Online Heart & Stroke BLS (Basic Life Support) Courses

Online Basic Life Support courses meet Alberta Occupational Health & Safety first aid workplace legislation and Heart & Stroke Foundation training standards.

Register now for an Online Basic Life Support course and complete Part 1: Online Learning at home! Participants who complete the Online Learning will receive a completion certificate that is valid for the Heart & Stroke Foundation during Covid-19. Participants must take Part 2: Classroom Learning once in-person training resumes and it is safe to do so. After completing both parts, you’ll be issued your 1-year certification.

Blended Learning

Register now to complete Part 1: Online Learning at home. You will receive an email with instructions on how to access the Heart & Stroke Foundation’s online learning portal within 1 business day of registration.

Finish your online learning to receive a certificate of completion which is valid for Heart & Stroke Foundation requirements during Covid-19.

Part 2: Classroom Learning includes hands-on practical BLS skills. Participants must complete Part 1 before attending, and they must complete Part 2 once it is safe to do so. Classroom learning dates will be available once in-person training resumes.

Bring your certificate of completion to Part 2 as proof of eligibility. Complete Part 2 in order to receive your one-year certification.

Recertifications / Renewals

For Heart & Stroke Basic Life Support providers with certificates expiring between March 2020 through May 2020, Heart & Stroke provided a renewal grace period until September 30, 2020. Please note timelines may be extended. Online BLS recertification courses are also available.

Course Details

Basic Life Support is the fundamental course for all healthcare and emergency medical providers, delivered in a flexible format. The BLS Blended Learning course covers the same curriculum and teaches the same skills as the conventional instructor-led course but is delivered online through self-paced learning modules. The course covers single- and multi-rescuer basic life support skills with a focus on high-quality CPR and team dynamics in a wide variety of prehospital or in-facility settings.

BLS is a pre-requisite for advanced resuscitation courses and many healthcare-related training programs. A current completion card is often required for employment in the healthcare field.

You may also benefit from having your Basic Life Support level if you are a professional with a fire service or rescue team, a sports medicine professional, a lifeguard or a ski patroller. If you are not a first responder or medical professional, you may need CPR Level A or C.

Heart & Stroke Foundation

Heart & Stroke BLS – Basic Life Support

Course Length

  • Full Course (Blended 120, 1-year certification)
    • Online component: ~ 1 – 2 hours
    • In-class component: 2 hours
    • TOTAL LENGTH: 3 – 4 hours
  • Recertification (Blended 90)
    • Online component: ~ 1 – 2 hours;
    • In-class component: 1.5 hours
    • TOTAL LENGTH: 2.5 – 3.5 hours


  • Full Course (certification) – $100.00
  • Recertification – $75.00

Course Content:

  • High-quality CPR for adults, children, and infants
  • Chain of Survival
  • Use of an automated external defibrillator (AED)
  • Ventilations using a barrier device and bag-valve-mask
  • Multi-rescuer resuscitation
  • Team Dynamics
  • Relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) for adults, children, and infants

*Please note: to take a re-certification course you must hold a valid and current (non-expired) Heart & Stroke BLS certificate. Those with Canadian Red Cross BLS or CPR-HCP certificates must take a Heart & Stroke renewal assessment in order to be eligible to take a Heart & Stroke recertification course.

This course meets all ILCOR guidelines.

Course Schedule:

Part 1: Online Learning can be completed on your own schedule! This self-paced learning is intended to be flexible to meet your needs.

North Locations:

  • Suite 252, 1632 – 14 Ave N.W. Calgary AB (North Hill Professional Centre)
  • Tactic Room 1 & 2, 2359 Banff Trail N.W. Calgary AB (Aloft Calgary University)

If you have already registered, request a Part 2 date by emailing or by calling 403-452-7727. 

If you are registering now, choose a date for Part 2 while registering for your course.