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What kind of CPR training do I need?

Updated: May 30, 2022


In Pennsylvania and most other States, if you NEED to have CPR certification for medical related work or school, you will need American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers. Other brands will NOT be accepted by your school or employer.

If you are required to have CPR for non-medical employment or school, the requirements are less stringent. Basically, any in-person class with an instructor will work.

Pediatric CPR and First Aid

In Pennsylvania, Daycare workers or anyone with a State mandate to obtain certification for work involving children, you must have training that which specifies "Pediatric". It is important that your First Aid card specifically states "Pediatric" for both CPR and First Aid. If not, you certification may be rejected by your employer. Update: Starting in 2022 the State requires Childcare and Daycare workers to receive their Pediatric CPR and First Aid training from a registered PQAS provider. Lancaster CPR is a registered PQAS provider.

First Aid

The requirements for First-Aid training are less stringent. Generally, any in-person or hybrid online training is adequate. The specific brand is not as important but the two most recognized are American Heart Association and American Red Cross. Only the American Heart Association is universally accepted, nationwide.

Lancaster CPR is an authorized Training Site for the following brands:

  • American Heart Association. AHA.

  • American Red Cross. ARC.

  • Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System. (PA KEY)

  • Emergency Care and Safety Institute. ECSI.

Our Ephrata training site is convenient to Reading, Marietta, Lititz, Mount Joy, Manheim, East Petersburg, Elizabethtown, Denver, Lebanon, Hershey, Columbia, Adamstown, Akron, New Holland, Leola, York and Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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