The American Heart Association’s training facility criteria
Even if you’re just casually interested in learning CPR or how to use an AED, you want to make sure you’re taught properly. And if you’re a professional in need of training, an American Heart Association authorized training facility may be a necessity. But what does that approval really mean?
The fact of the matter is the AHA authorization is far more than just a rubber stamp. This high standard is about being dedicated stewards of CPR and AED training – making sure the procedures are taught correctly, and that the training is always up to date.
Getting AHA authorized
Here’s what it means when a training facility has the American Heart Association’s approval:
- The facility has already conducted AHA classes in each practice for which they’re seeking authorization as a training facility
- They possess a minimum of $1 million in general liability insurance
- The organization has presented a clear business plan displaying their market analysis and goals to the AHA
- They’re registered as a business in their home state
- The training center coordinator has attended a detailed AHA orientation
- When available, AHA eCards will be issued as verification of completion of their courses
- They have the support of a hospital corporate officer, and a letter indicating that support
- They continue to be in good standing with the AHA
Types of AHA courses
The American Heart Association promotes a wide variety of classes for both medical and non-medical professionals, as well as anyone who just wants to learn how to save lives:
Basic Life Support (BLS): This genre of courses is targeted toward medical professionals, and therefore covers a broader range of patient applications.
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS): Another one targeting medical professionals – ACLS teaches healthcare providers how to read electrocardiograms, manage a person’s airway, apply an IV, and about emergency pharmacology.
Pediatrics: In these courses, students learn a systematic approach to assessing pediatric patients, the PALS treatment algorithms, and effective resuscitation techniques for children.
Courses for lay rescuers: This category of classes is aimed at those with little or no medical training who either need certification for their job, or simply want to know how to save lives. It includes CPR, AED, and First Aid training.
Courses for the general community: Similar to the above genre, these include family courses, classes for schools, and different techniques such as the “hands only” approach to CPR.
Courses for AHA instructors: This is where the teachers for all of the courses above learn how to teach them. AHA instructors are required to continue their training to stay current on all techniques.
Find the right training
One Beat CPR’s AHA-authorized training offers a wide range of life saving courses, covering all of the American Heart Association’s major genres. To have one of our experts help find the right class for you, contact us today!