There are many organizations that offer training and certification in CPR, AED and First Aid. While there are differences between each organization’s classes, all legitimate training organizations (including the American Red Cross, the National Safety Council, etc.) base their curriculum on the very same research and findings: “2020 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care” (a.k.a. 2020 AHA Guidelines for CPR & ECC).

So, although the various organizations’ classes look different in how the information is presented, and they’re all based on American Heart Association guidelines, the classes are more alike than they are different. To decide which organization’s certification to get, one factor is what your (potential) employer requires, or what your (potential) school program requires. In some cases, they are very specific as to which certification they require. In other cases, they’re not at all specific. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to check with them first, before signing up for a class.

While we at CPR-Twin Cities are happy to give you our opinion as to which certification is best for your vocation or education, the final word must come from those who set the requirements for your job or school.