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NSC First Aid Training is Recognized Across the Nation

  • National Organizations

    American Camping Association

    The NSC is an approved provider on the American Camping Association’s website

    Boy Scouts of America

    The Boy Scouts of America issued the attached statement in 2008 adding the National Safety Council as one of the organizations providing equivalent training.

    Boy Scouts of America.pdf

    Girl Scouts of the USA

    The NSC First Aid, CPR& AED course is approved for “Level 1 First Aider” and Advanced First Aid, CPR &AED and Emergency Medical Response is approved for “Level 2 First Aider.”


    Coast Guard Approval

    The United States Coast Guard has granted approval on the NSC First Aid, CPR &AED and Pediatric First Aid, CPR & AED courses until May 31, 2015. They have determined that our courses meet or exceed the requirements for the OCMI training for a merchant marine license.

    Click here for the official Coast Guard letter.

    Please be aware of the following change of requirements:

    “The course completion certificate must include the alphanumeric reference code immediately after the course title.

    The reference codes for the National Safety Council are as follows:

    • First Aid (NATSAF - 202)
    • CPR (NATSAF - 133)

    Emergency Medical Responder State by State Guide

    Check this state-by-state guide to learn about First Responder certification requirements. Information includes whether a state license is issued, the length of time for First Responder certification (NSC-issued, state-issued, or National Registry-issued), and length of time required for a First Responder refresher course.

  • International Course Approvals

    Alberta, Canada Approval

    The Government of Alberta, Canada has approved the following NSC first aid courses from April 2011 to April 2016:

    • NSC First Aid, CPR & AED (Approval level, Emergency First Aid)
    • NSC Advanced First Aid, CPR & AED (Approval level, Standard First Aid)
    Government of Alberta

State Approvals for First Aid Courses

  • Alabama

    The Alabama Department of Public Health approved NSC CPR and Advanced Cardiac Courses:

    The NSC Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care & Professional Rescuers is on the approved list.

  • California

    Below are the current letter and certificate, which approve NSC as meeting the requirements of the State of California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA)

    This approval is valid until March 31, 2015.

    Blended Learning Approved for School Bus Drivers in California

    California EMSA-approved, school bus driver training program providers now may offer a blended course to fulfill a school bus driver's first aid and CPR training requirement. The course must include both online and in-person components. Because the didactic portion of online NSC First Aid, CPR and AED is identical to content in its classroom-based counterpart, the online NSC course, followed by hands-on skills testing, is now an EMSA-approved curriculum for school bus drivers.

    If you have not already registered to be an NSC skills tester, you can do so by completing the application located at here.

    Click here to see a copy of the EMSA notification letter.

    Click here to see how the NSC online course compares with the competition.

  • Colorado

    ​The Colorado EMTS section has evaluated the Basic Life Supprot program for satisfaction of Colorado EMS provider certification/recertification requirements as stated in Colorado Board of Health Rules 6-CCR-1015-3, Chapter 1-EMS Rules.

    Approved CPR and ACLS Programs for Colorado State Certification

    The Colorado Office of Early Childhood, Division of Early Care and Learning has listed the NSC as an approved vendor through December 2014. NSC First Aid, NSC CPR & AED and NSC Bloodborne & Airborne Pathogens courses are included under this approval.

    Colorado Department of Human Services

  • Connecticut

    ​Department of Public Health

    NSC Pediatric First Aid, CPR & AED course is an approved first aid course for child day care. Please see below for the complete list.

  • Florida

    ​The State of Florida's Agency of Persons with Disabilities has approved the following NSC classroom-based courses:

    • First Aid, CPR & AED; CPR & AED; Basic Life Support for Health Care & Professional Rescuers

    The Agency also has approved the following NSC web-based courses:

    • Bloodborne & Airborne Pathogens
    • First Aid, CPR and AED (First Aid portion only— CPR and AED must be classroom-based)

    Click here for a copy of the approval. 

  • Illinois

    ​Illinois Department of Public Health has approved the NSC CPR & AED program as being “established to train individuals as AED users which follow the course objectives of the AHA and ARC or other nationally recognized courses.”

  • Indiana

    ​The Indiana Department of Education, Office of Educator Licensing & Development has reviewed our course materials and now lists the NSC on their website as an approved provider of CPR and AED training for Indiana teachers.

  • Iowa

    ​The Iowa Department of Human Services has approved the NSC Pediatric First Aid, CPR & AED program for childcare providers. The approval is valid until 2007.

  • Kansas

    ​NSC Pediatric First Aid, CPR & AED courses can be used to teach daycare providers in the state of Kansas.

