Official Online Courses
AHA Online Training with Hands-On AHA skills check
Part 1 – You should take one of the (AHA Part 1) online courses, at onlineAHA.org. That’s either AHA HeartCode BLS, or AHA Heartsaver CPR/AED or AHA Heartsaver First Aid, CPR, AED. The AHA online HeartCode BLS part 1 courses costs $28.50. First of all, you take the online (knowledge) HeartCode portion on your home computer, in your own timing. Email us your Part 1 online certificate. After that, we can do your in-person AHA skills session in 40 min. or so.
Part 2 – Is a manikin skills practice session, generally 25-35 min. This is time to practice the skills you learned online. It includes adult & infant manikins, an AED, and bag masks/pocket masks. The last part is part 3 – a hands-on AHA skills test with manikin, AED, and an AHA BLS instructor. The adult and infant skills check is the same skills check you would receive in an AHA BLS classroom course, and we give you the same AHA BLS cert. card. The manikin skills practice and skills test costs $45 if scheduled just for you, or $30 if right before a scheduled Newnan CPR class.
This “AHA blended learning” option is perfect for folks that want convenience (since you complete the online knowledge portion when you want). Most of all, it’s flexible scheduling for the skills test, and also you usually save a few dollars.
We will issue the same AHA certification card is issued for online courses + skills test, that we issue after a “sit in a classroom” course. All AHA online courses except Heartsaver Bloodborne Pathogens require an AHA skills check to receive certification. That includes HeartCode BLS, Heartsaver CPR/AED, Heartsaver First Aid, and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED and Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED.
Remember, you must complete the hands-on manikin skills test within 2 months of completing online courses, and also you must email your online Part 1 certificate. Send to your instructor (or NewnanCPR@gmail.com). Your instructor might allow you to bring it with you to your skills session. We must record your online Part 1 completion code number on your skills test form.
Scam Alert !
Please, stay away from ANY training provider that offers “100% online courses“, or “No skill test is needed“, or “online only“. This also includes “better than AHA BLS“, or “same protocol as AHA BLS“, or “follows AHA guidelines“. OSHA does not recognize any first aid or CPR course that doesn’t include a hands-on function with a manikin and an instructor. As a result, your employer will not either. The GA Dept. of Health doesn’t either. There are dozens of “un-recognized online courses” – nay, nay, stay away.
We’re not certifying anyone that doesn’t display sufficient skill in the BLS or CPR or First Aid techniques – why would those companies do that?
AHA Blended Training
To get started with official American Heart Association blended training, simply go to onlineAHA.org to register and take one of their online courses.
Once you complete AHA online HeartCode BLS Part 1 or online Heartsaver Part 1 portion, then you should (1) look for a skill test date/time before any Newnan CPR scheduled class that’s convenient. It’s only $30 for any BLS or Heartsaver skills test. Also (2) if you want to contact us for a skill check time that works for you ($45 for that option). Questions about all online AHA courses – please call us (678) 796-8277.
Q. I’ve heard people say their employer will not accept “Online BLS” or “online CPR” training courses. Is it legitimate to take your AHA online course and skill check?
A. Most employers will not, and SHOULD NOT, accept a CPR certificate done 100% online course, or an “online-only” course. OSHA requires that valid CPR training, for medical providers or lay responders, must include a “Hands-on-manikin” skill check component with a live instructor. The largest 3 providers of emergency response training (that’d be Amer. Red Cross, Amer. Heart Assn., and Nat’l Safety Council) all have official, legitimate, blended training. Blended training is done part with online courses, and part with a hands-on skills check. Newnan CPR can certify your “post-online courses” skills check for all 3 of those organizations, and will provide an authorized certification card. All of the “scheduled” BLS skills sessions are for Amer. Heart Assn. HeartCode BLS skills practice and testing, and include “end-of-skills-session” BLS card.
You will receive the exact same BLS certification card following your AHA BLS skills session as you would have received after a 3 1/2 hour AHA BLS class. So, if your blended training course or online course is from Amer. Heart Assn. or a nationally-accepted provider, and includes an in-person CPR skill evaluation, it is good, acceptable training.
If it does not, we’d advise not taking it. We’ve also found that nursing schools, dental hygiene schools, medical clinics, healthcare employers, and certification authorities ONLY accept an Amer. Heart Assn. BLS Provider card. Therefore, the AHA BLS course is the only one we teach to the public, and the only one we recommend for all medical/nursing/dental schools, or practitioners in any dental or medical discipline.
Quote from OSHA Regulations
You don’t like our answer? – (ok – Quote from OSHA website) – Q. “Does OSHA consider online training only (computer-based training without a hand-on skill component or verification of competent skill performance by a qualified trainer) acceptable for meeting the intent of the basic first-aid and CPR requirements of OSHA standards? (Pertains to 29 CFR 1910.146, 29 CFR 1910.151, 29 CFR 1910.266, 29 CFR 1910.269, 29 CFR 1910.410, and 29 CFP 1926.950)”.
(OSHA A). “Online training alone would not meet the requirements of these training standards. The word “train” is defined as “to make proficient with special instruction and practice”. These standards require training in physical skills, such as bandaging and CPR. The only way these physical skills can be learned is by actually practicing them”.
OSHA’s Best Practices Guide: Fundamentals of a Workplace First-Aid Program, 2006, p. 11. States that “a first-aid training program should have trainees develop hands-on skills through the use of mannequins and partner practice”. So, please don’t be scammed.
AHA BLS Challenge
Q. Is there a difference in AHA BLS skills check and an AHA BLS Renewal Challenge?
A. Yes there is. A student that completes the AHA online HeartCode BLS Part 1 (online or cognitive portion) at http://www.onlineAHA.org. Then they need a “hands-on” AHA BLS Skills Check within 60 days to receive their BLS certification card. They don’t need prior BLS training, nor a student book.
The AHA BLS Renewal Challenge is only for current AHA BLS card holders, confident in their knowledge and skills. If they request a BLS Challenge, they take the BLS written test (no remediation available). Then, they take an adult and infant BLS skills check (with no coaching or remediation). To take an AHA BLS Challenge, a person needs a current BLS card (not expired), and a current BLS student handbook. They need NOT complete any online training). BLS Challenge certifications are not allowed by AHA within a year of newly-released ECC guidelines. More information, see BLS Challenge.
AHA Disclosure: “Use of American Heart Association materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the Association”.