Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is a procedure designed to restore normal breathing after cardiac arrest that includes the clearance of air passages to the lungs and heart massage by the exertion of pressure on the chest.

Basic Life Support (BLS) is the foundational course for healthcare professionals and trained first responders who provide care to patients in a wide variety of in-facility and prehospital settings. BLS is the cornerstone program for healthcare professionals.

CPR is an annual requirement and certification level can vary, depending on your program of study. Please refer to your program clinical requirements and deadlines. Plan to take your certification early in late summer or early fall to ensure you are certified for the entire school year.

Human Kinetics students please note: If you acquire a Standard First-Aid and CPR-C certification please be aware that the standard First Aid portion is valid for 3 years however, you must renew your CPR-C annually.

Once you have obtained the initial full CPR certification, a renewal course is required annually, regardless of the expiry date on your certificate.

Your certification must always remain valid. Annual renewal is required.

Courses are offered through:

Please note:

BLS and CPR-HCP courses are equivalent. Ensure you are specifically registered for one or the other. Your certification course should cover all skills and theory for adults, children, and infants, including:

  • One- and two-person rescue
  • Bag-valve mask (BVM)
  • Automated external defibrillator (AED)

If your certification does not cover all these topics, it is not valid.

Only blended online and in-person training certifications are accepted. Fully online courses will not be accepted.

You must email proof in PDF format of your CPR certification to the risk management advisor for your program.