Heart and Stroke - Basic Life Support (BLS/HCP) Renewal

The Basic Life Support (BLS) Renewal course is a fast-paced course that allows the experienced BLS provider (those who are confident in their BLS skills through regular use in their work in the ED, CCU, ICU on code team, or paramedics and first responders) the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge through written and skills assessment in a concentrated program.


The following items are covered in this Heart and Stroke - Basic Life Support (BLS/HCP) Renewal class:

  • Students will be evaluated on:
  • Describe the importance of high-quality CPR and its impact on survival
  • Describe all of the steps of the Chain of Survival
  • Apply the BLS concepts of the Chain of Survival
  • Recognize the signs of someone needing CPR
  • Perform high-quality CPR for an adult
  • Describe the importance of early use of an automated external defibrillator (AED)
  • Demonstrate the appropriate use of an AED
  • Provide effective ventilations by using a barrier device
  • Perform high-quality CPR for a child
  • Perform high-quality CPR for an infant
  • Describe the importance of teams in multi-rescuer resuscitation
  • Perform as an effective team member during multi-rescuer CPR
  • Describe the technique for relief of foreign-body airway obstruction for an adult or child
  • Describe the technique for relief of foreign-body airway obstruction for an infant


2 hours


The following are the prerequisite that a student is required to have before being allowed into this course:

  • Heart & Stroke BLS Program certification within the past 12 months.
  • OR a Heart & Stroke BLS Renewal Challenge completion certificates
  • Recommended that students bring their book from previous class. Books are available for purchase at $25 + GST


Certifications/completion cards expiring between March 1 and August 31, 2020 are now valid for entry into courses until October 31, 2020. This includes:
· Provider certifications (student completion cards)
· BLS Blended Class Passes
· BLS Renewal Prerequisite Challenge completion certificates

AHASTI will be offering face-to-face renewal courses for non-symptomatic providers who wish to renew now.

For more information on interim options please go to: https://cpr.heartandstroke.ca/s/article/Interim-Courses

The Heart & Stroke BLS course is designed for healthcare professionals and trained first responders who provide care to patients in a wide variety of both in-facility and prehospital settings or by those that require BLS certification and CPR training to enter into a healthcare-related training program.

If your certification card is past the expiry date on the card:
The BLS Renewal Prerequisite Challenge is designed to ensure the provider has the baseline knowledge to attend the BLS renewal course when they do not have a current Heart & Stroke BLS completion card.

You are eligible to take the BLS Prerequisite Challenge if you are a BLS provider who has:

* A BLS or “healthcare provider (HCP)” completion card from another agency
* An expired Heart & Stroke BLS Provider course completion card
* Not taken a recent (within the past 12 months) BLS course, but you are confident in your BLS skills through regular use in your work in the ED, CCU, ICU on code team, or as a paramedic
* A current Heart & Stroke BLS Provider completion card but are uncertain of your proficiency level and wish to assess your knowledge.
Once you have successfully completed the BLS Renewal Prerequisite Challenge, you will be able to print your certificate. You will also receive a PDF copy of your certificate via email. Please bring a printed or electronic copy of your Completion Certificate to your BLS Provider Renewal course. Some Instructors may ask you to email them your certificate prior to the day of class.GO TO: https://resuscitation.heartandstroke.ca/resources/other/bls_training

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Upon successful completion of this program you will have earned the following tickets:

  • Students who successfully complete the course will receive an email that provides access to their BLS Provider eCard. This electronic proof of course completion can be accessed directly online, downloaded or printed for convenience. A Heart & Stroke-printed course completion card is available for an additional fee when requested through the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

hdgAdditional Information

Students must pass a written exam with 84% or higher and skills test in order to qualify for a BLS for Healthcare Provider (C) course completion card.

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