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Which CPR training is for you? A quick guide

If you are unsure about which AHA CPR Certification training classes to take, this quick guide should help you assess your needs and direct you to the appropriate training program suited for you.


This course is NOT intended for healthcare professionals but is designed for anyone with little or no medical experience who needs to know how to conduct CPR or earn a CPR certificate to meet job, regulatory, or other requirements. Daycare employees, school teachers, security officers, summer camps, work, babysitters, and construction workers, Airline Personnel, Police Officers, Firefighters are all encouraged to take this course. It is also useful for lay rescuers who may be called to a workplace emergency and family members of patients at high risk of sudden cardiac death.


This course can be taught in elementary, middle, and high school settings over numerous class hours using standard student and instructor materials as well as a school-specific course completion card.




This course is designed for anyone who has a duty to respond to a first-aid emergency as part of their job responsibilities or regulatory requirements, such as security and airline personnel, camp counselors, police and firefighters, teachers and day-care workers, aerobics teachers/physical-fitness trainers, and anyone else who wants or needs first-aid training. Participants learn how to manage injuries such as bleeding, sprains, fractured bones, shock, and other first-aid crises. Adult CPR and AED use are also covered in this course.




It teaches caregivers and others how to respond to and manage ailments and injuries in children and infants in the first few minutes before professional care comes. Pediatric First Aid, Child/Infant CPR AED, and Asthma Care Training are all covered. This course is meant to meet the regulatory requirements for childcare workers such as camp counselors, childcare workers, coaches, foster care workers, teachers, youth group leaders, and others who handle children such as parents, grandparents, babysitters, and guardians.




This is an advanced level of CPR training for people who have a job-related "duty to respond" to emergencies, such as noncertified, licensed, or unlicensed healthcare professionals like physicians, nurses, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, respiratory, physical, and occupational therapists, physician's assistants, residents or fellows, medical or nursing students in training, aides, medical or nursing assistants, and other allied health personnel.




ACLS is designed for healthcare workers who manage or facilitate in the treatment of cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiovascular emergencies. Personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care, and critical care units are included.




PALS course is designed for healthcare providers who respond to infant and child emergencies. Personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care, and critical care units, such as physicians, nurses, paramedics, and others, who require a PALS course certification card for job or other requirements.



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