Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Students

SQ01. What is the minimum age for CPR, First Aid, or AED certification?
SQ02. How can I provide feedback from an EMS Safety course?
SQ03. I have an injury or disability and can’t perform all the skills. Can I be certified?
SQ04. I am coughing and sneezing from a cold? Should I go to the course?
SQ05. Is there an EMS Safety Instructor near me?
SQ06. What EMS Safety course is right for me?
SQ07. How long is my certification good for?
SQ08. How do I recertify my training?
SQ09. Am I covered by the Good Samaritan Law?

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What is the minimum age for CPR, First Aid, or AED certification?

A: There is no minimum age requirement for certification. However, a student must be able to understand the information and pass the written and skills testing. If he or she is able, they should be issued a certification card regardless of his or her age.

SQ-02: How can I provide feedback from an EMS Safety course?

A: It’s easy. Log in to the student portal to let us know what you thought about the instructor, course materials, and location. Your comments are emailed to our corporate office and a copy can be sent to the Instructor. Your opinion is valuable, so we encourage you to provide feedback whenever possible. Also, feel free to contact us directly any time.

SQ-03: I have an injury or disability and can’t perform all the skills. Can I be certified?

A: No. CPR/AED and First Aid certification requires that students pass a written exam and a skills exam. Students who cannot perform the skills are not issued certification cards. However, a person with a disability can perform many of the skills as well as guide another rescuer through the steps. Even though a person may not be able to complete the certification requirements, the training is still highly valuable.

SQ-04: I am coughing and sneezing from a cold. Should I go to the course?

A: No. Contact your Instructor to re-schedule the training date, so that others in the course are not infected.

SQ-05: Is there an EMS Safety Instructor near me?

A: We’re not sure where you are. You can check which Instructors are close to you by using our Locate an Instructor feature. Instructor profiles can be searched by state and county. Feel free to contact us if you have trouble finding an Instructor.

SQ-06: What EMS Safety course is right for me?

A: It depends on what you need. CPR Training typically covers care for adult, child and infant cardiac arrest and choking emergencies. First Aid Training teaches how to respond to medical emergencies (e.g. heart attack, stroke and diabetic emergencies), injury-related emergencies (e.g. bleeding and suspected fractures), and environmental emergencies (e.g. hot and cold emergencies and allergic reactions). AED Training combines instruction in adult/child CPR and choking care and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Bloodborne Pathogens training is for responders and workers who are at risk for coming into contact with Bloodborne Pathogens. All of our courses are OSHA compliant.

SQ-07: How long is my certification good for?

A: Most certifications from EMS Safety are valid for two years. The exception is Bloodborne Pathogens training, which is valid for one year.

SQ-08: How do I recertify my training?

A: Contact your Instructor before your certification expires to arrange a recertification course, which takes less time. Recertification training only applies to currently certified providers. If your card is expired or if you cannot locate a recertification course in your area, you’ll need to take the complete course again. Use our Find An Instructor page to locate an Instructor in your area.

SQ-09: Am I covered by the Good Samaritan Law?

A: The Good Samaritan Law is different in every state. Most Good Samaritan Laws protect rescuers from civil liability as long as rescuers are responding voluntarily, stay within the scope of their training, do not cause harm to the victim, and stay with the victim until additional help arrives. Generally, trained rescuers are covered by the Good Samaritan Law as long as they meet the parameters above. Contact your local Emergency Medical Services Agency for more information about the Good Samaritan Law in your state.