How to Get Your Printable CPR Certification Card

Printable CPR Certification CardNeed to get certified in CPR for your job or school? American BLS offers online CPR courses with a printable CPR certification card that can be printed or emailed to your employer or supervisor after you pass the course.

Many professions now require some form of CPR training for employees. Workplace safety is more important than ever and in most cases, employers require that you take a course and have proof that you completed the training and passed a certification exam. The online courses offered by American BLS satisfy those requirements with an easy to use, informational and interesting online course.

Online CPR Courses with Printable CPR Card

CPR Certification CardAmerican BLS+ offers a variety of CPR training courses depending on what area of study you require. All courses are offered for Free with the option to purchase the certification after completing the course lessons. All certifications come with a printable certificate.

    • CPR/AED Course

      This online course teaches CPR techniques for Adult, Child and Infant care. The course includes AED training and is offered online.

      $12.95 with promo code CARDONLY. You will not receive a mailed wallet card.
      $18.95 with promo code: RFT453. Includes printable certificate and mailed wallet card.

      Register for the CPR/AED Course

    • BLS/CPR Course

      This online course offers the same curriculum as the CPR/AED course with BLS techniques commonly used by Healthcare Providers

      $12.95 with promo code CARDONLY. You will not receive a mailed wallet card.
      $18.95 with promo code: RFT453. Includes printable certificate and mailed wallet card.

      Register for the BLS/CPR

  • First Aid Course

    The online First Aid Course teaches you how to react in an emergency and covers various emergency situations you might encounter in the workplace.

    $12.95 with promo code CARDONLY. You will not receive a mailed wallet card.
    $18.95 with promo code: RFT453. Includes printable certificate and mailed wallet card.

    Register for the First Aid Course

About American BLS+ Courses

Performing CPR on a DummyOnline CPR training is becoming the standard for employee certification as employees no longer have to travel to a 4 hour course and waste company time or money. Online training is a more efficient and cost effective method of training. American BLS is the leader in online CPR training with state of the art software, knowledgeable staff and excellent tech support.

Online courses at American BLS+ use a combination of text, videos, animations and pictures to teach the curriculum and after you complete the test, you are given a 25 question CPR quiz to test your knowledge. Certification includes 2 year membership with course access and guideline updates. After the course you are offered a printable CPR certification card as well as a printable certificate.

Looking for a discount on a Printable CPR Certification Card?

Use the promo code: CARDONLY

Certification will cost $12.95 and you will receive a printable cpr card only.
If you use this promo code, you will not receive a wallet card mailed to you.

Already have a certification with American BLS?

As long as your certification is still active, you can login to your account at any time and access your printable CPR certification card. Membership is active for 2 years from the date of certification and you can check back anytime to refresh your knowledge or receive guideline updates.

CPR Course Promo Codes

Are you looking for a discount on an online CPR course?
You found the right place. American BLS+ is offering a discount on its online CPR courses. The promo/discount code will give you $2 off each course. That brings the price down to $17.95 for all courses except the CPR & First Aid Combo Course which will be $33.95.

American BLS+ provides online training in CPR, AED, First Aid and Bloodborne Pathogens. Our CPR & First Aid courses are also offered in Spanish. All CPR courses follow the American Heart Association latest guidelines.

The course material is offered for free. Once the student completes the course material he/she may purchase their certification at a discount rate discounted rate using the promo codes below.

Certification includes a course exam with 2 yr access, a printable certificate and a wallet card mailed directly to you.

American BLS+ provides further discounts for groups of 5 or more. If you are interested in getting a group discount, please contact

Promo code for the CPR/AED Course: CPRAED

Promo code for the CPR/BLS Course: CPRBLS

Promo code for the First Aid Course: FAID

Promo code for the CPR & First Aid Combo Course: COMBO

Promo code for the Bloodborne Pathogens Course: BPATH

Promo code for the CPR Course in Spanish: RCP

Promo code for the First Aid Course in Spanish: PAUX

Common Questions People Ask About CPR

Common CPR Questions
CPR can be a scary topic. No matter how much you study lifesaving techniques or take classes, nothing can prepare you for what happens when an emergency actually occurs.

