Frequently Asked Questions

Is ONLINE training for CPR or First Aid offered and just as acceptable to take?

Online certification in CPR and First Aid is not OSHA compliant and may not be acceptable for your profession or for your needs. However, if you are wanting to learn CPR or First Aid for personal knowledge only and not for your workplace, school, or community groupy, an online-only class is a great way to get an overview of how you might be able to help in an emergency. But remember, an online-only class does not offer you any hands-on practice with manikins, cpr masks, AED trainers, or first aid supplies you'll use in real life. When an emergency happens, you'll always revert back to muscle memory and your training. If you never practiced before, you won't have the skills to put to work when needed. This is why OSHA, and most industry regulations require the hands-on piece to emergency training. And, this is why Blue Spectrum Solutions does not offer online-only courses in CPR and First Aid. However we do offer blended courses where you can watch the videos and participate in interactive training online before coming to a shortened in-person class to test your skills. Blended courses are OSHA compliant and allow you to take the learning portion of the course at your own pace and then meet up with an instructor to ask questions, test your knowledge, and to test your skills. 


What is the difference between American Heart Association (AHA), American Red Cross (ARC), and American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI)?

There really is not much of a difference at all. All three certifying bodies follow the same national standards and the same science. You'll learn the same things in each course from each provider. The differences come from what each organization does and why some agencies work closer with one as compared to another. For years, the American Heart Association was one of the only organizations who provided advanced training and certification for cardiac care for medical staff. This meant many hospitals required their staff to become CPR certified by the AHA and not the Red Cross or ASHI. But ASHI now also offers ACLS. And, many medical professionals do not require advanced cardiac life support training so they can receive BLS certification from Red Cross or ASHI. If you do not need BLS certification and only community or lay-person CPR or First Aid, then Red Cross or ASHI is sufficient. Red Cross focuses their efforts on disaster relief and much of their training funds are used for that. Their CPR, BLS, and First Aid classes cost a bit more. ASHI has the same high standards, but they only focus on emergency and workplace safety training. Their prices are lower which make them more affordable. Blue Spectrum Solutions offers CPR training from the Red Cross and ASHI. Check with us to see which class would be best for you or your organization. 


What is the difference between BLS (Basic Life Support) and CPR/AED?

BLS is a higher level CPR course for professionals in the healthcare arena or those who have a duty to respond, such as law enforcement officers, EMTs and EMRs, lifeguards, and ski patrol. If you do not respond to emergencies as a part of your job, you would probably just need the CPR/AED course which is for everyone else. The courses cover all of the same things, except the BLS course will use additional tools that will be available to medical/professional providers. 


Are there any discounts available?

At times there may be discounts available. You may have received a discount card in the mail or seen a flyer in the community or an advertisement online. Please note the discount code and be sure to mention the code at check-out or when you contact us via email or by phone. If you have a large group, please talk to us to see if we can help with the price. 

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