  • Kentucky

    ​The Kentucky Board of Certification of Wastewater System Operators has approved the NSC Bloodborne & Airborne Pathogens Online Training program for continuing education credits.

  • Louisiana

    ​The Council has received confirmation from the state of Louisiana, Department of Health and Hospitals, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services that it has renewed its approval for NSC Pediatric First Aid, CPR & AED to be used to train employees in Class A and Class B childcare centers. This two-year approval will expire on June 30, 2017.

    A copy of the approval letter is found here.

  • Massachusetts

    ​NSC Basic Life Support for Healthcare & Professional Rescuers EMT Recertification.

    A/R 2-248 Recertification Deadlines and Reinstatement Procedures for EMT-Basics Expiring 4/1/2014

    Equivalent Pool Supervisor & Lifeguard Training Courses (2011)
    Pursuant to the 105 CMR 435.23(1), Massachusetts, Department of Public Health, all lifeguards shall hold the following certifications:

    (a) a current Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certificate, or Royal Bronze Medallion, or Boy Scouts of American Lifeguard Certificate or Y.M.C.A. Lifeguard Certificate or an equivalent certification, provided however, that no such alternative certification shall be deemed equivalent unless it shall contain all of the minimum requirements mandated or required by one or more of the foregoing certification programs; and

    (b) a current American Red Cross CPR Certificate for the Professional Rescuer or American Health Association CPR Certificate for the Health Care Provider, or National Safety Council CPR Training; and

    (c) a Red Cross Standard First Aid Certificate, or a Red Cross Community First Aid and Safety Certificate (which certification may be evidenced by a notation on the back of any Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certificate), or National Safety Council First Aid Training, Level 2, or an equivalent certification, provided however, that no such alternative certification shall be deemd equivalent unless it shall contain all of the minimum requirements of  one of the foregoing certification programs. 

  • Mississippi

    Mississippi Department of Health

    106.02 § 41-60-33. Requirements and training for use of automated external defibrillator.

    Any person may use an automated external defibrillator for the purpose of saving the life of another person in sudden cardiac death, subject to the following requirements:

    a. A Mississippi licensed physician must exercise medical control authority over the person using the AED to ensure compliance with requirements for training, emergency medical services (EMS) notification and maintenance;

    b. The person using the AED must have received appropriate training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and in the use of an AED by the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, National Safety Council or other nationally recognized course in CPR and AED use;

    c. The AED must not operate in a manual mode except when access control devices are in place or when appropriately licensed individuals such as registered nurses, physicians or emergency medical technicians - paramedics utilize the AED; and d. Any person who renders emergency care or treatment on a person in sudden cardiac death by using an AED must activate the EMS system as soon as possible, and report any clinical use of the AED to the licensed physician.

  • Missouri

    The State of Missouri, Bureau of EMS-Basic Re-Licensure Guidelines

    Re-licensure is once every five years upon completion and verification of required continuing education and submission of the re-licensure form. All EMT- Basics relicensing will have to meet the full requirements currently in effect.

  • Nebraska

    The State of Nebraska, Department of Health and Human Services currently licenses as out-of-hospital emergency medical providers:

    • Emergency Medical Responders
    • Emergency Medical Technicians
    • Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians
    • Paramedics

    Individuals who currently hold an Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate level license may renew and reinstate only. Licenses are also for Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support Services and Emergency Medical Services Training Agencies.

    Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services Approved CPR Organizations

  • Nevada

    State of Nevada, Department of Health and Human Services Division of Health Bureau of Licensure and Certification Emergency Medical Services

    The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services require evidence of current CPR training by submitting a photocopy of a valid card issued by American Heart Association, National Red Cross, National Safety Council, or any other program as approved by and filed with the Health Division. CPR will be granted four continuing educating units per renewal period.

  • New Jersey

    ​NSC Basic Life Support for Healthcare & Professional Rescuers has been approved by the NJ Department of Health.

    State of New Jersey, Department of Health, Pre-Approved Courses

  • New Mexico

    NSC Basic Life Support Approval

    The New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, Boards and Commissions Division, has approved NSC Basic Life Support for Health Care & Professional Rescuers for training/retraining dentists and dental hygienists in New Mexico.

    Click here for the approval

    New Mexico EMS Bureau

    The New Mexico EMS Bureau has approved the NSC “Basic Life Support for Health Care & Professional Rescuers” (4.5 hours) course to meet New Mexico EMS Licensure Requirements.

