10 places to learn the life-saving BCLS course

Learn how to save lives! According to statistics from the Ministry of Health, 1 out of 3 deaths in Singapore occur to heart diseases or stroke[i]. Bystander CPR can make a lot of difference: the chance of survival from cardiac arrest drops from 7-10% every minute, and immediate application of CPR and an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) machine can increase survival rates to as high as 60%[ii]. Needless to say, knowing CPR and how to use an AED makes a whole world of difference.

What’s the difference between BCLS and CPR? Well, the key difference in that BCLS is healthcare provider level CPR! Typically, CPR+AED skills/courses are sufficient for teachers and other non-healthcare professions. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t take a BCLS course if you wish! Do note that all BCLS courses will also cover the use of an AED.

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*All course fees are accurate as of Feb 2020 and are subject to changes depending on the training institution/centre. All fees are in SGD unless otherwise stated. This is neither a non-exhaustive list nor an endorsement of the courses listed. All courses listed have been accredited by Singapore Resuscitation and First Aid Council (SRFAC), and are valid for only 2 years. The certificate can be renewed by going for a recertification course. For a full list of accredited training providers/courses, please see here.

Course List

The Parkway College of Nursing and Allied Health was established in 2008. The education arm of Parkway Pantai Limited, it is a SkillsFuture Singapore accredited Approved Training Organisation that also offers diploma and degree level courses. Their BCLS+AED course is open to both healthcare professionals and members of the public.

Duration: 1 day, 7 hours long

Course Fee: 160.50 (GST-inclusive)

Who hasn’t heard of the Singapore Red Cross? Established as a National Society in 1965, the organisation possesses over 50 years of first aid training experience and has trained over 160,000 people to date. Their BCLS+AED provider course will be taught through a combination of lectures, demonstrations and small group practices, and welcomes healthcare workers, organisations, families, parents, volunteers and individuals to participate.

Duration: 1 day, 8 hours long

Course Fee: 150.00 (before GST)

St John Singapore is a charitable organisation dedicated to teaching first aid and home nursing skills. They have a wide range of courses on offer, covering everything from basic to occupational first aid. The oldest first aid charity in Singapore, St John Singapore’s first aid course is taught in both English and Mandarin.

Duration: 8 hours

Course Fee: $166.05

The education arm of SingHealth, SingHealth Academy’s BCLS + AED certification caters to medical, nursing and paramedical personnel. The course will be conducted at the SingHealth Alice Lee Institute of Advanced Nursing, and the course materials can be found here.

Duration: 1 day (8pm-5pm)

Course Fee: 200.00 (GST inclusive)

The Singapore Emergency Responder Academy (SERA) was founded in 2012 and their trainers have met all the requirements by Singapore Resuscitation and First Aid Council. One special feature of SERA’s BCLS+AED course is the use of Laerdal QCPR Manikins, which have realistic anatomy and provide real-time, detailed feedback. The course will be conducted at Somerset.

Duration: 1 day, 8 hours

Course Fee: 150.00 (before GST). SkillsFuture credit can be used to offset course fees.

A member of the World Heart Federation, the Singapore Heart Foundation was incepted in 1970 and is a registered charity with IPC status. They conduct their BCLS + AED courses at their headquarters in Junction 8 and cover adult CPR, infant CPR, the use of an AED, as well as the relief of foreign body airway obstruction in adult and infants during conscious and unconscious situations.

Duration: 1 day, 9 hours

Course Fee: 192.60 (GST inclusive)

Established in 2010 by a local paramedic, the Singapore First Aid Training Centre offers a range of courses dealing in content ranging from marine medical care to international trauma life support. The centre adopts what they call the Advanced Speed Learning System, using learning elements such as case studies and discovery learning to engage students. There is also a blended version of the course, which comprises of classroom and online learning.

Duration: 1 day, 7 hours

Course Fee: 149.80 (GST inclusive). SkillsFuture and WTS funding can be used to offset course fees.

Established in 2010, MedAiD Solutions Pte Ltd is a distributor of medical devices that treat varicose veins, benign and carcinogenic tumours. The BCLS+AED course is one of three first aid courses on offer, and can be conducted in-house or externally depending on an organisation’s needs.

Duration: 1 day, 8 hours

Course Fee: Please enquire directly with MedAiD. SDF and SkillsFuture funding accepted.

Avanta Global is a Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHES) services provider offering training and consultancy services in Singapore. Their BCLS+AED course is open to healthcare professionals as well as members of the public, with classes available on both weekdays and weekends.

Duration: 1 day, 8 hours

Course Fee: 149.80 (GST inclusive)

Established in 2011, I-REVIVE SG is a first aid, life support training and self-development therapy service company. Group and corporate discounts are available for their BCLS+AED course.

Duration: 1 day, 8 hours

Course Fee: 150.00 (Nett)

We hope this list has been of help to you! If you’ve taken a course with other providers that you’d like to recommend, do drop us a comment below so that we can add it to our list for our readers to consider!


[i] https://www.moh.gov.sg/resources-statistics/singapore-health-facts/principal-causes-of-death

[ii] https://www.scdf.gov.sg/savealife/about


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