Award in Basic Life Support and Safe Use of an Automated External Defibrillator

The qualification means learners should be able to safely and effectively use an automated external defibrillation machine.

Course information

This qualification is designed for those learners wishing to take further training or to develop their knowledge and/or skills in this subject area. It is recommended for first-aiders in the workplace environment who have access to a defibrillator.

Learners gaining this qualification will know that cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillation form an essential part of the chain of survival. The topics covered are regarded by Skills for Health as being important in maintaining good practice in the safe, prompt and effective administration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillation.

The qualification means learners should be able to safely and effectively use an automated external defibrillation machine.

    • Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is breathing normally.
    • Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is not breathing normally.
    • Know how to safely use an automated external defibrillator.
    • Be able to safely use an automated external defibrillator.

There is no specific age restrictions for this qualification.

It is also advised that learners have a minimum of level 1 literacy and numeracy.

1] Practical observation
The practical assessment of learners for the qualification is completed throughout the course delivery. This ongoing assessment will involve learners demonstrating practical first-aid skills across a number of areas.

2] Written/oral questioning
Learners are required to answer a series of questions ensuring their understanding of the theory content is sufficient to meet the required standard. Oral questioning can be used to extract further information for these questions during the practical assessments, with the tutor documenting the responses, or when needing to supplement learners’ written responses, according to individual learners’ needs.

All successful students will be issued with a certificate which is valid for a period of 3 years.

Please note that there is minimum requirement of 4 students for group bookings.

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