  • New York

    Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification for Children's Camps and Bathing Facilities

    NSC CPR Pro, Advanced First Aid and EMR for Children's camp staff and NY Bathing Facilities -

    Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification for Children's Camps and Bathing Facilities

    First Aid Certification for NYS Children's Camp Staff

    Required CPR testing for all CFR and EMT/AEMT original and refresher courses

    In order to be admitted to the State final practical skills examination, all CFR, EMT and/or Advanced EMT students must pass CPR testing. View the course approval list here.

    New York State Education Department

    New York State Education Law will require dentists to complete 60 contact hours of continuing education in each three-year registration period. For dental hygienists, the law still requires the completion of 24 contact hours in each three-year registration period. The New York State Board for Dentistry has approved our CPR courses see #17.

    Public Access Defibrillation Program Requirements

    To be authorized to have a PAD program and utilize AED criteria must be met including EMAC/DOH approved PAD training course for AED users. Click here for a list of the approved providers.

    Effective December 1, 2014: The National Safety Council is contracted by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services to deliver a Pediatric and Adult CPR, AED and First Aid program that will meet the needs of regulated day care providers.

  • North Dakota

    ​North Dakota has approved the NSC Basic Life Support for Health Care & Professional Rescuers course for the recertification of EMS providers when submitting their recertification to the National Registry of EMTs.

  • Pennsylvania

    The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for EMS providers reviewed and approved NSC Basic Life Support for Health Care & Professional Rescuers course. An EMS Bulletin will be generated in the next few weeks indicating the acceptance. In the meantime, any individual or institution may call Mr. John Englert (717-787-8740) or any of the regional EMS Councils in Pennsylvania for verification of the programs acceptance. All Pennsylvania Regional EMS Council Education Coordinators have been notified of the acceptance of NSC Basic Life Support for Health Care & Professional Rescuers.

    Pennsylvania State Board of Pharmacy

    National Safety Council Basic Life Support for Health Care & Professional Rescuers and NSC First Aid, CPR & AED are approved for pharmacists in the State.

    Pennsylvania Early Learning

    The Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System has awarded the National Safety Council the status of Specialty Discipline Organization.

    Pennsylvania Keys.pdf

    Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning

    The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning has reviewed and approved NSC's Pediatric First Aid, CPR& AED course.

    PA Child Development.pdf

  • Rhode Island

    Rhode Island Department of Health Division of Emergency Medical Services

    Application for License as an Emergency Medical Technician requires a signed Healthcare Provider level or equivalent cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) card (e.g., American Heart Association Healthcare Provider, American Red Cross Professional Rescuer, American Safety and Health Institute CPRPRO, Medic First Aid BLSPRO, or National Safety Council Professional Rescuer CPR).

  • South Carolina

    South Carolina Bloodborne Pathogens Approval

    The South Carolina Division of Health Licensing for tattoo and body piercing artists has approved the NSC Bloodborne & Airborne Pathogens program.

  • Texas

    ​The Texas Department of State Health Services program licenses and regulates massage therapists, massage therapy instructors, massage schools and massage establishments in Texas.

    Texas Acceptable Continuing Education

  • Utah

    National Safety Council training for First Aid, CPR & AED for EMS has been approved by the Utah Department of Health.

    Click here for the approval letter.

    Training For Child Care Providers

    Utah Department of Health, Childcare providers needing current certification in first aid and infant/child CPR must receive their certification from an approved source. The trainings must be American Heart Association, American Red Cross or the equivalent. CPR certification must include hands-on testing. Click here for the approval list.

  • Virginia

    The Virginia Office of EMS requires that all individuals hold current certification in CPR as a prerequisite for enrollment in the EMT-Basic and EMS First Responder Programs (initial full certification courses).

    Additionally, those students who eventually request to be tested to gain an initial Basic Life Support certification level must show proof of current training in CPR by presentation at the test site of an EMT-Instructor verified Individual Skill Performance Record showing successful course completion. (Current CPR card or official course rosters are also acceptable to verify CPR certification.

    The current courses, which are accepted by the Virginia Office of EMS to meet these standards, are found here.

    Pediatric First Aid, CPR and AED for Day Care Providers

    The Virginia Department of Social Services has approved the National Safety Council Pediatric First aid, CPR & AED program

    Click here for the approval.

  • Wisconsin

    CPR Professional for EMS

    The State of Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services has approved NSC BLS Health Care and Professional Rescuer course for licensure requirements.

    State of WI Dept. of Health.pdf

    State Health Officer and Chief Medical Officer Henry A. Anderson, M.D. states that NSC First Aid, CPR & AED continues to be on the approved courses list for the state of Wisconsin.

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