the latest first aid and CPR guidelines.


Upon successful completion, students will have the ability to comprehend and successfully demonstrate all required skills, including critical steps;
100% attendance and participation; 75% min. passing grade on a written, closed book knowledge evaluation; and adherence to the Fundamental Principles.

Duration: 4 Hours

Certification: Heart and Stroke Basic Life Support                          Expiry: 3 years