Questions and Answers About CPR Training

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Questions and Answers About CPR Training

1. What are the recommended renewal dates for the CPR cards?

Two-year renewal/expiration dates must be designated on all American Heart Association (AHA) Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) course cards. Employers may determine if their employees need more frequent training. However, all AHA course cards are valid for 2 years. Community Training Centers (CTCs) must follow this policy on all AHA ECC course cards.
2. If your card expires, is there a grace period?
AHA does not give grace periods. Granting of grace periods for provider courses is determined by the CTC. The AHA instructor card is invalid after the expiration date indicated on the card. If a candidate or instructor seeking renewal presents an expired card, he or she may not be eligible to participate in a renewal course and may have to retake the initial course.
3. I have lost my course card (Heartsaver, ACLS, etc). How can I get it replaced?
Contact the instructor or the coordinator of the CTC (eg, hospital, community college) where you took the class. Replacement of lost cards is the responsibility of the CTC.
4. Does the American Heart Association offer first aid?
Yes, the Heartsaver FACTS program is the product of a partnership between the American Heart Association and the National Safety Council. The Heartsaver FACTS course combines adult CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) with basic first aid procedures. Students in this course will learn how to perform adult CPR, relieve airway obstruction by a foreign object, use a barrier device during rescue breathing, use an AED, and provide first aid for acute injuries and sudden illnesses.
5. How do I become a CPR Instructor?

Following are some of the prerequisites for taking an AHA Instructor Course:

  • Each candidate must present a current AHA provider completion card for the course he or she wishes to teach.
  • Each candidate must have a letter from an affiliate/regional or course faculty member recommending that the candidate become an instructor, except for Basic Life Support (BLS) instructors.
  • Each candidate must have a letter from a CTC coordinator indicating that the CTC will accept the candidate as an instructor.
  • Each candidate must have a willingness and desire to teach in accordance with the scientific and program guidelines of the AHA.
  • Each candidate must make a commitment to teach 2 courses per year according to AHA guidelines.

Please contact the training centers listed on the searchable database under "CPR Training Courses" on this website to find an AHA course in your area.

6. When were the current training course materials (ACLS textbook, Healthcare Provider, etc) produced?
  All current training materials are the 1997-99 editions. After the AHA International Guidelines 2000 Conference on CPR and ECC, revised training materials will be available through our distributors by January 2001.

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