School-based CPR training


School-based CPR training teaches the skills needed to intervene effectively with an adult, child or infant victim (depending on the training) in cardiopulmonary arrest and/or with an obstructed airway. This training also teaches the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).

The training is designed to meet the requirements of the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement Supérieur concerning the general education of students. To do so, physical and health educators must be licensed as School CPR Teachers by the Lifesaving Society.

The three trainings in the School CPR program are:

  • School-based CPR
  • School-based CPR Teacher
  • CPR Trainer—Physical and Health Educator


  • Simply completing a course does not mean that a candidate will automatically pass.
  • Teachers and trainers are responsible for creating training schedules. These should include the location of the training, dates, scheduled breaks, and be tailored to the needs of the teachers and locations.


Upon completion of the training, candidates will be able to:

  • Use an AED
  • Explain the legal framework as it relates to first aid
  • Respond to potential resuscitation complications
  • Recognize controllable and uncontrollable risk factors
  • Perform a primary examination on an unconscious victim without complications
  • Demonstrate how to communicate with emergency medical services (EMS)
  • Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and airway management


School-based CPR is a 3-hour training that can be spread over several lessons during the school year. The target audience is secondary 3 students, but it is possible to offer the training to students in other grades. There are no prerequisites for school-based CPR training.

The training must take place in a school or extracurricular setting. The person who teaches and evaluates the School-based CPR training is a School-based CPR Teacher. The School CPR Teacher is not required to inform the Lifesaving Society of the date or time of the training.


Following the training, in order to issue licences, it is required to provide the following information by email to

  • the name of the school
  • the date of the training (day/month/year)
  • the name of the School-based CPR Teacher
  • the names and group a number of the students who successfully completed the training.

Certificates will be mailed directly to the school or to the School-based CPR Teacher, as desired. Licences are $2.00 per student, and the school will be billed.


The School-based CPR Teacher training is 7 hours. The target audience is physical and health educators or physical and health education students. In order to follow this training, the teacher must have a teaching licence issued by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement Supérieur or be in the process of obtaining said licence. The person who teaches and evaluates the School-based CPR Teacher training is a CPR Trainer—Physical and Health Educator.


The minimum requirements to be considered a CPR Trainer—Physical and Health Educator are to hold a teaching certificate from the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement Supérieur and to be licensed as a School-based CPR Teacher. In addition, a teacher must have taught a minimum of 5 CPR trainings in a school setting.


Here is the School-based CPR Guide: School-based CPR Guide

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