Instructor Resource Center

Welcome to the new NSC First Aid Instructor Resource Center. NSC is grateful for your dedication to our shared life-saving mission. Here you will find vital information, such as product updates, training tips, administrative tools and first aid news. This site is designed to help you successfully teach NSC first aid programs. For suggestions or questions about the Instructor Resource Center, email [email protected].

Instructor Resources

First Aid Course Equivalency

The National Safety Council cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) courses meet the 2020 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. This letter provides the details related to those guidelines. Use this letter when questions arise regarding how NSC courses compare to other programs or what guideline standards course completion meets.

NSC Instructor and Training Center Agreements

NSC has updated our Instructor and Training Center Agreements, this includes our Educational Training Center Agreement. Please use the new agreements with any new First Aid Instructors and Training Centers. Current Instructors and Training Centers are not, at this time, required to update their agreements.

● Educational Agreement
● Training Center Agreement
Instructor Agreement

Thank you for your assistance bringing any new Instructors or Training Centers up to date.

Training Supply Bundles for Instructors

NSC First Aid Instructor Bundle Kits are a convenient way for instructors to start training or replenish supplies. Most kits contain everything instructors need to teach their first 24 participants. That includes manikins, AED trainers, Epi-Pen trainers, participant workbooks and more!

You can choose:

● Kits for teaching in a 2-to-1 manikin-to-participant ratio
● Kits for teaching in a 1-to-1 manikin-to-participant ratio
● Teaching supply refill kits for instructors who already have their manikins

Case Scenarios for Customizing Your Training

These materials provide NSC authorized instructors with over 100 industry-specific case scenarios so you can build meaning through the content you deliver. Choose key industries, then download PowerPoint presentations with first aid case scenarios specific to that industry.

You’ll find relevant first aid situations that will resonate with your training audience and help reinforce the content you teach. Within the slide decks, you’ll find content to support a variety of first aid situations that participants may encounter.

● Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
● Construction
● Manufacturing
● Utilities


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Course Completion Cards

On Nov. 13, 2023, NSC moved to digital certificates for all Instructor-led first aid courses and discontinued paper course certificates. Every first aid participant workbook and e-participant workbook purchase is now paired with an equal number of digital certificates. Learn more about Digital Certificates here.

It’s not required, but if you’d like to exchange your remaining paper certificates for a digital certificate credit, simply email [email protected]. Please provide the total number of certificates you are exchanging and your Chapter, Training Center or Instructor information.

If you would like to continue using your stock of paper course certificates, please use the following guidelines:

Course completion cards must be printed or typed when they are issued. Hand-written completion cards are not acceptable. Also, the cards must be filled out completely and include the correct course name. The course completion card template that came with your instructor kit includes a field in the upper right-hand portion of the card.

Only official NSC course titles may be printed on completion cards. The only course titles that may be used on NSC completion cards are:

For First Aid Cards:

  • First Aid
  • Pediatric
  • Advanced First Aid
  • Emergency Medical Responder

For CPR Cards:

  • Adult CPR & AED
  • Adult and Child CPR & AED
  • Adult, Child and Infant CPR & AED
  • Pediatric CPR & AED
  • BLS for Health Care Providers & Professional Rescuers

For more information, please read the Instructor Guidelines in the front of your Instructor Manual. 

How to Complete Your Course Completion Cards
  1. 1. Open in Adobe Acrobat 
  2. 2. Type or print the information on NSC completion cards 
  3. 3. Adjust for alignment on your printer
  4. 4. Make a copy of the course completion card to use as a sample for alignment before printing

View First Aid Completion Card Template
View Course Completion Card Example

Coast Guard Requirement

When you issue first aid completion cards that meet the Coast Guard requirement, please include the following numbers to the card:

First Aid: NATSAF-202

Include both numbers when completing both first aid and CPR requirements.

Completion Cards and Teaching CPR/AED

NSC issues a new, single completion card for First Aid, CPR and AED courses. This card, which has “First Aid, CPR and AED” pre-printed on it, replaces the separate First Aid and CPR completion cards that were issued for First Aid, CPR and AED courses. AED is a required component of the NSC CPR training curriculum, and must be included in all CPR courses without exception. Instructors who teach NSC CPR without the AED portion of the course are violating their Instructor Agreement.

Course Outlines

These handy course outlines will help you plan the timing and delivery of each course.

Bloodborne & Airborne Pathogens Course Outline
Pediatric First Aid, CPR & AED Outline
Basic Life Support Outline
Advanced First Aid and Basic Life Support Outline
First Aid, CPR & AED Outline

Program Corrections and Enhancements

May 2023 Course Corrections

The First Aid Practice Area has responded to requests to update our content on two topics. We have added information specifying when an impaled object should be removed from the mouth or cheek area. We have also updated information on treating a sucking chest wound.

The content has been updated in the digital materials available through NSC Learning. Log in, go to My Home Page, then Access My Training & Materials. You’ll find updated content for:

First Aid, CPR and AED
First Aid
Pediatric First Aid, CPR and AED

In future printed materials, this information will be integrated in to the following courses:

First Aid, CPR & AED – Instructor Manual page 38
First Aid – Instructor Manual page 38
Pediatric First Aid, CPR & AED – reference to Sucking Chest Wound Instructor Manual page 111

Cheek Impalement – The only time you should remove an impaled object from the cheek/mouth is if the airway is completely blocked, preventing breathing and you can do so without further injuring the person. Removing an impaled object can damage the nerves and blood vessels and make the wound worse as well as increase bleeding into the mouth and affecting the airway. Stabilize the object with gauze or bandaging and keep the person still and calm until first responders arrive.

Sucking Chest Wound – It is better to not block air flowing in and out than for air to be completely sealed off which would create a tension pneumothorax. In classes at the EMS level or above, 3 sided occlusive dressings are generally taught but that is outside the scope of this class.

Skill Testing for eLearners

Participants who complete the First Aid, CPR and AED, First Aid Only, or CPR and AED Only eLearning courses must perform skill testing to receive a skills certification card. When you receive your 8th Edition First Aid, CPR and AED Instructor Credential, you are automatically qualified to be a Skill Tester for participants. This includes instructors that have completed the eLearning courses for:

  • First Aid, CPR & AED
  • First Aid
  • CPR & AED

Use the Performance Checklist included in your Instructor Resource Kit to test participant’s skills, then log their completion through NSC Learning.


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