American Heart Association Certification & Renewal Classes in SF
American Heart Association BLS
Medical and healthcare professionals who live and work in San Francisco are required to take the American Heart Association BLS for the Healthcare Providers. This training course is about 3 hours long for renewing or first time students. Students will learn CPR for adults, children, and infants, 2 person rescuer, how to use AEDs, pocket masks, and bag valve masks, and choke-saving methods. The BLS certification card is valid for 2 years and you will receive it on the day of the class.
Warning about BLS Classes in SF
Over the past few years, I have run into a few scams regarding BLS certification cards in San Francisco. Since I am the director of an American Heart Association Training Center, I hear about many different types of scams. Here is a quick list that will help you from becoming a victim.
How to make sure the class you register for is an official American Heart Association BLS course
1. Do not pay for the training until the day of the class. This is an easy way to protect yourself since some companies ask you to pay for the course before arrival.
Safety Training Seminars does not ask for payment until you show up and there is no penalty for canceling.
2. Research the company’s reputation.
Safety Training Seminars has been providing high quality BLS renewal courses in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1989. The rating on the Better Business Bureau Website is A+ and there are over 200 5 Star Yelp Reviews.
3. Make sure it is an American Heart Association BLS certified course. There are some companies that advertise their courses as “American Heart Association compliant” or “we follow American Heart Association guidelines”. I am sure they teach good courses but the certification card you would receive after class is not from the AHA.
Safety Training Seminars is a licensed American Heart Association Training Center and our license number is CA-20784
Online CPR Renewal Classes
I am sure you have heard about the online scam called online CPR classes. You simply go to a website and pay about $50, answer 7 questions – correctly or not, and then print out a CPR certification card from your computer.
CPR is a motor skill and it cannot be learned sitting in front of the computer. The American Heart Association CPR and First-aid classes offer lots of practice time under the watchful eyes of a certified instructor. If you are a parent, would you prefer your babysitter learned the skills of of how to save a baby who is choking in a classroom practicing with manikins, or by printing out a card from the computer?
However, there is a an exception to this rule. The American Heart Association offers Blended eLearning courses which are accepted for all types of jobs in the San Francisco Bay Area. The AHA blended eLearning courses combine a thorough computer based class, combined with the skills practice and skills testing in front of a certified AHA ACLS instructor. View Upcoming ACLS eLearning Courses
I receive a lot of inquires about renewing the CPR card or taking a BLS recertification class. There is not a renewal for Heartsaver CPR & First-aid classes. In other words, the class is the same length of time if you have had the class before or if it is your first time. The reason the course lengths are the same is to provide a lot of practice time to students and update everyone on all the new guidelines. Also, per state law (Title 22), the course length for Pediatric CPR & First-aid is 8 hours.
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Do you manage a family child care center in San Francisco or work in a child care or day care center in the SF Bay Area? If so you are required by law to have 15 hours of training: Pediatric CPR & First-aid 8 hours EMSA Health & Safety: 7 hours
Frequently Asked Questions:
I am renewing my card since I took the class a few years ago. Do I have to take the full 8 hour class? Yes. According to the EMSA and Community Care Licensing, you must take the full 8 hour CPR and First-aid class once every two years. Actually, there are a few companies that claim they are EMSA certified and they are not. There are also a few places that teach this class in less than 8 hours. If you take the wrong class, you could get fined by CC Licensing, plus you would have to take the class all over again.
How can I be sure Safety Training Seminars is an authorized provider of EMSA certification classes?
1. View our EMSA CPR license here.
2. View approved vendors on EMSA Website.
3. Call EMSA to verify Safety Training Seminars.