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Automated External Defibrillation and CPR

St John Ambulance
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3 hours
Professional Training
Next available date: Enquire for more information - Accrington
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Course description

Automated External Defibrillation and CPR

Automated External Defibrillation & CPR- 3 Hour Course

For each minute that passes without defibrillation after the heart stops, the casualty’s chance of survival falls by about 10%*

Defibrillators are very simple to operate, and no previous first aid training is required. This three-hour course gives people the confidence to act quickly and effectively in an emergency.

Crucially, St John Ambulance will teach your defibrillator operators how to perform effective CPR in the event of a cardiac arrest as well as giving candidates the confidence and skills to use any type of defibrillator. 

*British Heart Foundation (2012)

What students get on this course

  • A student training pack containing everything  you need for this course and beyond, including a first aid reference guide and first aid supplies
  • One training mannequin for every two students, giving you more practice than with any other provider
  • No more than 12 students for each trainer, so plenty of one to one guidance
  • Those who qualify from this course will be provided with Associate Membership Insurance at no extra charge. Visit for details.

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Suitability - Who should attend?

This course is for anyone wishing to learn how to use a defibrillator. No previous first aid training is needed.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Candidates are assessed through continuous observation by the trainer.

Successful candidates will receive a St John Ambulance certificate valid for one year.

Training Course Content

Course content includes:

  • The role of the first aider
  • Managing an emergency
  • Communication and casualty care
  • Chest pains
  • Getting to know the AED (any type)
  • Operating the AED
  • Treatment of an unconscious casualty
  • Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Treatment of an unconscious casualty.


Location and availability

This course runs in training centres all over England and prices vary depending on the venue chosen.

In-House Training

If you have a group that requires training, St John Ambulance can come to you and deliver the course directly on your premises, saving you both time and money.

This Automated External Defibrillation (AED) course delivered by St John Ambulance is designed to equip delegates with the skills needed to take action in the case of a cardiac arrest, providing the casualty with CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) as well as AED.

The risk of death from cardiac arrest can be severely reduced by equipping workplaces with defibrillators and teaching members of staff how to use them effectively. This half day programme provides participants with all the essential skills required by AED operators, as well as the confidence to know how to act in an emergency situation. During the course they will familiarise themselves with the AED and it's operation, and develop a greater understanding of how to treat and resuscitate and unconscious casualty using effective CPR.

The course is an ideal way for participants to further their emergency first aid skills, but also serves as a basic module for healthcare workers.

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St. John Ambulance

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Head Office: 27 St John's Lane
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