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BLS vs CPR AED: What CPR Class Should I Take?

There are two kinds of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR): CPR/AED and Basic Life Support (BLS) which are offered in person and online at Quick CPR. If it's your first time enrolling for CPR classes, browsing online is often overwhelming if you don't know which is the appropriate training for you. While there are many benefits to increasing your portfolio with a CPR/AED or BLS certification, it is essential to consult a professional to have all the pertinent information before making a decision. Understanding the difference between the two CPR training courses can help determine where to start.

Basic Life Support (BLS)

BLS typically entails providing care beyond the scope of what you would in a general CPR training course. This includes things like team approach, administering oxygen, and in-hospital procedures. This course is mainly geared toward professional rescuers, such as nurses, lifeguards and EMTs.

The concepts covered in BLS classes are vital for professional rescuers, including those who handle unique cases like in-hospital and pre-hospital care. The course covers ventilation techniques, choking emergencies, BLS algorithms for all ages, effective resuscitation techniques, use of an AED and team dynamics.

CPR/AED – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/Automatic External Defibrillator

On the other hand, our CPR/AED is mainly recommended for non-medical providers. We can customize our CPR classes to address your specific needs, ensuring you get the most out of your training. The CPR/AED course includes CPR instructions, practice rounds on handling people of all ages, and a complete introduction to using an automatic external defibrillator to relieve choking.

Suppose your employer or profession requires a first aid course. In that case, this training course covers all the basic steps to handle medical emergencies like insect bites, allergic reactions, electrocution and many more. CPR/AED training is mainly preferred for home caretakers, teachers, personal trainers, construction workers and many more. Inquiring if your profession calls for first aid with your CPR course is crucial.

The Online Option

You can opt to forego basic CPR training and pursue a BLS certification, which is more comprehensive and complete. Many opt to pursue their CPR and BLS certification through the flexibility and convenience of online courses. This is the preferred solution for busy professionals who lack the finances or budget to attend training in a classroom setting.

Leverage our team's extensive healthcare experience and knowledge to start your CPR classes on the right foot. It is not usually straightforward when figuring out the proper coursework for you, but we can guide you to help you know the most suited for your profession. We believe your choice determines where you plan to apply the experience and knowledge gained.


Contact us and schedule a consultation with our team to start training from the comfort of your home or in in-person classes. If your profession requires medical certification, your employee can advise you on the ideal course to enroll in. Additionally, CPR and BLS certifications need to be renewed after a specific period, and Quick CPR can help with recertification.