Buyers Beware!

Don’t Be Fooled by Online-Only CPR, First Aid, BLS, ACLS, or PALS Certification Scams.

There are numerous website and organizations that offer “instant” CPR or First Aid certifications without ever stepping inside a training center. Currently, the American Heart Association does not endorse such curriculums. In addition, AHA course completion cards are not issued without hands-on skills testing by either an AHA instructor for that discipline or an AHA-approved computerized manikin in an AHA eLearning course.

“The only way these physical skills can be learned is by actually practicing them.”

— Clarification of OSHA training requirements for basic first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation

“Substantial hands-on practice is needed to meet psychomotor skill performance objectives.”

— 2010 American Heart Association® Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care

“No AHA course completion card is issued without hands-on manikin skills testing by either an AHA Instructor for
that discipline or an AHA-approved computerized manikin in an AHA eLearning course.”

— American Heart Association®, Program Administration Manual, 2013 pg. 49

What to Avoid when shopping online for training
Common buzzwords and phrases to look for:

  • No hands-on skills required
  • 100% online (Big time bad idea)
  • Statements such as “We FOLLOW AHA guidelines.”
  • Companies NOT listed on AHA directory

Blended Learning Is Not Online-Only Learning

At CPR123, we offer Blended Learning courses that combine online course content with in-person, hands-on skills evaluations. Blended Learning courses for CPR and First Aid are course delivery models developed by the AHA.
Select the right option for yourself.

Take Action!

File a Complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

The Federal Trade Commission enforces advertising laws, and it applies the same standards no matter where an ad appears. Complaints may help the FTC, other law enforcement agencies and our community bring scam artists to justice.
If you have a complaint, file it online at or call 1-877-FTC-HELP.

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