Buyer Beware! Don’t Be Fooled by Online-Only CPR or First Aid Certification Scams
Please pay close attention to the validity of the certification you are receiving
They’re everywhere on the Internet: seemingly legitimate organizations offering “instant” CPR or first aid certification for busy people who are required to hold current certification. And it often says right on those websites that online-only CPR or first aid certification is “nationally accepted“. It is not. No major nationally recognized training program in the United States endorses certification without practice and evaluation of hands-on skills. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) online training alone does not meet OSHA first aid and CPR training requirements.
Common buzzwords and phrases to look for:
- Online CPR cards, download instantly
- Download your certification card right after finishing your course
- No hands-on skills required
- 100% online
- Immediate certificate or wallet card
- Have your card/be certified today
- Nationally validated, nationally recognized = there is no nationally accrediting or governing body for emergency care training
- Full refund if not accepted
Blended learning is a training delivery model that combines online course content with in-person, hands-on skills evaluation. Online-only training features no hands-on component.
A digital certification card is a PDF or other electronic version of the card you earned in your training class. In a legitimate training course (whether classroom or blended), you will be issued your certification card (whether print or digital) only after demonstrating your understanding of course content and successful, hands-on performance of the techniques covered in the course.