Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in line with the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) guidelines.

This unit applies to all persons who may be required to provide CPR, in a range of situations, including community and workplace settings.

Learning Objectives

The CPR course provides appropriate training for staff who staff who may require CPR training as recommended by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) Guidelines. The comprehensive course training comprises of practical training plus face-to-face training.

Performance Evidence Required

Evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit in the context of the workplace or community setting.

There must be evidence that the candidate has completed the following tasks in line with State/Territory regulations, first aid codes of practice, first aid guidelines determined by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) and other Australian national peak clinical bodies and workplace or site procedures: 

  • managed, in line with ARC guidelines, the unconscious, breathing casualty including appropriate positioning to reduce the risk of airway compromise

  • managed, in line with ARC guidelines, the unconscious, non-breathing adult, including:

    • performing at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted single rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) (5 cycles of both compressions and ventilations) on an adult resuscitation manikin placed on the floor

    • following the prompts of an automated external defibrillator (AED) to deliver at least one shock

    • demonstrating a rotation of single rescuer operators with minimal interruptions to compressions

    • responding appropriately in the event of regurgitation or vomiting

    • handing over to emergency services

    • providing an accurate verbal report of the incident

    • reviewing the incident

  • managed, in line with ARC guidelines, the unconscious, non-breathing infant, including:

    • performing at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted single rescuer CPR (5 cycles both compressions and ventilations) on an infant resuscitation manikin placed on a firm surface.

Knowledge Evidence Required

Demonstrated knowledge required to complete the tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit:

  • guidelines and procedures including:

    • relevant ARC guidelines to managing the unconscious breathing and non-breathing casualty and provision of CPR

    • potential incident hazards and risk minimisation processes when providing first aid

    • infection control procedures, including use of standard precautions and resuscitation barrier devices

    • requirements for currency of skill and knowledge

    • first aid codes of practice

    • appropriate workplace or site procedures relevant to the provision of first aid

  • legal, workplace and community considerations, including:

    • duty of care requirements

    • own skills and limitations

    • consent and how it relates to the conscious and unconscious casualty 

    • privacy and confidentiality requirements

    • awareness of potential need for stress management techniques and available support for rescuers

  • considerations when providing CPR, including:

    • upper airway and effect of positional change

    • appropriate duration and cessation of CPR

    • appropriate use of an AED 

    • safety and maintenance procedures for an AED

    • chain of survival 

    • how to access emergency services

  • techniques for providing CPR to adults, children and infants including:

    • how to recognise that a casualty is unconscious and not breathing normally

    • rate, ratio and depth of compressions and ventilations

    • correct hand positioning for compressions

    • basic anatomy, physiology and the differences between adults, children and infants relating to CPR.

Course Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites for this CPR course. Students must be at least 14 years of age at the time of attendance.

Important note: In order to issue an accredited certificate CPR must be performed on the floor with no exemptions.

Clothing: We suggest that you wear comfortable casual clothing, as the practical nature of the demonstrations and practice may possibly require bending, kneeling and lying on the floor. Pants and flat shoes are recommended.


Learn more about the Australian Government’s competency and assessment requirements for this course at

Course Details

Face to Face:


The face to face training is 2.5 hours and covers both theory and practical aspects of CPR Training. 

Students are required to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the course commencement or will be refused entry.

There is a short multiple choice quiz at the end of the training covering the course theory learnt that day. 

Students will also be assessed on practical skills as a requirement to pass the course. .


Blended Learning:


Theory completed online prior to face to face session.

The face to face training is 45 mins and covers the practical aspects of CPR Training. 

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Practitioners Members (RACGP) – The CPR course has been approved by the RACGP Quality Improvement & Continuing Professional Development Program.

Total Points – 5 (Category 2) Activity Number 89989

Certificate Validity

The HLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation certificate is valid for 12 months. 

The Code of Practice and Australian Resuscitation Council recommends that cardiopulmonary resuscitation skills are refreshed annually.