The “Adult CPR/AED” class is for the general public. “CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer” is for individuals who have a job‐related duty to respond to emergencies.
CPR and First Aid Trainings
GSUSA sets the requirements for CPR and First Aid trainings in the Safety Activity Checkpoints. In response to COVID-19, GSUSA has allowed council’s to approve select online-only CPR and First Aid providers to fulfill the first-aider requirements detailed in the Safety Activity Checkpoints.
GSSEF will now accept online-only American Red Cross Adult, Child & Baby First Aid/CPR/AED certification. This course provides knowledge and skills for emergency life-saving techniques involving infants, children, and adults. This is the ONLY GSSEF approved online only course & vendor for instruction prior to passing Phase 3 of the COVID reopening process; no other online-only classes will be accepted. The cost is currently $35. Please visit www.redcross.org to register for this online-only class.
Certification Cards need to be printed from the American Red Cross website upon completion of the course. The participant is responsible for printing certification cards as proof of completion of the course for the First Aider role as a GSSEF volunteer and providing the card to email@example.com.
In-person First Aid/CPR/AED for Adult & Child training Certifications are still accepted for the GSSEF First Aider role, at this time, in addition to the above online only option.
Courses fulfilling Level 1 first-aider requirements
|Courses fulfilling Level 2 first aider requirements*|
|American Heart Association||Heartsaver First Aid CPR |
AED With Pediatric CPR
|American Red Cross (ARC)||Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED|| |
Wilderness and Remote First Aid
|American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI)||CPR, AED, & First Aid Combo|| |
Basic Wilderness First Aid
|National Safety Council (NSC)|| |
NSC First Aid, CPR & AED
NSC Advanced First Aid, CPR & AED
Before participating in a class offered by an organization not listed here, please check with firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure the class meets the GSUSA training requirements.
What is the difference between the “Adult CPR/AED" class and "CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer"?
What’s the difference between Level 1 & Level 2 First Aiders?
When is a Level 1 First Aider needed?
When is a Level 2 First Aider needed?
What courses are required for Level 2 First Aid?
What is an automated external defibrillator (AED)?
Can being a Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant or Physician take the place of the required training?
Can being a paramedic, military medic, or emergency medical technician (EMT) take the place of the required training?
Can being a Dentist or Dental Hygienist take the place of the required training?
How much is the certification course?
Is Financial Assistance available?
If GSSEF doesn’t take my certification, can you get your money back?
Other items to keep in mind:
There are lots of CPR classes available online. Unfortunately, many of these are scams. This is why the ONLY approved online-only course currently recognized by GSSEF is American Red Cross Adult, Child & Baby First Aid/CPR/AED certification. This class covers all of the components necessary to fulfill the GSUSA training requirement. No other online-only classes will be accepted to fulfill the training requirement.
Certified Instructors are required by their organization to pay for the course materials, purchase authorized cards, and pay an authorized provider fee for each student taught.
BEWARE of any “Authorized Provider” who creates and distributes their own cards without endorsement or approval from a certifying organization like those listed in the chart above.
Classes that offer training using “compression-only” CPR are inexpensive but do not cover Adult, Child & Baby First Aid/CPR/AED. Certifications for “compression-only” CPR are not acceptable.