CPR-A teaches how to do adult CPR and choking procedures for adults and includes the importance of early defibrillation and how to use an AED.

Prerequisite: None.

Instruction & certification: Current Lifesaving Instructors or First Aid Instructors teach and certify candidates in CPR-A, CPR-B and CPR-C. The Lifesaving Society deems its certifications to be "current" for 24 months from the certification date.

Candidate recognition: Certification card for all CPR levels. (See Non-vocational awards below.)

Required reference material: Canadian First Aid Manual or Canadian Lifesaving Manual

Recertification: CPR-A, -B and -C recertification is approximately 3-4 hr.


  1. Demonstrate one-rescuer adult, child, and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a manikin, and how to use an AED.
  2. Simulate the treatment of:
    • a conscious adult or child with an obstructed airway
    • complications: a pregnant woman and person who is obese
  3. Demonstrate the treatment of a conscious infant with an obstructed airway on a manikin.


CPR - Nipple line

Non-vocational awards

Include Swim Program, Canadian Swim Patrol (Rookie, Ranger, Star), Basic First Aid, CPR A, B and C, Boat Rescue and Lifesaving Fitness.

Affiliates issue all non-vocational awards directly to candidates. Affiliates order the awards from the Society ahead of time for presentation to successful candidates at the evaluation.

The Lifesaving Society does not require a copy of the test sheets for these levels.

Only Swim for Life® licensees may offer swim program awards.