This qualification has been developed specifically for those who wish to become an emergency first-aider and use a defibrillator. This international qualification would be typically delivered to learners through a 1-day training course (8 hours). Topics covered include basic emergency first aid, major bleed control, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the use of automated external defibrillators and managing a choking casualty.


The HABC Level 2 International Award in Emergency First Aid, Defibrillation and CPR has been developed by HABC, the UK and Middle East’s leading supplier of safety and compliance-based qualifications.

This qualification has been developed for those who wish to become an Emergency First Aider and use a defibrillator.
Learners gaining this qualification will know basic emergency first-aid procedures and will be able to use a defibrillator correctly. The topics covered will help to maintain good practice in safe, prompt and effective emergency first-aid treatment of individuals.


Progression and further learning routes include:

  • HABC Level 2 International Award in Paediatric First Aid;
  • HABC Level 2 International Award in Paediatric First Aid and Managing Illness & Injury; and
  • HABC Level 3 International Award in First Aid at Work.

Who Should Attend?

In order to register on to this qualification, learners are required to meet the following entry requirements:

16 years of age or above

Unit 1 International Emergency first aid

The Learner Will:

1. Know basic emergency first aid requirements

  • Describe the principles that underpin basic emergency first aid support
  • Explain the circumstances under which resuscitation is performed
  • Explain why early intervention is necessary
  • Describe different types of cardiopulmonary arrest
  • Demonstrate the DRABC emergency response
  • Demonstrate the top-to-toe survey of an injury
  • Demonstrate how to place a casualty in the recovery position
  • Identify the risks when placing a casualty in the recovery position
  • Conduct major bleed control on a casualty who has suffered bleeding
  • Manage shock treatment for a casualty

Unit 2 International Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of a Defibrillator

The learner will:

1 Be able to demonstrate basic emergency first aid techniques in line with current guidelines

  • Demonstrate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Demonstrate compression only resuscitation
  • Demonstrate the use of resuscitation barrier devices
  • Demonstrate how to manage a choking casualty

2 Know how to safely use an automated external defibrillator

  • Describe the differences between using an AED on an adult and child
  • Identify safety considerations when using an automated external defibrillator
  • Demonstrate the correct placement of AED electrode pads on a manikin
  • Follow AED voice prompts accurately
  • Demonstrate how to combine the use of an automated external defibrillator with minimal interruptions in cardiopulmonary resuscitation using a manikin
  • Demonstrate the safe delivery of AED shock
  • State the procedures if the casualty shows signs of life and starts to breath normally
  • Identify the information required when handing over the casualty

The assessment of this unit include:

1) Practical observation

The practical assessment of learners for the qualification is completed throughout the course delivery. This ongoing assessment will involve learners demonstrating emergency first-aid skills and the effective use of a defibrillator.

2) Written/Oral questioning

Learners are required to answer a series of questions to ensure that their understanding of the theory content meets the required standard.