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Adult CPR/AED Basic-Level Requirement Equivalency for Instructor Training


Below are approved basic-level certifications in Adult CPR/AED or higher

from the American Red Cross or Red Cross-approved organizations required for ARC First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Training.


* American Red Cross Basic Life Support certification recommended to bridge as a BLS Instructor. *

Should you require certification in a basic-level course, please click here.

American Red Cross

Adult CPR/AED or higher

Basic Life Support

Advanced Life Support

CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers

Emergency Medical Response


American Heart Association

Heartsaver Adult CPR/AED or higher

Basic Life Support

Health and Safety Institute (HSI) • Includes American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) and Medic First Aid

Adult CPR/AED or higher

National Safety Council

Adult CPR/AED or higher

Canadian Red Cross

Adult CPR/AED or higher

Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation

Adult CPR/AED or higher

National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, Active State Licensure or Certification

Paramedic, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Medical Responder


*Note: American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED Instructors or Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers Instructors are not required to hold a basic-level certification as the AHA Instructor certification covers both basic-level and instructor-level certification.

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