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Course overview

The CPR & defibrillator course is designed for the general public and covers basic first aid skills for adults as well as first aid in the workplace.

In the event of a critical cardiac arrhythmia, every second counts. The sooner an AED can be successfully applied and used, the better the chances of survival from cardiac arrest. Minor delays could mean the difference between life and death.

Your coworkers will be able to use a defibrillator instinctively after our defibrillator training session. An experienced trainer will walk you through the steps of applying an AED and then using it without hesitation to increase your chances of survival. Colleagues will be taught how to recognise warning signs, unpack the defibrillator, and correctly apply it in order to maximise the patient’s chances of survival. In our training, we cover both basic life support (CPR) and the legal implications of defibrillation.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this AED defibrillator course.

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Modules breakdown

This three-hour course includes study materials, expert coaching, and real-world exercises to provide in-depth instruction on the following topics:

  • breathing but unresponsive (recap)
  • unresponsive and unable to breathe (recap)
  • rhythms of the heart
  • survival chain
  • how to operate an AED
  • after use and ongoing maintenance of an AED

Defibrillator Certificate

Each learner who completes the course will be given a one-year defibrillator (AED) training certificate.

On-Site Defibrillator Training

The benefit of on-site training is that you can schedule sessions to meet the needs of your company. Weekend classes are also an option. Contact us right away to discuss your requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

common FAQs

Why Should You Take This AED Course?

Cardiac arrests can happen unexpectedly, and in these life-threatening situations, every second counts. AEDs are an important tool in saving lives and should be included in any workplace's health and safety provisions.

Even if you already have a defibrillator on your premises, it is critical that your employees know where it is and are confident in their ability to use it in an emergency. This is where our free defibrillator locator resources come in handy.

Defibrillators are simple to use, but training employees on how to use them ensures that they can respond quickly and effectively in an emergency. This course will teach employees how to use a defibrillator and perform CPR, both of which are critical components in the survival chain.

You can send employees to a scheduled course or invite one of our trainers to your workplace to train a group. Learn about on-site training opportunities.

Who Should Take This Defibrillator Training?

This course is ideal for people who want to improve their emergency first aid skills or who are already a part of a structured first aid programme. This course serves as a basic module for healthcare workers and can be used to demonstrate annual CPR and defibrillator use training for your Primary Care Trust.

This defibrillator course does not require any prior first aid knowledge. Candidates must have a basic command of English (Level 2) to be considered. Although we may be able to assist non-native English speakers, our capacity is limited by time and resources. Please contact us for assistance if special arrangements are required.

The number of first responders required on a construction site is determined by the level of danger involved in the work. Working at different levels, in confined spaces, at height, or with hazardous substances necessitates more first aiders. In the event of a reportable or claimable accident, the duty holder must be able to justify their level of first aid coverage to the HSE Inspector and insurance company.

Depending on the type of injuries that may occur, projects with 5 to 50 workers should have at least one first aider with training in Emergency First Aid at Work or First Aid at Work. A First Aid at Work-qualified first aider must be provided for every 50 employees on projects with more than 50 workers.

What are the objectives of AED training?

The main objectives of AED training are to equip individuals with the necessary life-saving techniques and to build confidence in using an AED. The training provides hands-on practice through simulations and real-life scenario simulations, allowing individuals to gain a better understanding of how to use an AED in a medical emergency. The aim is to equip individuals with the skills needed to provide immediate help and to be able to react effectively in a real-life situation. By the end of the training, individuals should feel confident in using an AED as a medical provider and be able to apply their newly acquired skills in a real-life scenario.

Would you offer a discount for a charity or schools?

Get in touch with our team; we may be able to offer a discount for a charity or schools.

Will I get defib certification?

Once you're aed trained, you'll get in house certification from Skills Training Group in the use of an automated external defibrillator.

Where can you offer this training?

We offer a nationwide service, so we can deliver training in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales or at one of our nationwide venues.

Can an aed be used on a child?

A child can be treated with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Special paediatric pads, however, are required for children under the age of eight. Pediatric pads have a lower shock threshold than adult pads, allowing a child's heart to receive a safe and effective shock. It is critical to read the manufacturer's instructions for the specific AED being used, as some AEDs may have different paediatric guidelines. Furthermore, it is always advisable to seek the assistance of medical professionals in the event of a medical emergency involving a child.

Do I need to pass an assessment?

There is no assessment for this course. On completion on the course, anyone who attended will receive a completion certficate.

How often should AED training be repeated?

The frequency of AED training is determined by a variety of factors, including local regulations and the nature of the organisation. It is generally recommended that AED training be repeated every two years to ensure that staff is up to date on the latest techniques and confident in using an AED.

This can be accomplished through a variety of means, including in-person training sessions, online courses, and watching educational videos on platforms such as YouTube. Some organisations may decide to include AED training as part of their regular first aid or mental health and wellbeing courses.

It is critical to regularly assess the needs of staff and the organisation, and to prioritise AED training repetition if necessary.