Is Online CPR Certification Okay In Georgia?

by | Sep 4, 2023

In short, the answer is “Yes, blended training meets the requirements for those in Georgia”, but there are a few things to note. To meet the requirements for most jobs, including childcare and elder care professionals, it must be a blended training. Blended training means that there is an online instruction potion AND a hands on portion with an instructor. The online portion can be either at your own pace or live via a web conferencing software like Zoom.

As a safety training provider for over 23 years, we are well aware of the requirements for each industry we serve and would never provide a course that isn’t suited for their industry. 

According to Bright From the Start, who sets the training requirements for all childcare providers in Georgia, “Online-only CPR training and adult-only training do not meet this rule requirement. “Blended” training (online study plus hands-on skill practice and assessment) is acceptable.” Meaning the online study can be done in many formats, but the final component has to be a hands-on skill assessment.

The same goes for Senior Care facilities. The Georgia Department of Community Health requires “current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation where the training course required return demonstration of competency.” Return demonstration is an educational technique in which an employee demonstrates what they have just been taught or had demonstrated to them. In other words, staff must be able to demonstrate the skills they have been taught.

All of our online CPR classes include a hands-on skill assessment. Which we call Skills Checks. We host these across Georgia and South Carolina.

Our Online CPR and First Aid Options

We offer two types of online CPR and First Aid classes in addition to our onsite training options. Our Live Learning classes are done live with an instructor via a Zoom call with other participants. We also offer an online blended CPR, First Aid, and AED class that allows you to take the instruction portion at your own pace. 

We also offer Online Fire Safety that meets the guidelines of the Georgia Fire Marshal’s office and Bright From the Start. Learn about our Fire Safety training options here. Since Fire Safety doesn’t require a hands-on component it can be done internally online. 

What About Online CPR in South Carolina? 

South Carolina Child Care Early Care and Education requirements for child care professionals state “all staff are required to complete Pediatric First Aid, CPR, and AED training. The training must be provided by a recognized health professional and include a hands-on component. Pediatric First Aid, CPR, and AED training cannot be taken online.” 

This means the instruction can be done online as long as there is a “hands-on component.” Since AED is a requirement for Child Care in South Carolina, you must take our self-paced blended training that includes AED over our just CPR and First Aid option. 

For a Senior Care facility in South Carolina, just online CPR and First Aid Training meet the requirements of the DHEC as long as there is a hands-on portion as well. 
In South Carolina, you must also have blood-borne pathogens training. Which we offer both in-person and online. The online course for blood-borne is completely online without a need for an in person skills check.

About First Response

First Response provides CPR, First Aid, and Fire Safety training to clients across Georgia and South Carolina for over 23 years. We believe training should be relevant, informative, and fun! Feedback from our clients consistently shows that they not only enjoy our classes, they learn something new–even for folks that have taken the class many times before.

Contact us to book a class for your facility, or sign up for a class here.

About the Author

<a href="https://www.firstresponsecpr.com/blog/author/mattenser/" target="_self">Matt Enser</a>

Matt Enser

CPR, First Aid, and Fire Safety Instructor

Matt has taught CPR, First Aid, and Fire Safety courses for First Response since December 2018. He also coordinates much of the digital marketing and creative tasks. Outside of First Response, he can be found getting up in the mountains as well as serving in the local church.

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