The best thing you can do is be prepared. Here are some of the common CPR questions we answer frequently.

1. Do you perform CPR on someone who is having a seizure?
You should NOT perform CPR (Chest compression’s or Rescue Breaths) on a victim during a seizure. You should help the victim through the seizure by following the steps below.

If after the seizure, the victim becomes unresponsive, then you can perform CPR.

During the seizure, you should follow these steps to make sure the victim passes the seizure safely:

  1. Do not try to stop the person’s movements or restrain the person. Do not place any objects in the person’s mouth.
  2. Prevent injury during a seizure by moving away dangerous objects and putting soft padding such as a jacket under the person’s head. Remove eyeglasses.
  3. Loosen tight clothing around the neck to ease breathing
  4. After the seizure, ensure the victim’s airway remains open with the Recovery Position. Gently turn the person onto one side if vomiting occurs
  5. Call 9-1-1 if the seizure lasts more than 5 minutes; if the person is not known to have epilepsy; if the person recovers very slowly, has trouble breathing or has another seizure; if the person is pregnant; is wearing a medical ID bracelet; or if the person is injured.

If the victim is unresponsive after the seizure, then you can start to perform CPR. Remember to Call 9-1-1.

Woman knocked unconscious needs CPR2. I was told that you should no longer perform rescue breaths (mouth-to-mouth). Is that true?
No, that is not true. You should still perform rescue breaths if you are willing to do so.

Recently, the CPR guidelines changed to include something called “Hands-Only CPR”. Hands-Only CPR is CPR with chest compression’s only and without rescue breaths. This tactic was created because some rescuers might not want to put their mouth on another person’s mouth. Therefore, it is better to do chest compression’s only, instead of doing nothing at all.

If you are trained in CPR and are willing to perform rescue breaths, then you should perform conventional CPR (compressions & rescue breaths) on a victim. If you do not want to put your mouth on the victim’s mouth, perform Hands-Only CPR (Chest Compression’s Only).

Learn more about the importance and procedures of Hands-Only CPR in this article.

3. Do I perform CPR if the victim is choking?
Performing Abdominal thrusts on womanNOT UNLESS THEY BECOME UNRESPONSIVE.

Remember, only perform CPR on a victim that is unresponsive. If they are choking but flailing around and visibly struggling then they are responsive. Perform abdominal thrusts instead. If the person goes unconscious, then start CPR.

Remember to always get consent before performing abdominal thrusts. They should nod or give you their approval before starting. If they can’t respond, approval is assumed and you should start abdominal thrusts immediately.

4. Why should I get involved? I don’t want to get sued or have legal issues if things go wrong.
We understand. Unfortunately, our laws do not always favor the helpful. The best thing you can do is understand the Good Samaritan Laws in your state. Almost every state has laws that protect people who provide emergency care to another. You must remember a few things:

  1. You can’t accept compensation of any kind.
  2. Do not be negligent or reckless.
  3. You must act within the scope of your training. STICK WITH THE GUIDELINES. Always call 9-1-1 first. They will help walk you through the proper procedure.
  4. Do not abandon the person after starting care.

If you follow these rules, than you should be protected by Good Samaritan Laws in your state if your state has them.

You should always understand the laws of the state you are in before providing any emergency care.

5. How Long Should  I Perform CPR For?
You should perform cycles of CPR for as long as you are physically able to or until emergency help arrives. Unless you are a doctor, you will not be able to declare a person dead so you should keep performing cycles of CPR until help arrives. Stay in contact with the 9-1-1 operator and they will provide more information.

Have a question? Email us at and we will answer the question and post it here.

If you are interested in learning more about CPR, please consider taking our FREE CPR Course or the FREE BLS Course. The course material is available at no cost and it will answer all your CPR questions.

What is Hands-Only CPR?

Hands-Only CPRHands-only CPR is CPR without rescue breaths. Instead of performing CPR with a combination of chest compression’s and rescue breaths, you perform chest compression’s only.

Conventional CPR – CPR with chest compression’s and rescue breaths.

Hands-Only CPR – CPR with chest compression’s only.

