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Red Cross
Basic Life Support (BLS)

Teaches the important steps to perform a rapid assessment, perform Basic Life Support (BLS) skills, and perform rapid defibrillation including the use of an AED.

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Heart and Stroke
Basic Life Support (BLS)

Teaches single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in both pre-hospital and in-facility environments with a focus on high quality CPR and team dynamics.


Airway Management

Teaches participants the knowledge and skills to create a patent airway, the interventions to maintain it, and the equipment available to carry out these skills.


Oxygen Therapy

Teaches participants the knowledge and skills to correctly identify when it is necessary to administer supplementary oxygen.


Heart and Stroke
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
Provider and Renewals

Advanced resuscitation program designed for healthcare providers to improve outcomes for pediatric patients experiencing respiratory emergencies, shock and cardiac arrest.


Heart and Stroke
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

Provider and Renewals

Advanced resuscitation designed for healthcare providers to improve outcomes with adult patients experiencing a cardiovascular emergency.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the Heart and Stroke Foundation BLS program and the Red Cross BLS program?

Many employers, education programs or volunteer groups will be very specific about which BLS provider they wish you to have. We recommend speaking with them prior to registering, or calling in and asking one of our knowledgeable Customer Service Team Members for assistance.

What is the most requested BLS program in Alberta workplaces?

The most prominent employer is Alberta Health Services. All AHS employees are required to hold a Heart and Stroke BLS Provider certification. However, they will accept a Red Cross BLS certification for new hires only.

Can I change my BLS certification from one provider to the other?

Yes. The Red Cross will permit a BLS recertification from another provider if it is current.

The Heart and Stroke does require any candidate who is from another agency to complete the BLS Provider Renewal Prerequisite Challenge prior to attending a renewal.

Can I attend a recertification or renewal if my current certification has expired (even by one day)?

Red Cross says No.

Heart and Stroke says yes if the candidate has completed the prerequisite challenge prior.


AHASTI recommends that participants register to attend a recertification a minimum of 4 weeks prior to the expiry date, in the event a class has low enrolment or a change in the participant's work or personal schedule, illness, or other unforeseen circumstances.

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