Is there a difference between AHA, ARC and other training programs that I should be aware of?

Is there a difference between AHA, ARC and other training programs that I should be aware of?

The American Heart Association (AHA) is a research-based organization that provides guidance and evidence-based standards to other organizations like the American Red Cross (ARC) for many years.  The AHA has funded more than $4.5 billion in heart disease and stroke research over the years. 

Here are a few similarities and differences between the AHA and the ARC : 

Similarities

  • Both the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross offer in person, online and hybrid classes.  
  • All materials are generally the same with a few minor differences in the names of the programs as well as some minor changes in the application of the program.  
  • Both have COVID safe practices.
  • Both offer top quality instruction and are based off the research provided by the AHA.

Differences

  • ARC is now offering a 1 year provisional certification due to COVID.  The student is able to take an online class and obtain a provisional certification that can be transferred to a full certification once the skills have been completed at a later time.  This is handy only if your employer will accept this.   The AHA program does not offer this service at this time however offer modifications due to COVID.
  • The cost may differ depending on your local provider.

For a list of courses offered by the American Heart Association, please visit their website https://cpr.heart.org/en/course-catalog-search.

For a list of courses offered by the American Red Cross, please visit www.redcross.org.   

Unsure which course is right for you?  Some employer’s or organizations will have a preference which certification they require.  It’s strongly recommended that you check with them first, to determine if they have a preference.  

If you are wondering which American Heart Association course is right for you, please contact our office at 860-786-1789 and one of our service associates can assist you choosing the best course for your needs.

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