About this course
Entry to the Cardiac First Response Advanced level is aimed at persons who may be working in the emergency medical services, fire and rescue services or a healthcare professional working in healthcare facilities or in the community. CFR Advanced level is the pre or co-requisite for entry to PHECC’s Emergency First Response, EMT and paramedic courses.
In addition to the competencies taught at CFR Community level, the Advanced level course teaches the use of an oropharyngeal airway (OPA), supraglottic airway (SGA) uncuffed devices, bag valve mask (BVM), pulse checks, 2-person CPR, oxygen administration and post resuscitation care. If there is a concern about maintaining competency in all the required CFR Advanced level skills (in particular BVM), Council recommends that an individual consider seriously that CFR Community level is more appropriate.
The recommended minimum age for entry is eighteen. All course participants should be mature enough to comprehend the knowledge, skills and implications associated with defibrillation and have a maturity to complete assessment to receive certification.
This course is delivered in English as such an acceptable level of English to assimilate and relay the information in the course is required. For further information see our English Language policy
The CFR Advanced standard is designed for persons working or volunteering in the emergency medical services, fire and rescue services and for healthcare professionals. If there is a concern about maintaining competency in all the required CFR advanced levels skills (in particular airway management and bag-valve-mask) PHECC recommends that such individuals certify in CFR Community. CFR Advanced is not designed for teaching basic life support to citizens.
This course duration is approximately six hours.
CPR: Adults, Children & Infants
Use of Face Mask Devices
Use of an AED (Defibrillator)
Recovery (safe airway) Position
Airway Obstruction Adult, Child and Infant
Aspirin Administration for Heart Attack
Oropharygeal Airways (OPA)
Bag Valve Mask Ventilation (BVM)
Advanced Airway – Non-Inflatable Supraglottic Airway (SGA)
Upon successful completion of this course participants will receive a Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council Cardiac First Response – Advanced certificate which is valid for two years.
Learners will be continually assessed throughout the course on the practical skills acquired .
There is also a formative assessment consisting of
Multiple choice written assessment
Practical skills assessments
Learners are asked to review the responder examination handbook available on this page prior to course commencement.
Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council Certificate
CPR Pocket Mask
Cardiac First Response Handbook
Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council Red Card
On successful completion of this award, learners will have the opportunity to progress to The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council First Aid Response (FAR) Programme or Emergency Medical Technician programme. Successful participants will be certified to act as a community first responder with a National Ambulance Service approved CFR Group, a voluntary organisation or with a private event medical provider.
Our Upcoming Courses
First Aid Response Refresher 03.10.23
Patient Manual Handling 03.10.23 (Waterford)
Manual Handling 03.10.23 (Waterford)
QQI Level 6 Manual Handling Instructor 04.10.23 (Waterford)
Our Cardiac First Response Advanced Instructors
Dan is a qualified paramedic with a diploma in Emergency medical technology from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and a graduate diploma in emergency medical science from UCD. Along with Dan’s many years of clinical practice he also holds a Cardiac First Responder Advanced Instructor certificate and a diploma in continuing education and training from NUIM.
Terry is a qualified advanced paramedic with a diploma in Emergency medical technology from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, a graduate diploma in emergency medical science and an MSc in Emergency medical science both from UCD. Along with Terry’s many years of clinical practice he also holds a Cardiac First Responder Advanced Instructor certificate and a Beecher Instructional methods certificate. Terry is also a PHECC tutor.
Dermot is a qualified advanced paramedic with a diploma in Emergency medical technology from Northeastern University and an higher diploma in Emergency medical technology from UCD. Along with Dermot’s many years of clinical practice he also holds a Cardiac First Responder Advanced Instructor certificate and a diploma in continuing education and training from NUIM.
Troy is a qualified paramedic with a diploma in Emergency medical technology from Northeastern University USA. Along with Troy’s many years of clinical practice he also holds a Cardiac First Responder Advanced Instructor certificate.