American Heart Association recertification

Looking for American Heart Association recertification in CPR/AED and/or First Aid?

While you may be thinking that American Heart Association recertification is your only option, you may qualify for American Red Cross recertification, too. To qualify for American Red Cross recertification, you must have successfully completed an equivalent- or higher-level American Red Cross or American Heart Association class, and you must have proof of that fact. Furthermore, that qualifying class must have been completed within the past two years. Except for a 30-day grace period, there are no exceptions to this rule.

To help you understand what does what does not qualify, here are the general American Heart Association and American Red Cross class equivalents:


AHA: “BLS for Healthcare Providers”

ARC: “Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers”

ARC: “CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers”

ARC: “CPR/AED for Lifeguards” (class no longer offered)


AHA: “Heartsaver CPR AED”

AHA: “Family & Friends CPR” (non-certification class)

ARC: “CPR/AED-Adult,” “CPR/AED-Pediatric” (“CPR/AED-Child” + “CPR-Infant”), or a combo


AHA: “Heartsaver First Aid”

ARC: “First Aid”


Of course, you should always check with your employer or school before signing up for a class, to ensure that they will accept either an American Red Cross certificate or an American Heart Association certificate. In many cases, you might be surprised to find that American Heart Association recertification is not your only option. And once you see what American Red Cross classes have to offer and how comprehensive the training is, you may never look back again.