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You have several options when looking for a CPR class near you. While certification courses vary widely, training facilities are often aligned with one of two dominant organizations:

The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Red Cross (ARC)

Both of these organizations offer similar courses ranging from Basic Life Support (AHA) or CPR for the Professional Rescuer (ARC) to courses in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). You should be aware of the important differences that could decide which certification is accepted by your employer or school.

The similarities between the AHA and ARC Certifications

Both organizations use the guidelines for CPR training that have been established by the American Heart Association. The AHA is responsible for the research and setting the guidelines for high quality CPR that are accepted and used around the world.

The differences between the AHA and ARC Certifications

Be sure to check you are clear on what your employer or school will accept before registering for any class.

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