This 4 hour course is for you, if you need to:
- Renew your CPR certificate
- Attend an annual CPR refresher course
- Learn to use a defibrillator (AED)
- Update or learn Basic Life Support BLS skills
AEDs save lives! You don't have to have been trained in order to use and AED in an emergency situation. Many people prefer to attend a course in order to boost their confidence to act promptly and effectively should they need to.
Following this course, all successful attendees will receive a Level 2 Award in Basic Life Support and Safe Use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) RQF qualificationwhich is valid for 3 years.
Defibrillator training can be delivered by all regulated training providers. It doesn't have to be given by the same organisation that provided your defibrillator. Defibrillators are designed to be easy to use. Although there may seem to be a large number of different AEDs on the market, in fact they all work in a very similar way, the main difference being whether they are semi-automatic or automatic. i.e. will the device deliver a shock to the casualty automatically or will it tell you (yes, AEDs talk to you!) to press a button in order to deliver a shock.
Universal defibrillator training devices are commonplace and are designed to take you through the safe use of an AED and train you to troubleshoot common problems.
Related First Aid Tips and FAQs
What is an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)?
Download the Department for Education AED Guide for Schools (updated Dec 2015)
Download the UK Resuscitation Council AED Guide (updated April 2017)