Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation & Automated External Defibrillation Course

Course Information

The Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation & Automated External Defibrillation Course is designed to train individuals and company staff that require training in basic life support and automated external defibrillation.

This course will provide the necessary skills to manage a patient that is unconscious and not breathing normally until the arrival of the emergency services.

This course meets the guidelines of the UK and European Resuscitation Councils for Basic Life Support and the use of an AED.

The course can be reduced to 2 hours 15 minutes if basic Life Support training has been received in the preceding 3 months.

This course is mapped to the learning outcomes of the Level 2 Award in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation.

Course Specification

Intended Participant: Workplace First Aid and Community First Responders
Max Student Instructor Ratio: 12 Candidates: 1 Instructor
Max Class Size: 24 Candidates (with 2 instructors)
Course Duration: Initial Training: 6 hours
Retraining time: 6 hours
Assessment: Practical assessment with oral questions
Certificate Expiry: 3 years from date of completion



Content and Materials

Student Materials Includes:
• Essential Skills Guide
• Successful Completion Card
• Emergency Plan & Guidance Card
• Wall Certificate
• Course Evaluation and Statement of Understanding Form

Hands-on Skill Practice

Students will practice the essential skills in small groups and will apply these skills in scenario sessions during the course.


Students are assessed throughout the course by instructor observation of the essential skills. There is also a summative assessment of knowledge and skills at the end of this course.


Course Topics


Principles of First Aid
Good Practice
Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Chain Of Survival
Emergency Management Procedure
Care Cycle™

Scene Safety

Scene Survey
Exposure Protection

Basic Life Support

Primary Survey, Recovery Position & Reassessment
CPR Adult (Cardiopulmonary
Alternative Ventilation Procedures
Adult Choking

Automated External Defibrillation

AED Algorithm
Chain of Survival
AED Use on Adults
Chest Preparation and Electrode Pad Placement
Handover to Advanced Care
Patient Report Form (PRF)
Equipment Checks and Troubleshooting