Basic Life Support (BLS)

Basic Life Support (BLS)

Learn how to save someone’s life in a crisis with this free online certificate course on basic life support (BLS).

This course covers the basic steps in administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and basic life support measures (BLS) to adults, children and infants, depending on how many rescuers are available. We explain various first-aid manoeuvres, the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and how to open patients’ airways. The course qualifies you to gain international accreditation that signals your ability to save lives in a crisis.


The course outlines the international basic life support (BLS) 2015 guidelines and compares them to the 2010 version. We explore the details and categories that changed in delivering BLS and CPR to people of all ages and break down these life-saving techniques into easy steps.

We then discuss what to do once you arrive at the scene, alone or as part of a group. We show you how to check for responsiveness, use automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and open the patient’s airways if they’re struggling to breathe. We also take you through mouth-to-mouth and mouth-to-nose ventilation.

The course is free and can be accessed anytime and anywhere as you learn at your own pace. The skills you pick up here could help you save a life one day so sign up to qualify for international accreditation that indicates that you have received this valuable training. The certificate you earn here could help you become your workplace’s safety officer but its true value lies in the knowledge that you could protect those around you in an emergency, including those involving children that occur in the home.


Having completed this course you will be able to:

  • Examine the adult ‘chain of survival’ and its pediatric counterpart
  • Describe the details of the 2015 basic life support guideline changes
  • Discuss how to perform adult mouth-to-mask ventilation
  • Outline ‘bag-mask’ ventilation in two-rescuer CPR for adults
  • Break down one-rescuer and the two-rescuer BLS for children
  • Demonstrate how to open a child’s airway
  • Outline the steps of performing CPR on children
  • Explain the one-rescuer and the two-rescuer BLS for infants between 0 to 12 months old
  • Identify the AED steps for children and infants
  • Deliver mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing
  • Perform mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing on adults and older children
  • Provide mouth-to-mouth and nose-rescue breathing for infants

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