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The American Academy of CPR and First Aid, Inc. offers bloodborne pathogens (BBP) training for anyone who works in a job with possible exposure to blood or other bodily fluids, putting them at risk of contracting bloodborne diseases. Completing a bloodborne pathogens training course is an essential step in protecting yourself and others. The course will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to safely work in an environment where bloodborne pathogens may be present.

What is a bloodborne pathogens certification?

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Becoming certified proves you have learned how to safely handle human blood without exposing yourself or others to bloodborne pathogens and potentially infectious materials.

Our bloodborne pathogens certification course will teach you the safety procedures that healthcare workers follow in order to keep themselves safe while responding to emergency situations. When you complete the online course and pass the test, you can feel confident about safely handling bloodborne pathogens to protect yourself from dangerous diseases.

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Joint Accreditation

Physician and Physician Assistant Accreditation (MD, DO, and PA)

The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of:

AMA Credits (American Medical Association)
Blood Borne Pathogens 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM
Blood Borne Pathogens Recertification 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

  • Estimated Time to Completion:
    • Blood Borne Pathogens - 1 Hour

Nursing: (Registered Nurses: RN) , (Nurse practitioner: APRN)

The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is:

ANCC Credits (American Nurses Credentialing Center)
Blood Borne Pathogens 1 Contact Hour
Blood Borne Pathogens Recertification 1 Contact Hour
  • Estimated Time to Completion:
    • Blood Borne Pathogens - 1 Hour

Pharmacy (Pharmacists : PharmD, RPh) , (Pharmacy Technicians: CPhT )

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this continuing education activity for the following contact hours of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education:

ACPE Credits (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education)
Blood Borne Pathogens 1 Hour (0.10 CEUs)
Blood Borne Pathogens Recertification 1 Hour (0.10 CEUs)
Pharmacists Universal Activity Number

Blood Borne Pathogens: JA4008162-9999-22-398-H05-P

Type of Activity:


Pharmacy Technicians Universal Activity Number

Blood Borne Pathogens: JA4008162-9999-22-398-H05-T

Type of Activity:


  • Estimated Time to Completion:
    • Blood Borne Pathogens - 1 Hour

Dental (DDS or DMD)

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of the credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates these activities for the following continuing education credits:

ADA Credits (The American Dental Association)
Blood Borne Pathogens 1 ADA Credit
Blood Borne Pathogens Recertification 1 ADA Credit
  • Estimated Time to Completion:
    • Blood Borne Pathogens - 1 Hour

Physician Assistant Accreditation (ARC-PA)

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria.

The below activities are designated for the following AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Approval is valid until December 31, 2023. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

AAPA Credits (American Academy of Physician Associates)
Blood Borne Pathogens 1 AAPA Category 1 CME
Blood Borne Pathogens Recertification 1 AAPA Category 1 CME
  • Estimated Time to Completion:
    • Blood Borne Pathogens - 1 Hour

Optometry (OD)

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by COPE to provide continuing education to optometrists. Check with your local state licensing board to see if this counts toward your CE requirement for re-licensure.

The courses below are COPE approved for the following hours of CE credit:

COPE Credits (The Council on Optometric Practitioner Education)
Blood Borne Pathogens COPE Credit 2 Hours
Blood Borne Pathogens Recertification COPE Credit 2 Hours
  • Estimated Time to Completion:
    • Blood Borne Pathogens - 1 Hour

Dietician (RD or RDN)

This program offers the following CPEUs for dieticians:

CDR Credits (Commission on Dietetic Registration)
Blood Borne Pathogens 1 CPEU Hour
Blood Borne Pathogens Recertification 1 CPEU Hour
  • Estimated Time to Completion:
    • Blood Borne Pathogens - 1 Hour

How long is the bloodborne pathogens certification valid?

Our online bloodborne pathogens certificate is good for 1 full calendar year after successful completion of the course and test, and you have purchased your certificate. Our course has a standards where BBP training is required for employment purposes. Be sure to check with your employer before purchasing to confirm online training is accepted as some employers may require in-class training.

Who should take training for bloodborne pathogens?

