Completing Online AHA Training with Hands-On skills check
Part 1 – You should take the (Part 1) online course (either HeartCode BLS, or Heartsaver CPR/AED or Heartsaver First Aid, CPR, AED) at http://onlineAHA.org. The online part 1 courses start at $25.00. Once you have successfully completed the online portion (takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours), then we can do your in-person skills check.
Part 2 – Is a manikin practice session, generally 30-45 min., just time to practice the skills you learned online. The last part is part 3 – a hands-on skills check with a manikin. The manikin practice and skills test costs $30 (if right before a scheduled Newnan CPR class), or $45 if scheduled just for you.
This “blended learning” option is perfect for folks that want convenience (take the online portion when you want), flexible scheduling for the skills test, and usually save a few dollars.
The same certification card is issued for online course + skills test, that you would get from sitting in a 3-hour class.
Hands-on manikin skills test must be completed within 2 months of online course completion, and you must bring your online completion certificate to the skills test (the completion code must be recorded on your skills test form).
Please, stay away from ANY training provider that offers “100% online course”, or “No skill test is needed”. OSHA does not recognize any first aid or CPR course that doesn’t include a hands-on function with an instructor, and likely, your employer will not either. We’re not certifying anyone that doesn’t display sufficient skill in the CPR techniques – why would anyone do that?
To get started with official American Heart Association blended training, simply go to onlineAHA.org to register and take an online course.
If you have completed a HeartCode BLS online course, (1) we’d suggest you see if before any Newnan CPR scheduled class is convenient, ($30 for skills test), or if you want to contact us for a skill check time that works for you ($45 for that option).
Q. I’ve heard people say their employer will not accept “Online BLS” or “online CPR” training courses. Is it legitimate to take your online course and skill check?
A. Most employers will not, and SHOULD NOT, accept a CPR certificate done 100% online. OSHA requires that valid CPR training, for medical providers or otherwise, has to 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 blended training that is partial online and partial hands-on skill check. Newnan CPR can certify all 3 skill checks. You will receive the exact same certification card following your skill check as you would have received after the 3 hour class. So, if your training includes an in-person CPR skill evaluation, it is good, acceptable training. If it does not, we’d advise not taking it.
(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.
Q. Is there a difference in BLS skills check and a BLS Renewal Challenge?
A. Yes there is. A student that completes the HeartCode BLS Online BLS Part 1 (online or cognitive portion) at http://www.onlineAHA.org, needs a BLS Skills Check within 60 days to receive their BLS certification card. They don’t need a prior BLS card, 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 the BLS skills check (no remediation either). To take a BLS Challenge, it can’t be within a year of new ECC guidelines, and they need current BLS card and current student handbook with them. More info at BLS Challenge.com.
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”.