Basic Life Support (BLS)

The AHA’s BLS course trains participants to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations and provide early use of an AED. Reflects science and education from the American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC).

Who should take this course?

The AHA’s BLS Course is designed for healthcare professionals and other personnel who need to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills in a wide variety of in-facility and prehospital settings.

What does this course teach?

  • High-quality CPR for adults, children, and infants
  • The AHA Chain of Survival, specifically the BLS components
  • Important early use of an AED
  • Effective ventilations using a barrier device
  • Importance of teams in multirescuer resuscitation and performance as an effective team member during multirescuer CPR
  • Relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) for adults and infants


Course Completion Card

Upon completion of all course requirements, participants receive a BLS Provider Course Completion Card which is valid for two years.

Continuing Education Credits

Depending on which BLS course option you choose, CE/CME may be available for your profession.

Find a Training Center near you

Training Centers

Use our Find a Course tool to locate an AHA Training Center in your area that offers classroom and skills sessions.

Purchase BLS Course Materials

Visit ShopCPR.Heart.org to purchase BLS Course Materials.