The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) state that GPs need to complete CPR training every three years. This is the minimum requirement to meet CPD and the standards.

Canberra First Aid nationally recognised CPR courses, officially known as HTLAID009 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, meet the requirements by RACGP to be counted towards the BLS/CPR CPD requirement for the 2020-2022 triennium.

Our courses follow Australian Resuscitation Council Guidelines, include the use of an AED (defibrillator) and are typically a minimum 2-hour course. We offer different delivery options involving a combination of online learning and face-to-face learning. However, training cannot be completely completed online as there will always be mandatory practical tasks that must be performed in front of a trainer.

After successful completion of this course, GPs will be awarded 5 CPD points, and the course also meets the 3 yearly CPR/BLS requirement.

Further information can be found here on the RACGP website.

To claim the CPD points for your CPR course, all you need to do it submit your CPR certificate (statement of attainment) via your CPD dashboard or send the certificate to RACGP direct.


The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) works with the 15 National Boards to regulate Australian health professionals. This covers a range of health professionals including chiropractors, dentists, nurses and midwives, occupational therapists, optometrists, osteopaths, pharmacists, physiotherapist, podiatrists, psychologists, and others. All these professions have CPD requirements that they must meet.

According to Ahpra, CPD is how members maintain, improve, and broaden their knowledge, expertise, and competence, and develop the personal and professional qualities needed throughout their professional lives.

The Optometry Board states that you must have completed training for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) within the previous three registration periods. Similar requirements apply for other health professionals.

To find out more about each boards requirement please visit the relevant boards website.


The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) also require its members to participate in annual continuing professional development (CPD).

This involves nurses and midwives to complete a minimum number of hours directly relevant to a nurse or midwife’s context of practice. Our HTLAID009 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation courses can count towards nurse CPD.


Canberra First Aid is experienced at arranging group professional development sessions to deliver CPR Training. These sessions involve the delivery of the nationally recognised unit (HLTAID009 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) course by a suitable qualified training professional and are often accompanied by a networking session for the participants. If required, we can also arrange catering for these events.

Our team can work with your organisation to arrange a tailored session that suits your cohort.

Please get in touch with our team to see how we can assist your group with the professional development requirements. www.canberrafirstaid.com