Why would we perform Hands-Only CPR? Aren’t rescue breaths important?
Conventional CPR with rescue breaths is still recommended. However, there are many instances where a person needs CPR and bystanders are unwilling to put their mouth on the other person’s mouth. Maybe the victim looks sick or is foaming at the mouth. Maybe you just don’t want to lock lips with a stranger.

Whatever the reason is, it is better to do something than do nothing. That is why we perform Hands-Only CPR. Experts have determined that chest compression’s alone can increase the likelihood of survival. It’s also easier to learn and it’s easier for an untrained bystander to perform.

We are not saying that Hands-Only CPR is better than conventional CPR. Conventional CPR is still recommended and is a better solution. However, if you suddenly see a victim collapse in a public place, AT LEAST perform Hands-Only CPR. Doing so will increase the likelihood of the victim’s survival.

Chest Compressions
How to perform Hands-Only CPR on a child (1 year+) or adult.Call 9-1-1 or direct someone to call 9-1-1.

  1. Check for responsiveness. Only perform CPR on an unresponsive victim.
  2. Expose the chest.
  3. Perform chest compression’s
    1. Place the heel of your hand on the center of the chest, midway between the nipples. Place the other hand over the hand touching the chest and interlock the fingers.
    2. Place your shoulders directly over the chest with the arms straight.
    3. Pump the chest continuously.
      1. Adult: 2 inch to 2.4 inch compressions
      2. Child: about 2 inch compressions
    4. Allow the chest to fully recoil, don’t lean on the chest. IT IS IMPORTANT TO FOCUS ON HIGH QUALITY COMPRESSION’S.
  4. Continue until help arrives.

Note: Conventional CPR is still recommended for infants.

If you are trained in conventional CPR and are willing to do rescue breaths, perform conventional CPR with rescue breaths. If not, perform Hands-Only CPR.

If you wish to learn more about conventional CPR and/or Hands-Only CPR, take our FREE CPR Course. The course covers CPR and AED use. For more in-depth information, please take the FREE BLS Course. Certification options are available for both courses after finishing the lessons.

How to Use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

AED on the wall of officeAn automated external defibrillator or AED is a device that is used on a unconscious victim during cardiac arrest to help restart the victim’s heartbeat. When hooked up to a victim, the device analyzes the rhythm of the heart and will deliver an electric shock if necessary.

AED’s are portable devices that can be found in public places such as malls, airports, schools, office buildings, hotels, etc. You should always be aware of the location of the nearest AED. It might save someone’s life.

During cardiac arrest or the loss of heart function, a person can only survive for a couple minutes. When the heart is not beating, blood can’t flow to the brain and/or other vital organs. Cardiac arrest can occur for a number of reasons like arrhythmia (abnormality in the heart rhythm) or heart disease. The AED uses an electric shock to start the heart beating again and is meant to be used during CPR. In most cases, the electric shock should immediately be followed by CPR chest compressions.

AED’s can be used on adults, children, and infants. The placement of the pads is different depending on the age of the victim and the pads will have a diagram letting you know where to put the pads. Age groups are defined as:

  • Infant – Birth to one year old. One pad is placed on the chest and the other on the back with the heart between them.
  • Child – One year old until the age of 8. Pads go on the upper right chest area and lower left side with the heart directly between them.
  • Adult – Older than 8. Pads go on the upper right chest area and lower left side with the heart directly between them.

When to use an AED

AED’s should be used right away when there is an emergency. The quicker you get the defibrillator hooked up to the victim, the higher chance he/she has for survival. While one person is performing CPR, another person should locate the AED. Remember to always call emergency response first.


The first thing you should always do during an emergency is assess the situation and call emergency response. This is 9-1-1 in most places. Once an AED is brough to the scene, it should be used right away.

  • Place the AED by the victim’s shoulder,
  • Position the victim away from contact with metal or water. Make sure the scene is safe; no toxic or flammable fumes, keep the victim away from water (this may come into play if the victim is pulled from a pool or pond, etc.
  • If the victim is wet, dry the chest area.
  • Turn on the AED by pressing the power button (this is usually colored green)

Once the AED is on, the device will instruct you through the process with words. The video below will show the AED process on an adult.

