IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: American Heart Association Certification, please note that Instructors will not have access to AHA ECARD services from May 31, 2023 to the first or second week of June 2023, so no cards can be issued around this time.
Who Needs Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers Certification
BLS certification is generally more intensive and complex than Layperson CPR training and encompasses a wider variety of medical training. A CPR course can often be a precursor, but not necessary to taking BLS certification course, which is often considered a slightly more advanced option.
Employers for NON Healthcare Providers accepts both CPR Training and BLS for Healthcare Providers when CPR Training is required.
If you need First Aid Training you must ensure that the course you are taking includes First Aid Training or you may take First Aid Training as a separate course.
FOR Students and Employees
If you are working in a hospital, or is taking nursing/EMT course, please ask your hospital administrator or Instructor if they accept American Red Cross Basic Life Support training. If you need American Heart Association BLS Provider course, please enroll in our American Heart BLS Course.
If you do not see your job/profession below, check with your employer or school if you need BLS (CPR/AED training) or CPR for layperson training
Cardiovascular Technologist and Technician, Including Vascular Technologist
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) (may also need First Aid - check this link)
First Responders (may also need First Aid - check this link)
Firefighter or Fireman (may also need First Aid - check this link)
Law Enforcement Officer
Licensed Vocational Nurse
Medical Office Personal
Search & Rescue First Responders (may also need First Aid - check this link)
School Nurse (may also need First Aid - check this link)
Paramedic (may also need First Aid - check this link)
Physical Therapists Assistant
School Employees who are Healthcare Providers (may also need First Aid - check this link)
If you are working in a hospital, please ask your hospital administrator if they accept American Red Cross Basic Life Support training.
If you need American Heart BLS please enroll in our American Heart BLS Course