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CPR and AED – Qualification Level

SCQF Level 2 Award (Scotland)

QCF Level 5 Award (England, Northern Ireland & Wales)

CPR and AED – Description

The CPR and AED course is very practical and will enable learners to use the AED competently and with confidence. Not only does this course deal with the use of an AED but it also includes vital training in resuscitation and choking procedures.

Heart and circulatory disease claims around 200,000 lives each year. Many could have been saved if a defibrillator was made available. Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) are now becoming more common throughout a range of public and work places. A casualty’s survival rate will dramatically increase if an AED is available and if you have appropriately CPR and AED qualified personnel to use it.

In the UK approximately 30,000 people sustain cardiac arrest outside hospital and are treated by emergency medical services (EMS) each year. Electrical defibrillation is well established as the only effective therapy for cardiac arrest caused by ventricular fibrillation (VF) or pulseless ventricular tachycardia (VT). The scientific evidence to support early defibrillation is overwhelming; the delay from collapse to delivery of the first shock is the single most important determinant of survival. If defibrillation is delivered promptly, survival rates as high as 75% have been reported.
2010 Guidelines The use of automated external defibrillators, UK Resuscitation Council, 3 May 2013

It is not compulsory for employers to purchase AEDs to comply with the Health and Safety (First-Aid) regulations 1981.  However, if your needs assessment identifies an AED need then we recommend your staff should be fully trained in its use.
Awareness training in automated external defibrillators, HSE


A minimum of six contact hours in the classroom, consisting of practical and theoretical activities

CPR and AED – Syllabus

A range of subjects are covered including:-

  • Responsibilities and reporting
  • Resuscitation
  • Choking
  • Assessment of the situation
  • Heart attacks
  • AED safety
  • Dealing with an unresponsive casualty
  • Infection control
  • Paediatric defibrillation
  • AED functions
  • Defibrillation procedures


Assessment is on-going by the instructor, culminating with a question paper.

This qualification lasts for 3 years. To renew their qualification after 3 years, delegates will need to retake the full course. However, it is recommended that, during the 3 year period, delegates attend annual refresher courses.


A maximum of 12 students can be accommodated on this course and all candidates must be a minimum of 16 years of age to qualify.


£85 per person