I feel bad for the well-intended worker or citizen who finds an online CPR course and spends their hard earned money, only to find out upon completion that they are not in fact certified in compliance with OSHA. Just imagine, you have a new job all lined up and you need your CPR and First Aid card before you start on Monday. When you show up to your first day on the job with the card you received via an online course, you find out your card does not meet OSHA standards and you need to go back and complete hands-on CPR and AED training.

Here are some common questions to consider when choosing a CPR and AED Training Course:

How Does Online CPR and AED Training Work?

Online CPR and AED training courses offer the course content in an online module format, followed by a test. However, this format lacks the most important element of your training, hands-on CPR and AED skills practice. After completing an online certification program you will receive a card via email, however, this card is not OSHA approved and may be rejected by your employer. After completing an online training course, to become OSHA compliant,  you will need to contact a local trainer for the hands-on skills testing portion of the certification program, which requires an additional fee.

What does it mean to be OSHA Certified?

OSHA’s Best Practices Guide: Fundamentals of a Workplace First-Aid Program, 2006, states that a first-aid training program should have trainees develop hands-on skills through the use of mannequins and partner practice. These standards require training in physical skills, such as bandaging and CPR. The only way these physical skills can be learned is by actually practicing them, ideally in a workplace setting. Online training alone does not meet the requirements of these training standards. The full OSHA Best Practices Guide may be accessed at www.osha.gov

How Much does OSHA Certified, Hands-On CPR and AED Training Cost?

Instead of paying for an online certification course and the physical, hands-on skills portion, it is advantageous to choose a qualified, in-person trainer from the beginning who can offer a customized, all-inclusive course in a single sitting. By choosing a company like Lenz Safety, you will pay $65 for OSHA certified First Aid, CPR and AED course, which is  $15 less than the $80 you would have spent for on an online card, which isn’t OSHA certified.

Lenz Safety Offers Safety Training Tailored to Your Job

Instances, as I have outlined above, are the reason why it is important to research First Aid, CPR and AED training courses, to ensure they include the training content, hands-on skills portion, proper testing and are OSHA compliant. By working with a company where you speak directly with the qualified trainer to schedule your course, you can ask questions up front and ensure that you are receiving training that is not only OSHA compliant but tailored specifically to your job.