Basic Life support for Health Professionals

 Course content and learning outcomes:

Participants will be able to perform the steps of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, basic airway manoeuvres and rescue breathing in casualties of all ages. After the course, the candidates will be skilled in the use of bag-valve resuscitators and in the technique of automated external defibrillation.

Participants will be able to demonstrate how to manage choking in conscious and unconscious adults, children and infants and be aware of special considerations such as scene and rescuer safety and standard safety precautions. Attention will also be given to the legal aspects of resuscitation and the ethical aspects of basic life support.


Target group:

The Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers Course is open to all healthcare workers who have a voluntary or professional duty to respond to a cardiac or respiratory emergency.


 Course structure:

The Course is taught in a relaxed, video-based practice-while-watching interactive adult-learning environment. The focus is on active participation with ample opportunity to practice and apply these skills in simulated scenarios.


Preparation and assessment

On registration the candidate will receive a BLS for HCP manual to study. The candidate will be expected to achieve 85% for a written entry test (taken on the day of the course) as well as proficiency in the practical exercises. A pocket mask is provided for practice purposes.

Upon successful completion of the training course an American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers course completion card valid for two years, will be issued.

15 CPD points can be claimed if a valid HPCSA number is provided.

The BLS for Healthcare Provider Course is a compulsory entry requirement for international advanced life support courses such as ACLS, PALS, ANLS, AMLS, as well as certain national post-graduate qualifications such as the Diploma in Primary Emergency Care (Dip PEC) of the College of Emergency Medicine of South Africa..


Other information

  • Entry requirement: Qualified Health Care Professional / Candidate will receive manual at least two weeks before the course for self-study and achieve 85% for written entry test at the start of the course.
  • Manual: English
  • Venue: On-site (min 6 candidates) or Public Course
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Evaluation: Theory & Practical
  • Certificate: American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers Certificate issued
  • Unit Standard: n/a
  • CPD Accreditation: 15 points if a valid HPCSA number is provided.

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South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)
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Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC)