Training Center versus Training Site

Training Center versus Training Site

The American Heart Association (AHA) Training Network is a complex system with many divisions. These may include:

  • Training Centers (TC)
  • Training Sites (TS)
  • Instructors
  • Training Center Coordinators (TCC)

The differences between a Training Center (TC) and a Training Site (TS) can be a bit difficult to understand. Let’s see if we can break it down.

The AHA has established a fleet of Training Centers (TCs) who help to deliver the Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) educational courses. This fleet helps strengthen the Chain of Survival by monitoring proper administration and quality of the ECC courses they’re aligned under.

Training Centers are responsible for managing many moving pieces. Some of these include:

  • Providing aligned TSs and instructors with timely communication of any new or updated information about the TC
  • Regional or National procedures
  • Course content
  • Policies
  • Course administration that could affect an instructor while carrying out his or her responsibilities

The TC also serves as the primary resource for:

  • Support
  • Quality control
  • Information for all AHA ECC Instructors aligned with the TC.

It is at the sole discretion of the AHA for establishment and renewal of TC contracts. The AHA reserves the right to accept or reject any TC applicant. To become a TC, you first must be an established Training Site. At the time of publication (April 2021), the AHA is not currently accepting new Training Centers.

Training Sites are typically training locations that operate under a TC. These sites are in a separate location and oftentimes throughout the country. TSs conduct AHA courses following the guidelines outlined in the Instructor Manual. This is done for each discipline the TS is approved to teach.

The TSs also have the option to be approved in higher disciplines while not carrying lower level disciplines (i.e. Approved for ACLS but not BLS). They are also accountable for maintaining instructor and course records that meet the standards of the TC. The TS must also meet course completion card management equipment and instructor to the same standard and submit reports as requested to the TC.

Training Centers are responsible for ensuring that its Training Sites comply with policies and procedures for the TC as well as the procedures and policies outlined in the PAM.

For information on the requirements to affiliate with Code One Training Solutions as a training center please visit

10 thoughts on “Training Center versus Training Site”

  1. Candice Wiekrykas

    Thank you for the information. I have more questions that I need clarified please.
    If possible could I speak with someone? I wanted to know.
    Is there compensation related to be a training site and having 5-6 instructors?
    Considering becoming a training site and needed to know. I own a QA nursing company.
    Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Candice, You would set your own prices and collect course fees from your students as a Training Site. The AHA and its Training Centers do not establish pricing for courses so it varies place to place.

    1. No, we don’t charge a fee for alignment. However we do require a 50 certification annual minimum to remain authorized without a fee.

      1. Can my company become a Training Site where I can order my own cards through Shop CPR, which will go through your Training Center.

        How do I become a Training Site with you?
        requirements are?

        1. Training Sites receive their eCards through the Training Center. We do accept affiliate instructors and you can see the requirements and apply here:

  2. Been teaching BLS and Heartsaver since 2016 thinking about becoming a training site can you send me some info on how to make this happen? – Thomas Reid

  3. Hi! My company is interested in becoming either a AHA Training Site or an AHA Training Center. Can you please provide some information on this. What are the eligibility requirements, is there an application process, is there a fee, what programs can we provide, can we offer training onsite, or at a facility, etc.


    1. Sure thing. We do accept affiliate instructors and training sites. You can see the requirements and apply here:

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