Automated External Defibrillator (AED) programme

Defibrillators (AEDs) have been proven to significantly increase the chances of survival in cases of cardiac arrest. This course teaches candidates how to give effective CPR and use an AED to feel confident if an emergency occurs. The AED course is endorsed by CIMSPA

RLSS UK is regulated by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales and CCEA in Northern Ireland.

Our regulated qualifications are reviewed, recognised and monitored by OfqualQualifications Wales and CCEA Regulation in Northern Ireland.

About the Course

AED is part of the guidelines for Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in the UK and Europe and a vital part of improving the chance of survival in cases of cardiac arrest, in some cases up to 75%.

IQL offer a standalone AED course and the opportunity to add AED qualification to several of our qualification courses.

The IQL Level 2 Award in Automated External Defibrillator- AED enables someone to give CPR and use an AED. The qualification is Ofqual accredited and valid for two years.

The Automated External Defibrillator course is four hours and is designed to be delivered in one day. The course comprises of practical work and theoretical classroom work, including practical assessment on CPR and AED.


Candidates must be a minimum of 16 years of age at the time of taking the assessment. No prior knowledge is required.

Course Content

A range of subjects are covered including:

  • Assessing an incident
  • Manging an unresponsive casualty
    • CPR including AED
    • Pocket mask
    • Recovery position
  • Safety consideration with an AED


Automated External Defibrillator is Trainer Assessed throughout the course and the assessment should determine a candidate’s ability to act safely, promptly and effectively to deal with a casualty suffering a cardiac arrest.


In order to re-qualify candidates must complete the training and assessment again.

Qualification Specification

To download the qualification specification for IQL Level 2 Award in Automated External Defibrillator click here.