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Friends & Family

This course teaches lay-rescuer skills in CPR; AED use; and relief of choking in adults, children, and infants. The course uses the research-proven practice-while-watching format, and can be taught by American Heart Association Instructors. 

Family & Friends CPR is ideal for:

  • volunteers, parent-teacher organizations, or neighborhood or condo associations

  • workplace wellness programs

  • gyms and fitness centers

Family & Friends CPR is intended for members of the general public who would like to learn basic CPR, including:

  • families with children or elderly relatives

  • college-dorm resident assistants

  • athletes or wilderness explorers

  • members of volunteer organizations

  • residents of rural areas or locations prone to natural disasters

This course is noncredentialed -- no course card will be awarded upon completion. Anyone required by his or her employer or wishing to be credentialed as a lay responder should take a Heartsaver® course.


The AHA’s Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED course trains participants to provide first aid, CPR, and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) in a safe, timely, and effective manner. Reflects science and education from the American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC).

Includes: Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED, Heartsaver CPR/AED, Heatsaver First Aid, Heartsaver Pediatric and Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR/AED


Who should take this course?

The AHA’s Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Course is designed for anyone with little or no medical training who needs a course completion card for their job, regulatory (e.g., OSHA), or other requirements, or anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting.


What does this course teach?

  • First aid basics

  • Medical emergencies

  • Injury emergencies

  • Environmental emergencies

  • Preventing illness and injury

  • Adult CPR and AED use

  • Opioid-associated life-threatening emergencies

  • Optional modules in Child CPR AED and Infant CPR

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