Canadian Red Cross BLS (Basic Life Support) Courses

BLS provides the skills to recognize and respond to cardiovascular emergencies and choking for adults, children, and babies. Basic Life Support skills are required for nursing staff, doctors, EMS providers, and care aides, medical and dental professionals. 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.

Note: If you work for or plan to work for Alberta Health Services, you require Heart & Stroke Basic Life Support.

If you are a University of Calgary Nursing Student, please register here.

Basic Life Support Field Guide

Note: Canadian Red Cross BLS can be combined with Emergency First Aid or Standard First Aid.

  • Course length combined with Emergency First Aid – 1 day
  • Course length combined with Standard First Aid – 2 days

** Your Standard or Emergency First Aid certification is valid for three years, while the BLS can be recertified annually.

Canadian Red Cross BLS – Basic Life Support

Course Length

  • Full Course (1-year certification) – 4 hours
  • Recertification – 2 hours


  • Full Course (certification) $85.00
  • Recertification – $70.00

Course Content:

  • Glove removal
  • Primary Assessment
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Airway Obstruction
  • Assisted Ventilation
  • Basic Life Support special consideration

*Please note: to take a re-certification course you must hold a valid and current (non-expired) BLS certificate. Those with valid CPR-HCP certificates must take a BLS full course. Those with Heart & Stroke BLS certificates are welcome to take a Red Cross BLS recertification.

This course meets all ILCOR guidelines.

Combine Canadian Red Cross BLS with a First Aid Course:

  • Standard First Aid and Emergency First Aid are Canadian Red Cross authorized.
  • These first aid courses meet federal, and most provincial, regulations.
  • Courses are workplace approved
  • Courses include injury prevention content.
  • The Red Cross course exceeds the standards of other first aid course providers

Course Cost

  • Standard First Aid combined with BLS: $155.00
  • Emergency First Aid combined with BLS: $120.00

Course Content

  • Standard First Aid
    • Head & Spine Injuries
    • Bone, Muscle & Joint Injuries
    • Wound Care
    • Sudden Medical Emergencies
    • Environmental Emergencies
    • Poisons
    • For more details, see Standard First Aid.
  • Emergency First Aid

Course Schedule:

If you would like to complete your First Aid course on different dates than those shown below, please contact our office at 403-452-7727 to discuss available options.
Click here for Heart & Stroke Basic Life Support Courses.

North Location – 1632 14th Ave. NW (North Hill Professional Centre)

Register Now