The HeartSaver CPR AED course covers a range of topics to do with cardiac and respiratory emergencies. It will also teach you how to use an AED, when it should be used and who should use it. This course focuses heavily on practical skills and student participation. This video-based, instructor-led course that teaches adult CPR and AED use, as well as how to relieve choking on an adult. This course teaches skills with the American Heart Associations research-proven Practice-While-Watching (PWW) technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback and guide the students’ learning of skills. By the end of the course the students will have completed numerous cycles of CPR while using a defibrillator, this is all designed to make the student more comfortable and confident, if ever asked to carry out the skills for real.
The aim of the course is to equip the student with the relevant knowledge and skills to deliver a range of life saving techniques in an emergency situation.  
  1. To understand the principles of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
  2. To deliver a two-minute cycle of CPR.
  3. To safely and effectively use a defibrillator.
  4. To assist with someone who is choking. 
Students should be physically fit enough to carry out chest compression on a manikin while kneeling. It is a requirement that students demonstrate effective compressions and ventilations during the class. Student should also have a level of English language proficiency that will allow them to interact with the instructor and be led by the DVD. A sample of the DVD is available here.
Who's it for
The course is for people who want to learn CPR and AED use but who are not expected to use it regularly. This could include non-healthcare personnel, sports coaches, teachers and parents as a very small example. This course is also suitable for non-acute healthcare staff such as healthcare assistants, medical secretaries and dental nurses.
  • Adult Chest Compressions
  • Adult Breaths
  • Adult Pocket Face Mask
  • Adult Practice
  • Adult Defibrillation
  • Adult Choking
  • Child CPR Full
  • Infant CPR Full
  • Child Choking
  • Infant Choking
The course is facilitated by an instructor who will use DVD to guide you through the course. The course is delivered through English. There is also a Blended Learning option available for this course.
The course is between 2 - 4 hours long depending on the modules undertaken and the number of students on the course.
As students progress through the course they will be continually assessed by the instructor. Towards the end of the course the students will be presented with a complete CPR & AED scenario to which they must respond. Students must successfully complete all necessary steps to pass the course.  
Upon successful completion of this course students will be issued with an Irish Heart Foundation / American Heart Association credit card sized certificate. This cert will be valid for 2 years. It should also be noted that as this course is certified by both the Irish Heart Foundation & American Heart Association it is recognised internationally.
In order to maintain you qualification after your two-year certification period you will be required to undertake the course again. There is no refresher training for people who currently have an in-date certificate.