Official Online Courses
AHA Online Training with Hands-On AHA skills check
Part 1 – You should take the (AHA Part 1) online course (either HeartCode BLS, or Heartsaver CPR/AED or Heartsaver First Aid, CPR, AED) at onlineAHA.org. The online HeartCode BLS part 1 courses costs $25.00. Once you have successfully completed the HeartCode online portion (takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours), then 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. – time to practice the skills you learned online, with adult and 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 after watching the AHA videos in an AHA BLS classroom. The manikin skills practice and skills test costs $35 if scheduled just for you, or $25 if right before a scheduled Newnan CPR class.
This “blended learning” option is perfect for folks that want convenience (take the online course portion when you want), flexible scheduling for the skills test, and usually save a few dollars.
The same AHA certification card is issued for online courses + skills test, that would be issued in a “sit in a classroom” course with a skills test. All online AHA courses except Heartsaver Bloodborne Pathogens require an AHA skills check to receive certification, including HeartCode BLS, Heartsaver CPR/AED, Heartsaver First Aid, and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED and Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED.
Hands-on manikin skills test must be completed within 2 months of completing online courses, and you must email your online Part 1 certificate to your instructor, or bring it with you to your skills session (the completion code must be recorded 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“, or “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, and likely, 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 1st aid techniques – why would those companies do that?
To get started with official American Heart Association blended training, simply go to onlineAHA.org to register and take one of their online courses.
If you have completed online HeartCode BLS Part 1 or online Heartsaver Part 1 portion, then we’d suggest (1) look for a skill test date/time before any Newnan CPR scheduled class that’s convenient, ($25 for any BLS or Heartsaver skills test), or (2) if you want to contact us for a skill check time that works for you ($35 for that option). Questions about any online AHA course – 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, blended training that is done part with online course, 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.
You will receive the exact same certification card following your (AHA, ARC, or NSC) skill check as you would have received after a 3 1/2 hour class. So, if your blended training course or online course is from 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 for nursing schools, dental hygiene schools, medical clinics, healthcare employers, and certification authorities – over 98% ONLY accept an AHA BLS Provider cert. card – so that’s the one we recommend for all medical/nursing/dental schools, or practitioners in any dental or medical discipline.
Don’t like our answer? – (Quotes 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.
Q. Is there a difference in BLS skills check and a BLS Renewal Challenge?
A. Yes there is. A student that completes the online HeartCode BLS Part 1 (online or cognitive portion) at http://www.onlineAHA.org, needs 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 book.
The BLS Renewal Challenge is only for current BLS card holders, confident in their knowledge and skills. If they request a BLS Challenge, they take the BLS written test (no remediation available), and take an adult and infant BLS skills check (with no remediation either). To take a BLS Challenge, a person needs a current BLS card (not expired), and a current BLS student handbook with them (but they need not have completed any online training). BLS Challenge certifications are not allowed by AHA within a year of newly-released ECC guidelines (So wait til March 2017). 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”.