Frequently Asked Questions

Our Heartsaver Courses are for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card for job, regulatory or other requirements. While these courses are designed to meet OSHA requirements, OSHA does not review or approve any courses for compliance.

Through the AHA/OSHA Alliance, we work with OSHA to raise awareness about workplace safety and health to prevent injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in the workplace. Read about the  OSHA/AHA Alliance.


First responders or professional rescuers generally include fire, police and emergency medical personnel. These types of prehospital professionals usually need to complete a BLS course. The AHA now offers a BLS course specifically for prehospital providers, BLS for  Prehospital Providers. 

The AHA’s Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Course is designed to meet regulatory requirements for child care workers in all 50 United States. The AHA offers this course in  both classroom-based and eLearning formats. 

Buyer Beware! Don’t Be Fooled by Online-Only CPR or First Aid Certification Scams.

They’re everywhere on the Internet: seemingly legitimate organizations offering “instant” CPR or first aid certification for busy people who are required to hold current certification. And it often says right on those websites that online-only CPR or first aid certification is “nationally accepted“. THIS IS NOT TRUE! No major nationally recognized training program in the United States endorses certification without practice and evaluation of hands-on skills. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration  (OSHA) online training alone does not meet OSHA first aid and CPR training requirements.

eLearning formats. 

Common buzzwords and phrases to look for:

  • Online CPR cards, download instantly (Not valid in Wa. State!)
  • Download your certification card right after finishing your course
  • No hands-on skills required (Hands-on REQUIRED in Wa State!)
  • 100% online (Instructor led, classroom class REQUIRED in Wa.!)
  • Immediate certificate or wallet card
  • Have your card/be certified today
  • Nationally “validated”, nationally “recognized” = means there is no nationally accrediting or governing body for emergency care training. All courses MUST be “approved” by The American Heart Association.

Students in ACLS/PALS courses are not required to have a current BLS Provider card, but they are expected to be proficient in BLS skills.

 Please call our office to schedule the hands-on skills.

The HIV/AIDS exam may be taken twice. 

There is not a mandate minimum age requirement for learning CPR. The ability to perform CPR is based more on body strength than age.

 Heartsaver CPR is a general course and can be taken by anyone. BLS is a CPR class typically required for healthcare professionals. 

If you are a daycare provider, caring for a loved one, or would like to learn CPR skills then the Heartsaver CPR class is probably best for you. If you are a healthcare professional working in the hospital or ems the BLS course is typically required. 

No, first aid is not included in the AHA’s BLS courses. That is a separate certification.

The NAC course begins on the first of each month. Enrollment will remain open from the fist of the month to the 20th. Any NAC course submission after the 20th will be assigned to the following month. 

No, BLS is not included in AHA’s ACLS/PALS courses. However, it is expected that healthcare providers taking an ACLS/PALS course come to class already proficient in BLS skills

 A titer is a laboratory test that measures the presence and amount of antibodies in blood. A titer may be used to prove immunity to disease. A blood sample is taken and tested.

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