Basic Life Support (BLS)

Basic Life Support (BLS)

Basic Life Support (BLS) is the foundational course for healthcare professionals and trained first responders who provide care to patients in a wide variety of in-facility and prehospital settings. BLS is the cornerstone program for healthcare professionals.

The Basic Life Support course is designed for professionals in the health care field that work as pre-hospital or in-facility responders (e.g. ski patrol, nurses or nursing students, lifeguards, dentists, paramedics or firefighters).

Designed to build participant confidence in performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills in a team environment for professionals with a duty to respond. Teaches the important steps to perform a rapid assessment, perform Basic Life Support (BLS) skills, and perform rapid defibrillation including the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

This course will certify participants for one year and will require re-certification prior to the expiry date.

Intended Audience:

This course is geared towards high performance, team-based professional-level resuscitation. You will learn the skills to perform a rapid assessment, perform Basic Life Support (BLS) skills, and rapid defibrillation. Airway management and oxygen therapy can be added as additional certification to this course. In-facility care providers, including nursing staff, care aides, medical and dental professionals. Pre-hospital care providers, which may include professionals in a fire service, rescue team, sports-medicine, lifeguards and ski patrol.

Current holders of CPR HCP qualify to take a Basic Life Support re-certification.

Course Duration:
  • BLS Provider: 3.5 hours
  • BLS Renewal: 2.5 hours
  • BLS with Airway Management + Oxygen Therapy: 6 hours
Course Price:
  • Basic Life Support (CPR-HCP) – $85.00 (note: for this course only)
  • BLS with Airway Management and Oxygen Therapy – $125.00
  • BLS Recertification – $65.00
Course Content
    • Glove removal
    • Primary Assessment
    • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
    • Airway Obstruction
    • Assisted Ventilation
    • Basic Life Support special considerations

Red Cross Certificate (valid for one year)
Certificates are now virtual. Your certificate will be emailed to you after the course has taken place.

An e-manual is included. Hard copy manuals are available for an additional $10.00.

Who should take the course:

  • Nurses and nursing students
  • Ski patrol
  • Lifeguards
  • Medical assistants
  • Dentists
  • Paramedics and EMTs
  • Firefighters

CPR Level HCP has been now phased out by the Canadian Red Cross. Professional pre-hospital or in-facility responders should now take Basic Life Support (BLS). 

Contact EFAS to reserve your training

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Note: Applicable to all courses 

​Language instructed:

  • English

  • It is recommended that participants registering have an English Level greater than or equivalent to Grade 10 English (British Columbia School System)