CPR Certification Or BLS Certification? How Do You Choose the Ideal CPR Class?

CPR certification or BLS certification? What is the difference? These two types of CPR lessons can cause a lot of confusion for people who need certification for their career. How to avoid wasting 4 hours of the day sitting in the wrong class? Read on!

So here’s the deal … Both CPR and BLS are CPR class types. This is what confuses most people:

BLS (which stands for Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider) is a more advanced level of CPR than a standard CPR class. BLS is a course organized by the American Heart Association and is required for all medical personnel. This includes doctors, nurses, EMTs, firefighters, police officers, etc. Dentists and dental hygienists also fall into this category. Requirements vary by state and area, but in Southern California, including Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Riverside County, BLS certification through the American Heart Association is the only acceptable certification.

CPR (typically called community CPR training or heart-saving CPR) is certification for non-medical personnel. It can also be called lay CPR. Most of these lessons are taught in person, but online courses are also available. It is important to know what type of lay CPR you are getting because there are many variations. The more inclusive courses will cover adult, child and infant CPR, automated external defibrillators, and conscious and unconscious suffocation. If you have a really good company, they should offer information on bloodborne pathogens as well. Make sure your certification is also valid for 2 years.Chicago CPR Classes

So that’s it! BLS is for healthcare professionals, CPR is for everyone else. I can’t speak for the rest of the world, but if you’re a healthcare professional looking for an Orange County CPR course, be sure to take BLS!

Zack Zarrilli is a firefighter and the owner of SureFire CPR. His company is made up of firefighters, paramedics, lifeguards and EMTs who teach hundreds of CPR, AED, and first aid courses each year. SureFire CPR instructors teach from their real-world experience and specialize in on-site CPR and first aid training throughout Southern California.

Did you find the above article helpful? In that case, for more information or to take a course, visit the site. SureFire CPR currently offers CPR and certification courses in Orange County, Los Angeles County, San Diego County, Riverside County and Inland Empire.