The most important determinant of survival in cardiac arrest is the time from collapse to delivery of the first shock from an Automated External Defibrillator (please see CPR on You Tube via our Useful Links page). Today the widespread and growing deployment of AED’s is considered a realistic strategy for reducing death rates due to heart disease.

No previous experience is necessary, this qualification is suitable for anyone wishing to develop their basic life support skills.


  • Being Safe – best practice including prevention of cross-infection.
  • Vital Signs & Basic Life Support.
  • Incident Handling – a systematic approach to problem solving & decision making.
  • Unconsciousness – managing the unconscious casualty to ensure a safe airway, including seizure.
  • BLS Scenarios.
  • CPR & Choking – dealing with the non breathing casualty.
  • Chain of Survival.
  • Brief Historical Introduction to AED.
  • Heart Rhythms.
  • AED Scenarios.
  • Assessment.
  • Dealing with the Aftermath.
  • Evaluation.


This course provides an ITC Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation qualification.


Certificates are valid for three years (providing an annual 3 hour revalidation is undertaken – regular refresher training is strongly advised) following which candidates can requalify by undertaking another ½ day (4+ hour) CPR & AED Training course.