Basic Life Support (BLS) Training

Basic Life Support (BLS)

Basic Life Support (BLS) is a type of first aid training that focuses on providing immediate care to individuals who are experiencing life-threatening emergencies.  The primary goal of BLS is to maintain the basic functions of life, such as breathing and circulation, until advanced medical help arrives.

BLS training covers the following key skills and techniques:

  1. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR):  BLS teaches CPR, which involves chest compressions and rescue breaths to help restore blood circulation and oxygenation in a person whose heart has stopped.
  2. Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Use:  BLS training includes instruction on how to use an AED, which is a portable device that delivers an electric shock to the heart in cases of cardiac arrest to restore a normal heart rhythm.
  3. Recognition and Response to Choking:  BLS teaches techniques for identifying and responding to individuals who are choking and may be unable to breathe.  This includes performing back blows and/ or abdominal thrusts to clear the airway.

Basic Life Support (BLS) Continued

  1. Assessment and Initial Care:  BLS training emphasises the ability to assess the patient’s condition, including checking for responsiveness, assessing breathing, and determining the presence of a pulse.  It covers the initial steps to be taken in emergencies such as calling for help, activating emergency medical services, and providing basic care until more advanced medical assistance arrives.
  2. Recovery Position:  BLS includes instruction on placing an unconscious but breathing individual in a stable position known as the recovery position to prevent airway obstruction and ensure proper breathing.
  3. Basic First Aid Skills:  BLS may also cover basic first aid techniques such as controlling bleeding, managing shock, immobilising injuries, and providing care for burns, fractures, and other common medical emergencies.

Workplace First Aid Annual Refresher Training

If first aiders are unable to access annual refresher FACE TO FACE training, the HSE supports the use of online refresher training to keep your skills up to date – further details

Ofsted guidance for first aid in schools – click here

Who should enrol on this Online Basic Life Support (BLS) Training course

This Online Basic Life Support (BLS) Training course has been created to work best with settings such as (and not limited to) Offices, Factories, Maintenance, Schools, Academies, Nurseries and Per-Schools, Sports Centres, Sports Teams, Leisure centres, Clinics, Surgeries, Health Centres, lone workers, out of school and afterschool settings.

Link to the HSE Website – click here

Important information

Remember, workplace first aid / first aid at work is a specialised area, and it is always recommended to undergo face to face formal training from certified organisations like ourselves to gain a comprehensive understanding of these topics.  Prompt action, staying calm, and providing the necessary care can significantly improve the outcome for a casualty in need of immediate assistance.  If you need to complete the full face to face HSE recognised First Aid at Work Level 3 course then click here.

Ofsted recommendations for first aid in schools, early years and further education – click here

Will I Become a Qualified First-Aider After Completing This Course?

No – although this course is a great CPD accredited course built for the purpose of generating an awareness, you will need to attend a face to face course to comply with Ofsted and/or the HSE requirements.

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Accredited course

Certification – Online Basic Life Support (BLS) Training

This online Basic Life Support (BLS) training course is accredited by The CPD Group as conforming to universally accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

This course is also built inline with the European Resuscitation Council Guidelines – click here

On successful completion of this course you will be immediately able to print off your quality assured certificate – which will rest in your account until your certificate expiry date.  This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit.

Recognised by:

HSE, Environmental Health, Insurance Companies, Ofsted, ISI, ISA, HMIE, Estyn, Sports and Medical regulating bodies and childminding agencies.

What does this online first aid training course cover

The Primary Survey – Casualty Management, The Priorities of Treatment, First Aid Kits, Hygiene, Record Keeping and  The Primary Survey.

The Secondary Survey – The Recovery Position and Choking.

Resuscitation – CPR for Adults, Children and Babies and AED (Defibrillators)


Approx. 3 hours to complete / Progress automatically saved.

Assessment – Multiple choice questions / Pass Mark 75%.  The answers are marked automatically so that you’ll instantly know whether you passed.  If you don’t pass then don’t panic!  You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra cost.

Valid for 3 Years.  Download and print your certificate.

The aims / learner outcomes of the online Basic Life Support training course:

By the end of this online first aid training course, you will:

  1. Knowledge of Basic Life Support:  Participants will acquire knowledge and understanding of the concepts and principles of BLS, including the importance of early recognition, initiation of CPR, and the use of an AED.
  2. Ability to Perform CPR:  Participants will learn and demonstrate the correct techniques for performing CPR on adults, children, and infants.  This includes chest compressions, rescue breaths, and the appropriate compression-to-ventilation ratio.
  3. Competence in Using an AED:  Learners will gain the skills necessary to properly operate an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), including recognising when an AED should be used, applying electrode pads, and following the device’s prompts.
  4. Response to Choking Emergencies:  Participants will learn how to identify and respond to choking situations in individuals of different age groups, applying appropriate techniques such as back blows or abdominal thrusts.
  5. Recognition and Response to Life-Threatening Emergencies:  Learners will develop the ability to recognise and respond to various life-threatening emergencies, including cardiac arrest, respiratory distress, and other medical emergencies.  This includes knowing when to activate the emergency medical services and how to provide initial care until professional help arrives.
  6. Application of First Aid Skills:  BLS training often includes basic first aid skills, such as controlling bleeding, managing shock, immobilising injuries, and providing care for burns, fractures, and other common medical emergencies.
  7. Confidence and Preparedness:  BLS training aims to instil confidence in participants to respond appropriately and effectively in emergency situations.  Learners should feel prepared to initiate lifesaving actions, provide essential care, and assist until professional medical help arrives.
Did you know we deliver first Aid training at our training centre in Hertfordshire and can also visit your venue

Settings that need to comply with the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework should assess their needs and should consider the full Paediatric First Aid Course.

Settings that need to comply with HSE requirements should assess their needs and consider the First Aid at Work or Emergency First Aid at Work course.