The information in this article pertains solely to standard, instructor-led courses.
BLS certification courses provide what the AHA refers to as high-quality CPR training for adults, children and infants. This goes into greater nuance in regards to CPR fundamentals. Additionally, the course includes information about the AHA chain of survival that encompasses six different links spanning from the early intervention from a CPR or BLS trained individual, through the post-resuscitation period.
It also includes information and hands-on training regarding the use of AEDs (automated external defibrillators), providing adequate ventilation through various barrier devices and how to identify and how to assess and remove foreign-body airway obstructions for adults and infants.
BLS Classes Focus on Team Rescue Situations
Finally, BLS courses spend time discussing the importance of teams in scenarios where multi-rescuer resuscitation is a possibility, and how participants can be highly effective team members if and when they encounter a multi-rescuer situation.
BLS Course Materials
Like other CPR, AED and/or First Aid training, students are provided with all the required materials when they arrive to the training location. Upon completion of the course and a passing grade on the written test as well as proficient, hands-on, interactive demonstrations, participants receive their certification card.
BLS Course Completion Cards are valid for two years.
Who Typically Needs a BLS Certification?
Because BLS certification places in emphasis on CPR for the medical environment, as well as additional, basic life support training, most companies or organizations requiring BLS certification employ:
BLS Provides More Comprehensive CPR Training
That being said, some organizations are choosing to upgrade their onsite training menus, providing BLS over CPR, to provide more comprehensive information and training for their employees. Professions that benefit from BLS certification include:
Those who work in a higher-risk environment.
Anyone who is likely to come across an injury or accident in the workplace, or who works in a location that is more than four minutes from a hospital or medical clinic benefit from the added level of education, hands-on training and practice.
Also, BLS certification from an AHA certified instructor counts for 2.50 Basic continuing education credits (activity number 16-AMHA F3-0302).
How Long Does It Take to Complete a Basic Life Support (BLS) Course?
The BLS certification course is designed to take about four hours, or a half-day – non including breaks. That time frame is projected based on a course with one instructor, six students and two manikins – the recommended instructor-student ratio.
If your company is interested in scheduling on-site CPR Training for a group, the course may require slightly more time to ensure everyone’s questions are answered and that all participants have ample time to practice and demonstrate their skills/education on the manikins.