First Aid/CPR Training

In a life-threatening situation, every second counts. If a bystander on the scene knows just a handful of basic skills, they can make the difference between life and death. Remember, you are the help until help arrives.

Life EMS is proud to be an American Heart Association (AHA) Training Center. We offer a variety of CPR training options including BLS (Basic Life Support) and Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED (automated external defibrillator) courses.

Our CPR courses are open to the community. Monthly classes are offered at our Grand Rapids office, or private classes can be brought to your organization.

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BLS (Basic Life Support)

The American Heart Association’s BLS Provider Course is designed for healthcare professionals and other personnel who need to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills in a wide variety of in-facility and prehospital settings. BLS trains participants to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations and provide early use of an AED.

Upcoming Classes:


  • January 26, 2023 5pm-9pm *THIS CLASS IS FULL*
  • February 13, 2023 5pm-9pm
  • February 23, 2023 9am-1pm
  • February 28, 2023 5pm-9pm

AHA Skills Testing

The AHA blended learning for BLS Provider and Heartsaver CPR and First Aid consist of an online course that you complete at your own pace, and a short classroom practical skills session. The AHA blended learning for ACLS Provider also consists of an online course, with a classroom practical skills session.

For blended classes, you must purchase the online course separately through the AHA’s eLearning website and complete it prior to the practical skills test. Your online completion certificate must be downloaded and provided to us before skills testing can be completed.

To schedule a session, or for more information please contact the Life EMS Education Centre at (616) 356-5726 or

Purchase a Skills Test

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AHA CPR Instructor Course

The AHA CPR Instructor Course certifies the participant upon completion to teach either BLS Provider or Heartsaver CPR/AED and First Aid courses. This class teaches new instructors about planning and course preparation, how to direct a CPR and First Aid class, practical skills testing, conducting written exams, and keeping your instructor status current.  An interested student should be well versed in performing CPR and hold a current BLS Provider or Heartsaver CPR/AED card.

Upcoming Classes:

  • February 24, 2023: 9am-3pm 

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Off-Site and Group CPR classes

Life EMS Education Centre can bring our BLS and Heartsaver CPR and First Aid training to your location. Please contact us for more information, available dates, and group pricing.


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