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