Electrical defibrillation is well established as the effective therapy for cardiac arrest, the most important determinant of survival being the time from collapse to delivery of the first shock. Today the widespread deployment of Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) is considered a realistic strategy for reducing death rates due to heart disease.  This qualification is suitable for anyone wishing to develop their basic life support skills.

Candidates who successfully pass this course will be awarded the following qualification:

ITC Level 2 Award in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation (QCF)

Course Content

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Vital Signs
  • Basic life Support
  • Chain of Survival
  • Heart Rhythms
  • AED Scenarios
  • Troubleshooting Problems
  • Dealing with the Aftermath


  • Continuous practical assessment undertaken throughout the duration of the course.
  • 1 x 15 question multi-choice exam papers.


The AED & CPR component of the course must comprise a minimum of 6 contact hours typically delivered over one day. Current regulations stipulate that the additional industry specific content must be delivered outside of these 6 hours.A typical AED & CPR course lasts approximately 7 hours i.e. 3 days of 9.30am – 4.30pm (allowing time for breaks).

The 6 hours of the core AED & CPR syllabus need not be delivered in only one day, in fact sessions of a minimum of 2 hours can take place over a period of up to 3 weeks. This allows us the flexibility to deliver courses around your workload and availability.


The certificate is valid for a period of 3 years from the date of issue and can be renewed by completing a further 6 hour CPR & AED course before expiry of the original certificate.

HSE recommends refresher training of a minimum of 3 hours annually.


Our group booking rates exclude any venue costs.

NPTA can arrange a suitable third party venue for your training at an additional cost, or organisations may provide their own venue.

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