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Certification Maintenance Requirements

Emergency Cardiac Care Certification Fee Continuing Education
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Emergency Cardiac Care
ATs must be able to demonstrate ongoing certification in Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) throughout the reporting period. CEUs are not awarded for maintaining ECC. Documentation must be kept for 2 years after expiration. The only acceptable documents are original certification cards, original certificates of completion or photocopies (front and back) of certification cards or certificates of completion. The instructor and card holder must sign cards or certifications of completion if a QR code is not provided. Letters provided by instructors are not acceptable.

Although CEUs are no longer awarded for emergency cardiac care (ECC) certification, ATs need to be current with the ECC requirements throughout the reporting period. ECC certification must include all of the following: ilcor_logo.gif
  • ECC must include all of the following:
    • Adult CPR
    • Pediatric CPR
    • Second rescuer CPR
    • AED
    • Airway obstruction
    • Barrier devices (e.g., pocket mask, bag valve mask)
  • Full details of this category are located in the Certification Maintenance Requirements starting on page 3.

ECC Providers
Acceptable ECC providers are those adhering to the most current International Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiac Care. Please check with your ECC provider to Be Certain.™ any course you take includes all of the above components.

Common courses that meet these requirements are:

Provider Name Course Title
American Heart Association ACLS
American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provider / BLS Provider
American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer
American Red Cross Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers
American Safety and Health Institute CPR for Professionals
Emergency Care and Safety Institute Health Care Provider CPR
National Safety Council Basic Life Support for Health Care and Professional Rescuers
Canadian Red Cross First Responder CPR/AED HCP Level
Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) Cardiac First Responder - Community level
Cardiac First Responder - Advanced level

* Online ECC courses are only acceptable IF skills are demonstrated and tested in person by a qualified instructor. ACLS Certification Institute’s Advanced Cardiac Life Support is an example of an online ECC course that does NOT meet this requirement because it lacks the live component.

Note Regarding Instructor Cards: The BOC accepts the American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provider Instructor or American Heart Association BLS Instructor card. All other instructor cards are unacceptable unless the provider can confirm, in writing, that their instructors are required to maintain and successfully demonstrate provider skills to renew their instructor status.

Online ECC Courses
Online ECC courses are only acceptable IF skills are demonstrated and tested in person by a qualified instructor. The in-person test can include video technology. Examples of acceptable blended programs include:
  • AHA HeartCode® - students must attend a structured hands-on session with an AHA Instructor
  • ProTrainings LLC’s ProCPR – students must select the blended/hands-on option that requires a live instructor-led video conference

ACLS Certification Institute’s Advanced Cardiac Life Support is an example of an online ECC course that does NOT meet this requirement because it does not require skills to be demonstrated and tested.

Visit the ECC tab on the FAQs page for more information on online ECC courses.

ECC Contacts for ATs Outside the US:
Australian Red Cross
155 Pelham Street
3053 Carlton VIC
Phone: (61) (3) 93451800
Fax: (61) (3) 93482513
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Web: http://www.redcross.org.au/

Canadian Red Cross
170 Metcalfe Street
Suite 300
Ottawa - Ontario K2P 2P2
Phone: (1) (613) 7401900
Fax: (1) (613) 7401911
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Web: http://www.redcross.ca/

German Red Cross
Generalsekretariat
Carstennstrasse 58
D - 12205 Berlin
Phone: (49) (30) 85404-0
Fax: (49) (30) 85404470
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Web: http://www.drk.de/

Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) - Ireland
Abbey Moat House
Abbey Street
Naas, Co Kildare, W91 NN9V
Ireland
Phone - (045) 882070
Email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web - www.phecc.ie

Japanese Red Cross
1-3 Shiba Daimon
1-Chome
Minato-ku
Tokyo 105-8521
Phone: (81) (3) 34377087
Fax: (81) (3) 34358509
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Web: www.jrc.or.jp

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