CPR-HCP (Health Care Provider) covers all aspects of CPR skills and theory for adult, child and infant victims, including rescue breathing (artificial respiration) and the use of AEDs and bag-valve-masks (BVM). This HCP level is designed specifically for those who, as part of their job descriptions as Health Care Providers, have a duty to respond to medical emergencies (e.g., doctors, nurses, paramedics and allied health care professionals).

Prerequisite: None.

Instruction and certification: Current First Aid Instructors who hold CPR-HCP teach CPR-HCP. Current First Aid Examiners who hold CPR-HCP certify candidates. The Lifesaving Society deems its certifications to be "current" for 24 months from the certification date.

Candidate recognition: Certification card.

Required reference material: Canadian CPR-HCP Manual (Note that some affiliates provide materials to candidates, and some require candidates to purchase materials on their own. Double check before you purchase.)

Recertification: CPR-HCP course (6-8 hr.)


  1. Demonstrate one-rescuer adult, child, and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a manikin, and how to use an AED.
  2. Demonstrate two-rescuer adult, child and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a manikin.
  3. Simulate the treatment of:
    • a conscious adult or child with an obstructed airway
    • complications: a pregnant woman and person who is obese
  4. Demonstrate the treatment of a conscious infant with an obstructed airway on a manikin.
  5. Simulate the treatment of an unconscious adult, child, or infant with an obstructed airway.
  6. Demonstrate rescue breathing on a manikin.
  7. Demonstrate use of a Bag-Valve-Mask (BVM).


CPR-HCP course