Programs & Courses

Basic Life Support

The Basic Life Support (BLS) course trains participants to recognize life-threatening emergencies, perform a primary assessment, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver ventilations and use of an automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
In the classroom, instructors provide interactive clinical scenarios and learning stations to prepare participants for real life situations. The course is designed to build confidence to effectively perform high-quality CPR.

Method of Delivery:


  • In-classroom courses means participants are with a Red Cross Instructor for their entire learning experience.
  • Instructors teach CPR and AED training using presentations and skills demonstration.
  • Instructor’s observe the participants, providing guidance and feedback to facilitate their learning experience in a fun and friendly environment.

Course Contents

Additional Information

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:

  • Remove disposable gloves
  • Demonstrate how to do a primary assessment following life-threatening conditions such as a heart attack, stroke, difficulty breathing, choking, severe bleeding and shock.
  • Describe and demonstrate how to help a conscious and an unconscious victim with an obstructed airway
  • Use an epinephrine pen
  • Describe how to perform two-rescuer CPR
  • Demonstrate how to give rescue breaths using first aid equipment, e.g.: oxygen, bag-valve mask and mouth-to-mouth
  • Demonstrate how to use an AED on an adult, child and infant

Course Materials

  • Canadian Red Cross Basic Life Support Field Guide

Course Format/Time

  • BLS Provider Course takes approximately 6 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing

Course Completion Card or Certificate

Upon successful completion of this course, students receive a Basic Life Support certificate (digital certificate) valid for 1 year.

Available Levels

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Level HCP