What are these programs? Colorado First Aid sponsors first aid classes to the community, public, and business. We have a class for adult and pediatric CPR/AED, a one day program for standard level first aid + adult/pediatric CPR, and a two day program of advanced/wilderness first aid with professional level CPR/AED. Periodically, we teach the Emergency Medical Responder (First Responder) class.
Are these “certified” classes? Absolutely. The certification agency is National Safety Council. We use NSC because costs are low, materials are excellent, there is a lot of hand-on time and practice, and this is OSHA and Mine Safety Association compliant. The CPR program is also compliant with American Heart Association standards. These certifications are accepted by employers and the medical community. With pre-registration the certification cards are handed out at the end of the class…no waiting.
Who is the training for? This training is for anyone — public, employees, volunteers, and family. There are minimum age requirements because these are not “kiddie” classes. We recommend minimum ages of twelve for CPR and First Aid, fourteen for advanced first aid and EMR.
How do I register? For our public classes participants use the web to register online for classes . The class dates are found on the web. We do some classes in the workplace during the workweek for employers and groups.
What kind of CPR card will I get? There are two basic types of CPR certification: “layperson” and “Professional Rescuer/Healthcare Provider”. CPR with the standard level class is for volunteers, or “layperson” CPR. CPR with the advanced and first responder classes is professional level.
What is this “AED” thingy? The Automated External Defibrillator is an important part of CPR. They are found in many public areas, restaurants, airplanes, workplaces, and stadiums. Training on how to use an AED is part of your CPR certification.
How long are the certifications good for? We will issue first aid cards with a three year expiration and CPR with a two year expiration. Remember that the agency, employer, or group that required first aid training can specify that training be accomplished before the cards expire.
How are these classes priced? The mission of Colorado First Aid is to provide affordable first aid to the community, businesses, and groups. This is not a fund raising activity or profit center. The fees we charge cover the books and materials for the student with the national registration fee. Our costs include expendable supplies, training aids, and maintenance of our equipment. We bring a lot of equipment…this is not a “lite” class! Each student works on their own CPR dummy and we can handle classes up to 50 folks.
Why do I pay in advance? Materials are purchased for you in advance so it is important that we know how many are attending. It is important to have as many as possible register online to minimize the number of walk in participants, although we can usually accommodate a limited number of walk ins.
Can I get a discount for groups? Sorry, but our pricing is already a “discount” compared to what is generally available on the market. We are a non-profit group.
Does this training qualify for concussion awareness per Colorado SB11-40? Yes. The first aid, advanced, and first responder classes contain information that will provide an official of organized youth sports with concussion awareness and first aid to fulfill the requirements of Colorado Bill SB11-40. This bill became effective in January of 2012. Requirements: (i) information on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion; (ii) the necessity of obtaining proper medical attention for a person suspected of having a concussion; and (iii) information on the nature and risk of concussions, including the danger of continuing to play after sustaining a concussion and the proper method of allowing a youth athlete who has sustained a concussion to return to athletic activity.
Are all national providers accepted in the workplace or medical field? Unfortunately, no. There are some first aid certification agencies, including a few national providers, that are not acceptable to some employers, government agencies, and medical providers. Beware of companies that offer CPR and first aid cards with brief online courses, mail in courses, or classes that only require very short training. When in doubt, check with the employer for required CPR standards and first aid card requirements. The most universally accepted certifications are in alignment with American Heart Association’s ECC guidelines and are OSHA compliant. Not all national providers are compliant with these standards.