Workers in a wide array of occupations such as first responders, healthcare personnel, nurses, physicians, health administration, tattoo artists, custodians, daycare providers, and anybody else who could be exposed during their job duties may be required to have training as part of their professional requirements.

The bloodborne pathogens course is designed specifically for such occupations and employees with easy training materials to help you quickly obtain your certificate at a low cost and at your own pace.

What will you learn during a bloodborne pathogens course?

The bloodborne pathogens course teaches proper safety precautions and procedures for workplace training to ensure occupational safety regulations. It provides health care workers and others alike knowledge about:

  • What they are, how they affect the body, and the risks they pose
  • Prevention methods including using personal protective equipment
  • Safety procedures and processes for dealing with blood contact
  • Engineering controls for drawing and storing blood

How long is a bloodborne pathogens training course?

Our free online course takes roughly 45-60 minutes for completion including the time it takes to pass the test. With an internet connection, you can access it at any time and on your own schedule. There is no time restriction involved on the course work, nor the exam. 

Bloodborne Pathogens Training with COVID-19 Positive or Suspected

Our online instructional course includes recommendations to reduce the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19 when handling human blood and other potentially infectious materials. Recommendations follow the suggestions and process explained by the Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization.

The training course encompasses an exposure control plan to help you reduce health hazards and avoid potentially contaminated materials involved after exposure incidents.

What are bloodborne pathogens?

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Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms such as viruses or bacteria carried in human blood that can cause disease such as Hepatitis B (HBV), Hepatitis C (HCV), and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Possible transmission and infection cane occur through:

  • Accidental or intentional cuts or punctures with contaminated needles or other sharps
  • Contact between mucous membranes that protect the body from infections
  • Exposure from infected fluids with broken skin
  • Sharing needles or other sharp objects with infectious material
  • Sexual contact/intercourse

Medical professionals are exposed to pathogens that cause bloodborne diseases on a regular basis, but they run the risk of exposure and infection very rarely because their methods and rigorous safety protocols make it so.

For years, the American Academy has been offering free coursework to health workers, caregivers, and others who must learn these proper handling techniques in order to meet safety guidelines.

Is bloodborne pathogens training required annually?

The answer to this question depends on a number of factors, including the type of work you do and the policies of your employer. However, in general, bloodborne pathogens training is not required on an annual basis. Instead, it is typically only required when there is a chance that you could be exposed to blood or other bodily fluids. For example, if you are a healthcare worker or a first responder, you will likely need to receive this type of training on a more regular basis. However, if you work in an office or another type of environment where exposure is unlikely, you may only need to receive this training once every few years. Ultimately, the frequency with which you need to receive bloodborne pathogens training will depend on your specific situation.

Complete your training and certification through the American Academy

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Join the ranks of professionals who train with the American Academy of CPR and First Aid. Many healthcare professionals, dental offices, and various other industries and employees choose us because we offer various benefits including a high quality course at an affordable price, and it's included in one place online with 24/7 access. The best part? The course and training material is completely free!

Is an online bloodborne pathogens training and certification legitimate?

For more than a decade, we have provided certification training for over a million customers from various organizations and institutions.

We highly recommend confirming with your employer prior to purchasing your initial certification as some institutions may require you to obtain BBP certification from a designated provider or attend in-class training.

Interested in other online certifications?

We offer a complete lineup of online healthcare courses, including an online CPR certification course, as well as a first aid course. The American Academy of CPR and First Aid, Inc. looks forward to helping you continue your education in eliminating the dangers of exposure. What's more is that you can purchase multiple certifications and receive a discount! Visit our combined courses page to learn more.

Enroll now and earn an official certificate!

Signing up for and completing our online training course is quick and easy. All you need is an internet connection for your course completion. Once you pass the test, you are only minutes away from printing your certification!

Mission and Vision

Vision: To provide in-depth and affordable training courses to teach preventative measures and eliminate exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other potentially infectious materials.

Mission: To promote public health and safety by preventing the infection and spread of bloodborne pathogens by reducing health hazards and eliminating exposure incidents.