Questions & Answers
Are your courses OSHA compliant?
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.
Which CPR course should a “first responder” or “professional rescuer” take?
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.
Which course should a daycare provider take?
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.
WATCH OUT for On-Line First Aid/CPR “SCAMS”
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.
What to Avoid When Shopping Online for Training
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.