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Online BLS CPR Training and BLS CPR Certification

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Online BLS CPR certification—print your BLS certification or get by mail

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People from all walks of life—including healthcare providers, caregivers, first responders, and anyone else who may want to be prepared to help others in the event of an emergency—can take online courses from the American Academy of CPR and First Aid, Inc.

The American Academy’s online BLS CPR certification training is developed by board-certified physicians and consists of updated safety measures suggested by the World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We provide a variety of training and certification options, including BLS training and recertification, AED training, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (including adult, child, and infant CPR). Upon successful completion of your online training and the end-of-course exam, you may print out your BLS certification materials, or request to have them mailed to you.

Take professional-quality courses for BLS CPR training written and reviewed by board-certified physicians

All courses offered by the American Academy are developed and designed by experienced healthcare professionals and licensed medical doctors—including the American Academy’s popular courses for earning an online BLS recertification or a first aid certification.

The American Academy’s study materials are unmatched in quality and ease of use. Our online course materials utilize high-quality illustrations and videos, as well as detailed diagrams to create an online learning experience that is as close as possible to learning in a traditional classroom—but without the drawbacks of in-person learning. Through our services, you can enjoy the same quality of training and support for a lower cost and smaller time commitment.

Each of our certification courses—whether in basic life support, automated external defibrillators, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation—are designed to thoroughly and efficiently teach you how to respond to specific types of medical emergencies. With our BLS certification course, you will gain the basic knowledge and skills you’ll need to help others in life-threatening situations.

Courses offered by the American Academy cover a comprehensive list of commonly required healthcare skills and knowledge, including:

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  • Emergency situation assessment
  • COVID-19 recommendations for BLS CPR
  • Protocols for emergency response
  • Infant, child, and adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • The mechanics of artificial life support
  • Human physiology

BLS Training with COVID-19 Positive or Suspected

The American Academy of CPR and First Aid recommends renewing your BLS certification to learn about how you can reduce the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19 and other infections when performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Our course follows the recommended safety precautions prescribed by the World Health Organization as well as the Center for Disease Control with updated course material to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Limiting on-scene bystanders
  • Personal protective equipment use and protection against airborne droplets
  • How to reduce exposure when administering CPR
  • Chest compressions
  • When to use an automated external defibrillator (AED)

Enjoy the benefits of our basic life support and cardiopulmonary resuscitation courses, recommended by healthcare professionals

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Here are some of the perks that have made the American Academy a popular choice for medical practitioners:

  • Choose from our free online certification courses, including AED, baby CPR, and BLS recertification.
  • Learn life saving techniques with free online basic life support training and videos.
  • Train to perform infant, child, and adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation methods.
  • Receive free instruction in the proper use of an automated external defibrillator.
  • Complete our training courses online and on your own schedule.
  • Print your two-year certificate and wallet card conveniently from your home or office.

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What you will learn during online training

The American Academy offers basic life support courses that are geared toward providing adults with a quick and affordable way to get their BLS recertification. These courses are also ideal for those who want to learn emergency medical skills to protect their families.

Our online BLS certification course teaches important lifesaving knowledge and techniques such as:

  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • COVID-19 recommendations for performing BLS
  • Adult CPR, child CPR, and infant CPR
  • How to respond to choking in adults, children, and infants
  • AED training

The CPR and AED training you’ll receive from our online BLS Certification course will prepare you to perform lifesaving procedures efficiently and effectively in the event of a medical emergency.

While automated external defibrillators are commonly used by medical professionals, they have been designed so that people who do not have extensive medical backgrounds can use them as well. Our AED course teaches the necessary skills for using these devices while reinforcing knowledge about them with statistical information, helpful full-color diagrams, and step-by-step instructions.

Who can benefit from online BLS training and certification?

The basic life support course is ideal for professionals who need BLS certification as part of their job. It also provides useful training for individuals who want to be prepared to help loved ones in case of medical emergencies. However, healthcare professionals often recommend that any able-bodied person should learn basic lifesaving skills.

The standard BLS Certification course is designed for people who are not medical professionals, but who frequently work with the public or in a public environment. Our standard courses are the perfect fit or individuals looking to learn how to perform adult, child, or infant CPR—or to obtain a BLS recertification. The skills these courses teach only take 60-90 minutes to learn, but they can make all the difference for your children, your spouse, your parents, or even strangers on the street.

Further your emergency preparedness training with more American Academy certification courses

Beyond BLS CPR renewal, the American Academy also offers courses in first aid certification, adult CPR, and bloodborne pathogens certification. Whatever lifesaving skills you may need for your professional or personal life, you can learn them by taking courses featured on this site.

Mission and Vision

Vision: Provide the knowledge, experience and confidence for anyone to perform basic life support during a cardiac emergency.

Mission: Our dedication to teaching the world how to save lives spans more than a decade. We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our communities persist through learning the skills and techniques of basic life support.

Save time and money—begin your online certification training today!

When it comes to BLS CPR training, earning your BLS certification online is one of the most beneficial, time-saving, and cost-effective decisions you can make. All coursework offered here is available for free, 24 hours a day. Simply click on the course that is relevant to your needs and start learning now.


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