CPR Certification frequently asked questions

Got a Question? We’ve got the answers. Look below for all of our FAQs including our most asked questions about student manuals. 

What CPR Class Should I take?

What Kind of CPR Do I Need
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Common Book FAQs

Do I need to purchase the student manual?

Each student needs to have access to the appropriate Student Manual during, and after the class. So if you already own or have access to the most current version, you ‘ll need to bring it with you to class. If you don’t own or have access to one, you will need to purchase one.

I purchased the student manual the last time I took the class. Can I just bring that one?

In October of 2020, the AHA released NEW student manuals with the latest scientifically based information based on the 2020 guidelines. The student manual needs to be the most current AHA version.

How do I know if I have the most current Student Manual?

The most current student manual numbers are listed below
according to class type:

  • BLS for Healthcare Providers  (20-1102)
  • Heartsaver CPR AED  (20-1129)
  • Heartsaver First Aid  (20-1128)
  • Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED  (20-1126)
  • Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid   (20-1124)

Why does the AHA keep changing the Student Manual?

It may seem like the AHA changes the manual all the time. The truth is, the student manual is updated every 5 to 6 years. The science behind CPR is constantly being investigated and analyzed. Over time the AHA discovers changes that may increase the effectiveness of our lifesaving efforts. Possession of an updated student manual ensures that healthcare professionals and laypersons have access to the most current and effective methods for resuscitation throughout the term of the certification.

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BLS Provider, CPR and First Aid courses are valid for 2 years.

If you work in the healthcare industry then you will need to take our BLS Provider course. The BLS provider course is designed for RNs, EMTs,paramedics, CNAs, LVNs, RDHs and dental & medical assistants. If you are not in the healthcare industry, we recommend an AHA Heartsaver CPR or ASHI CPR course. Both courses are designed for the lay rescuer but the ASHI is a more affordable option. If you are not sure which course to take, you can contact us at [email protected] and/or ask your institution which they require. It is your responsibility to confirm that you enroll in the correct course. We are not responsible if you select and attend the wrong course

The American Heart Association states that children as young as 9 may be able to take the course. The ability to perform CPR is based more on body strength and maturity than age. Studies have shown that children as young as nine years old can learn and retain CPR skills. Please contact us if you have any concerns.

For AHA courses such as BLS and CPR AED, students must complete a hands-on skills test to obtain an AHA course completion card. With blended learning, students will practice and test skills to ensure competency during the hands-on session.