AHA vs. ARC vs. ASHI vs. EMS vs. NSC vs. PetTech...

If you’re planning to get your CPR Instructor certification, you have a lot of options. The number one question you'll face as an inspiring CPR Instructor, is which one should you choose? 

Well that depends... 

  • What level of CPR do you plan to teach?
  • Do you want to teach Nurses, EMTs, Healthcare professionals? 
  • Or do you prefer OSHA Trade Workers in Factories, Industrial Job sites?
  • Maybe laypeople such as new Moms, Grandparents, and high school students?
  • Will being a CPR Instructor be your side gig or main job?
American Heart Association

Instructor Course Fee: $750+
Yearly Renewal Fee: Varies Widely
Start-up Costs: $1,500-$3,000
Avg. Student Cost: $75-$120
Book Fee:  +/- $10 each
Cert Card Fee:  $5 - $20 each

American Heart Association

AHA sets the guidelines ALL other CPR agencies follow. The AHA classes are broken down into 4 options: BLS for the Healthcare Professional, Heartsaver AED, Heartsaver CPR and Bloodborne Pathogens. The Heartsaver CPR classes are for laypeople, teachers, babysitters, new parents, etc. AHA offers Higher level ACLS and PALS courses. AHA certifications are valid for 2 years and a book must be purchased by each student. 

AHA is THE most widely required/accepted Healthcare Provider certification, it's the gold-standard. If this is who you want to teach, or you're in the medical field yourself, AHA is your recommended certifying agency.

Most other certifying agencies will 'grandfather' in AHA Instructors and extend their certification to you as well at a reduced cost - Great way to flush out and diversify your course offerings!

American Red Cross

Instructor Course Fee: $500+
Yearly Renewal Fee: Varies Widely
Start-up Costs: $1,500-$3,000
Avg. Student Cost: $55-$110
Book Fee:  +/- $12 each
Cert Card Fee:  ?

American Red Cross

ARC courses follow AHA guidelines. ARC courses focus more on laypeople that are not Healthcare providers. Courses include: Babysitting & Child Care, Swimming & Water Safety, Lifeguarding, CPR & AED and First Aid, and Wilderness First Aid. ARC CPR certifications are valid for 2 years. Books must be purchased by each student. 

ARC is NOT widely accepted by Healthcare Providers. ARC is most known for it's layperson CPR courses. If you will focus on training Parents, Students, Babysitters, Scout Groups and the like, then ARC is your recommended certifying agency.

American Safety & Health Institute

Instructor Course Fee: $200+
Yearly Renewal Fee: Varies Widely
Start-up Costs: $1,500-$3,000
Avg. Student Cost: $55+​
Book Fee:  +/- $8 each
Cert Card Fee:  $5+ each

American Safety & Health Institute

ASHI courses follow AHA guidelines. ASHI CPR certification program is a preferred certifying agency for Workplace and Industrial businesses and organizations. ASHI courses meet Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) training requirements. ASHI certification is valid for 2 years and offers CPR certification at the same levels as the AHA and ARC. ASHI offers Higher level ACLS and PALS courses. It usually is an affordable alternative to AHA and ARC CPR classes. 

If you're training Industrial Workers, then ASHI is recommended as your certifying agency.

Instructor Course Fee: $375+
Yearly Renewal Fee: Varies Widely
Start-up Costs: $1,500-$3,000
Avg. Student Cost: $ +
Book Fee:  +/- $9 each (sold in 4 pk)
Cert Card Fee:  $0 (included in book)

EMS Safety Services

EMS courses follow AHA guidelines. Instructors have greater flexibility to match personal teaching style to students’ needs, with DVD components, Hands-on practice, Written workbooks and Scripted instruction and demonstration. EMS courses meet Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) training requirements. EMS certification is valid for 2 years. It usually is an affordable alternative to AHA and ARC CPR classes. 

EMS is NOT widely accepted by Healthcare Providers. EMS is best for it's layperson CPR & OSHA courses. If you want flexibility in your methods of teaching the material, then EMS is your recommended certifying agency.

National Safety Council

Instructor Course Fee: $475+
Yearly Renewal Fee: Varies Widely
Start-up Costs: $1,500-$3,000
Avg. Student Cost: $ +
Book Fee:  $12 each
Cert Card Fee:  $0 (included in book)

National Safety Council

NSC courses follow AHA guidelines. NSC CPR certification program is a preferred certifying agency for Workplace and Industrial businesses and organizations. NSC courses meet Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) training requirements. NSC certification is valid for 2 years. It usually is an affordable alternative to AHA and ARC CPR classes. 

If you're training Industrial Workers, then NSC is recommended as your certifying agency.

Pet Tech

Instructor Course Fee: $1,795.00
Yearly Renewal Fee: $175
Start-up Costs: $500-$1,000
Avg. Student Cost: $100 +
Book + Cert Card + Certificate Fee:  $12 each (Quantity discount avail.)

Pet Tech - CPR & First Aids for your Pets

Pet Parents consider their pets to be their best friends, members of their family and lifelong companions. There are over 85 million families that own pets in the United States. Annually, they spend over 60 billion dollars on their pets. There is a tremendous need for training in pet CPR & First Aid. Teaching Pet CPR can compliment your human offerings and help distinguish you amongst other instructors. Expand your clientele to include Vets & personnel, Animal Hospitals, Dogsitters, Dogwalkers, Boarding Staff, and Groomer Staff.