Uncertified CPR & Classes in Berkeley/Oakland

How to protect yourself from Fraudulent CPR Classes

I have noticed a lot of fraudulent CPR and First-aid classes being offered in the Berkeley Oakland area and over the computer. Each week, we have students who come to take a retraining with us, since the certification card they received from their original training course was not accepted at their worksite. This is very frustrating since the students not only have to pay for the course twice, but they must also spend their time taking a course again. Taking a CPR class is fun, but taking a CPR training twice can be annoying. It is your personal responsibility to protect yourself, but I hope this guide will help you in your decision to find an official training course by the American Heart Association.

Online CPR Classes

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Online CPR classes are an internet scam that has been around for a few years. It is not possible to receive a valid CPR certification card over the computer. Since CPR involves skills that must be performed under the watchful eyes of an American Heart Association instructor, online CPR courses are fraudulent. It is possible to find a website where you pay $40-$60 and then immediately print out a card. Does that sound valid? How do you think your supervisor will react when they find out you tried to get a fake CPR certification card? Warn your friends and family about this latest internet scam or better yet, print out this poster below to warn fellow coworkers.

How to spot a fake class
Use terminology like “AHA approved”, AHA compliant”, or “follows AHA guidelines”.
Do not require any type of skills testing. The class is conducted 100% online.
Offer money back guarantee if card is not accepted. (They already know the card is not accepted, but good luck getting your money back.)

Life Time CPR Card
There are even some online CPR training schools who offer a life time CPR certification card. Really? It does sound convenient to pay $199 for an online CPR certification card that will never expire. However, this is a scam. Please take an official American Heart Association or American Red Cross certification class and you will receive a card that is valid for two years. 

Free Online CPR Scam Poster
Download a free CPR Scam Poster to warn your coworkers about this latest internet scheme.

Online CPR Scam Poster

Forget about the Card
Even though there are lots of organizations out there who issue fraudulent CPR cards, let’s get back to the basics of why you need a card. Many people need their certification card as part of their work requirement. But in your work environment, you may one day need to use these skills. This is why it is very important to take an official American Heart Association training course with lots of practice time.

Blended eLearning CPR Classes Are Valid

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The American Heart Association has developed a wonderful blended elearning BLS certification class for the busy healthcare professional. These classes combine an interactive computer based training program with a skills practice and testing with an American Heart Association BLS instructor.

After taking both sessions, the student will receive the official AHA BLS certification card that is valid for two years.

Learn more about Blended eLearning courses by the American Heart Association.

Fraudulent CPR Classes – In the News

CPR Online training

You may have heard about the recent news about fraudulent CPR certification cards being handed out to medical and healthcare professionals in Santa Clara County. Allegedly, a CPR instructor handed out cards to medical professionals even though they did not complete the proper training. The CPR instructor was wrong, but the students who accepted a card without taking a course were also in the wrong.

If someone is in the medical or healthcare field, their job requires them to perform these life-saving skills. How can they perform their job properly without having the correct training. The people who suffer are those who need high quality CPR.

Read more about this story here: Fraudulent CPR Classes in Santa Clara County

EMSA CPR & First-aid Classes for Childcare Providers

 Pediatric First-aid CPR

The state of California requires childcare providers to have 8 hours of CPR and First-aid training once every two years. It is possible to find CPR training companies that offer this course in 6, 4, or even 2 hours. However, if a childcare provider takes one of these shortened courses, their certification card would not be valid and they would have to retake the course.

EMSA has issued a fraud alert, since there have been so many childcare providers that have taken a course that is not valid. They have even included a list on how to choose an approved Pediatric First-aid and CPR program.

View upcoming Pediatric First-aid Classes in the SF Bay Area.


American Heart Association CoursesSafety Training Seminars has been providing high quality CPR and First-aid training courses in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1989. Their American Heart Association License is CA-20784 and their EMSA license is 0204-DC.

Here are a few reasons why people love taking their training with us

Students receive their certification card on the day of the class.
Students can cancel their class anytime. No penalty for canceling.
Students do not pay for the course until the day of their training.
We are a member of the Chamber of Commerce and have A+ Rating with BBB.

Call us if you have any questions: 800-470-9026 and we hope to see you in one of our American Heart Association courses soon.

How to Choose a CPR Company in the Berkeley Oakland Area

There are many different CPR companies to choose from in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento. It is important that you do some research to find the perfect company for your training needs.

Local/Out of State
Would you prefer doing business with a locally owned company or with a company from out of the state or out of the area? Beware of out of state companies since they normally only offer training courses about once per month. It is very common that they cancel classes if there is a low turnout and then you must wait another month for your class.
We are a locally owned business in downtown Berkeley We are a member of the chamber of commerce and the Oakland BBB. 

American Heart Association Training Center
It is always nice dealing directly with an American Heart Association Training Center.
Berkeley CPR Classes is an official TC with the AHA and the license number is CA-20784.

EMSA Training Center for Childcare Providers
EMSA has issued a fraud alert about unauthorized providers of Pediatric CPR and First-aid classes in the Bay Area. If you take a course from an unauthorized provider, you would have to retake the course again.
Our license number with EMSA is 0204-DC. You can view our license here.

Certification Card
Find out when you will receive your certification card. Many people need their CPR certification card for job requirements and need their card right away. When booking a class it is important to know when you will receive the card since some local companies mail out the card which can take 2-3 weeks for you to receive.
We issue the official American Heart Association certification card on the day of the training.

Cancellation Policy
Be sure to read the fine print before you book a CPR or BLS training course in Berkeley. Many Alameda County CPR companies offer no refunds or a $50 cancellation fee if you cancel your class with less than 21 days notice. We offer a convenient way to cancel your class. After you register for a course, you will receive an email confirmation. If you want to cancel your class, click one button and you are immediately removed from the roster.
We offer one click cancellation. You can cancel anytime with no penalty.

Payment Policy
A lot of Alameda County CPR companies ask you to pay immediately by credit card to reserve a seat in class. With their strict cancellation policies, you are locked in to take a class with them and pay cancellation or rescheduling fees.
We do not ask for payment until the day of the training (except for ACLS and PALS classes)

We are now in our 25th year of business.

Customer Service
We have great customer service. We are available by phone during the week and weekends and our staff speaks Spanish too.

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