IS BLS the same as HCP (healthcare provider)?

Yes, BLS has replaced the HCP (Healthcare Provider) course. BLS is a more accurate and up to date version of the HCP course. This is the correct course for in-facility care providers, including nursing staff, care aides, medical and dental professionals. AHS only accepts Heart & Stroke certification.

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BLS Provider Renewal (Basic Life Support – Healthcare Provider)

Must have a current valid certificate 

BLS Provider is an instructor-led fundamental course for all healthcare and emergency medical providers, intended to help you improve patient outcomes. You will learn single- and multi-rescuer basic life support skills with a focus on high-quality CPR and team dynamics in a wide variety of prehospital or in-facility settings. BLS is a pre-requisite for advanced resuscitation courses and many healthcare-related training programs. Current certification is often required for employment in the healthcare field and Heart & Stroke certification is the only one accepted by Alberta Health Services (AHS).

This course meets OH&S, Federal and Provincial regulations for Basic Life Support. BLS has replaced the HCP (Healthcare Provider) course.


  • Reflects science of the most recent Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC
  • Hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency
  • Emphasis on high-quality CPR including team dynamics
  • Video-based course with real world scenarios
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