Which CPR Certification Do I Need?

There are many reasons people take a CPR course. Work requirements, professional license requirements, new parents, and general knowledge are the most common. Depending on your why you’re taking a course, the type of course and organization you certify through (if you even need to be certified) can make a huge difference. Here is a short breakdown of the types of CPR certifications.

BLS For Healthcare Providers

BLS stands for Basic Life Support. BLS training includes CPR, AED usage, & Choking relief for adults, children, & infants. The course includes the use of a bag-mask to provide breathing for victims. An American Heart Association course is required to last at least 4 hours. At the end of the course, there is a 25 question exam. You must pass the test with an 84%. Once you pass the written test & the practical portion of the course, you will be certified for 2 years.

Things to note:

  • An American Heart Association certification is accepted in all 50 States
  • An online ONLY BLS course is a scam & will not result in a certification that most employers or States will accept.
  • There is an online BLS course for American Heart Association BLS training. The course REQUIRES an in-person skills session (the skills take about 30 minutes). This will result in the SAME certification as the full in-person BLS course. It is a GREAT time saver.
  • All American Heart Association courses REQUIRE students to have their own course manual. If an organization lets you borrow a manual or doesn’t require one, the course is not meeting the American Heart Association standards. This may make your certification invalid.
  • All American Heart Association courses REQUIRE students to have their own course manual. If an organization lets you borrow a manual or doesn’t requirement, the course is not meeting the American Heart Association standards. This may make your certification invalid.

BLS For Healthcare Providers is designed for, you guessed it, healthcare workers. However, this course can be taken by anyone. It is just specifically designed for healthcare workers. If you are or will be a healthcare worker of any kind, this is the course for you. If you’re ever not sure what type of CPR training you need, take this. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

CPR & AED

CPR & AED training is designed for non-healthcare workers who need to be CPR certified for work or who have a desire to learn & become CPR certified. There are several different names for this. Heartsaver is the brand name for the American Heart Association’s CPR training.

Basic CPR & AED training includes CPR, AED usage, & choking relief for adults, children, & infants. The course does include a certification. Depending on the State you are taking your course, there may or may not be a written exam. Illinois, for example, does NOT require the written exam for CPR certification.

Things to note:

  • An American Heart Association certification is accepted in all 50 States
  • An online ONLY CPR course is a scam & will not result in a certification that most employers or States will accept.
  • There is an online CPR course for American Heart Association CPR & AED training. The course REQUIRES an in-person skills session (the skills take about 30 minutes). This will result in the SAME certification as the full in-person CPR course. It is a GREAT time saver.
  • All American Heart Association courses REQUIRE students to have their own course manual. If an organization lets you borrow a manual or doesn’t require one, the course is not meeting the American Heart Association standards. This may make your certification invalid.

CPR & AED training is designed to train a non-healthcare worker and teach them the skills needed to act in an emergency until proper medical care arrives.

If you have any questions on which course is for you, feel free to contact us here.