Blended Heart & Stroke BLS (Basic Life Support) Courses

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

Blended Provider and Renewal Courses

Basic Life Support (BLS) is the foundational course for healthcare professionals and trained first responders who provide care to patients in a wide variety of in-facility and prehospital settings. BLS is the cornerstone program for healthcare professionals. As the gold standard, Heart & Stroke’s BLS training courses teach the theoretical and hands-on skills needed to respond to medical emergencies and drives the best possible patient outcomes.

In this course, you will learn the fundamental skills of high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for victims of all ages. You will practice delivering these skills as a single rescuer and as a member of a multi-rescuer team.

The skills you learn in BLS will enable you to:

  • Recognize a cardiac arrest
  • Activate the emergency response system early
  • Respond quickly and confidently
  • Perform high-quality single-rescuer CPR and multi-rescuer team CPR

This course will ensure people in cardiac arrest have the best chance of survival.

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.


As long as your current certificate is still valid (not expired), you can take a Blended Provider Renewal (recertification) course to refresh your skills. Spend only 90 minutes in the classroom! If your certificate expires in “October 2021” you can recertify any time within that month. 

Course Details

Part 1: Online Learning

You will receive an email with instructions on how to access the Heart & Stroke Foundation online learning portal within 1 business day of registration. You must complete the online learning in advance of the classroom learning.

*If you are having troubles accessing the online exam you will need to contact the Heart & Stroke directly. This has been an unexpected issue with the online learning. Their number is 1-877-473-0333. You will need your name and HSF ID ready, and they can resolve the problem promptly.

Part 2: Classroom Learning

Classroom learning includes practicing hands-on skills. Bring your Part 1 certificate (Class Pass) to Part 2 as proof of eligibility. Complete Part 2 in order to receive your full one-year certification.

Part 2 must be completed within 90 days of Part 1.

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 Provider, 1-year certification)
    • Online component: ~ 1.5 hours
    • Supported browser (Chrome, Edge, Firefox) required. Safari browser is not supported at this time;
    • In-class component: 2 hours
    • TOTAL LENGTH: 2.5 – 3 hours
    • This course is ideal for individuals wanting a more comprehensive offering, and those who are new to BLS or do not frequently need to engage in life-saving measures.
  • Recertification (Blended Renewal, 1-year certification)
    • Online component: ~ 1 hours;
    • Supported browser (Chrome, Edge, Firefox) required. Safari browser is not supported at this time;
    • In-class component: 1.5 hours
    • TOTAL LENGTH: 2.5 – 3 hours
    • Current (non-expired) certificate required


  • Full Course (certification) – $105.00
  • Recertification – $80.00

Course Content:

  • Chain of Survival
  • 1-rescuer / 2-rescuer CPR
  • High-quality chest compressions with a feedback device
  • Multi-rescuer team CPR
  • Adult, Child and Infant CPR and relief of choking
  • Use of an AED
  • Effective ventilations using a barrier device and bag-mask device
  • Opioid-associated life-threatening emergencies
  • Role of the CPR coach;  Maternal cardiac arrest;  Anaphylaxis;  Drowning;  Heart attack and stroke;  and, Other life-threatening emergencies

*Please note: to take a recertification course you must hold a valid and current (non-expired) Heart & Stroke BLS certificate. If your certificate expires in “October 2021” you can recertify any time within that month. 

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 Location:

  • Suite 252, 1632 – 14 Ave N.W. Calgary AB (North Hill Professional Centre)

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. Note: If you register for this course on a weekend, you will get your online learning access on the following Monday (or following business day if it is a holiday weekend).