Please not that different brands use different instructions but the general procedure is the same.

The use of an AED as well as the entire CPR process is covered in the FREE CPR/BLS Course offered by American BLS. Create an account and take the free course today and learn how to react during an emergency and save the lives of those around you.

CPR Certification for Teachers

The obligations of teachers are endless. Not only do they have the responsibility of instructing and guiding today’s youth, but they also have the responsibility of keeping them safe in the classroom. Emergencies can happen at any time. That’s why it’s important to always be prepared and be ready to act. Many organizations and municipalities require CPR certification for teachers to guarantee the safety of the students and maintain a safe learning environment. American BLS+ offers online training courses to satisfy your certification requirements while learning important life saving skills.
CPR Certification for Teachers Online

Potential emergencies that might occur in the classroom include:

  • Choking
  • Injuries
  • Allergy Attack
  • Bleeding
  • Broken Bones
  • Concussion
  • And any more.

American BLS+ recommends that all teachers and school employees take the CPR Course and the First Aid Course. Both courses can be taken online. Teachers should always be prepared for the worst and trained to act quickly. By taking a course, teachers are learning the important skills and gaining the peace of mind that they are prepared to handle an emergency and help save lives.

The CPR/AED Course covers Hands-only CPR and rescue breaths, the use of an AED, and how to react quickly to keep the victim alive. The First Aid Course covers general injuries and helps prevent further injury or harm. Both courses are designed to keep the victim safe until until professional medical help arrives. For those that need both, American BLS+ offers a CPR & First Aid Combination Course that covers all the material from both courses.

Need an official CPR certification for your job?

Some states such as Indiana and Virginia require all teachers to be certified in CPR. New bills are being introduced nationwide to make CPR certification for teachers mandatory. For this reason, American BLS+ offers online CPR/BLS certification and online First Aid Certification for teachers along with it’s free courses.

Certification with American BLS+ is easy. After you have finished the Free courses and passed the assessment exams, you are eligible for  certification. CPR Certification for teachers costs $17.00 with the promo code TEACH7 and is valid for 2 years. Certification comes with a wallet card signed by the instructor and mailed within one business day, a paper printout, and a custom URL with your certification information.

Discounts are given to teachers who wish to get certified through American BLS. Just use the promo code: TEACH7 to get a $2.95 discount on CPR certification or First Aid Certification. CPR certification for teachers is very important and should be considered even if it is not mandatory in your district. American BLS+ online certification options make it easy to get your certification and learn the necessary life-saving skills.

Get Your CPR Certification Online

Whether in the workplace or at home, there is always a chance of an emergency when there are people around. There’s no way to predict when someone might collapse from cardiac arrest, stop breathing, or lose consciousness. That’s why everyone should always be prepared to handle an emergency and should make it a point to learn CPR as soon as possible. American BLS offers a Free CPR course as well as options to get your CPR certification online to show your employer that you have correctly mastered the CPR skills necessary to save lives and keep the workplace safe.

Woman Needing CPR

Statistics show that CPR performed by bystanders can double or triple an victim’s chance of survival. However, only 46% of victim’s actually receive CPR during cardiac arrest. This means that less than half of people who are unconscious or not breathing get help from those around them. Most of the time bystanders fail to help because they are unsure of what to do or are scared that they might do something wrong. Many times it is a co-worker or family member who is the victim.

Whether or not you are required to have a CPR certification for your job, it is extremely important that you learn hands-only CPR in the case of an emergency in the workplace or at home. It is important to learn the skills necessary to start someone’s heart beating again and potentially save them from death. Being trained in CPR can mean the difference between someone living and someone dying during an emergency. This is extremely important in the workplace or in any situation where there are a lot of people.

Getting your CPR certification online shows your commitment to learning CPR skills by passing an assessment quiz after you have taken the Free CPR Course and ordering your official certification documents. Some businesses require all their employees to be trained and certified in CPR. This is more common when the employees work with people in potentially dangerous situations like lifeguards, teachers, security officers or healthcare providers. American BLS offers CPR certification online through the website. You can get certified in CPR by  taking the Free CPR/BLS Course, passing the assessment exam, and then ordering your official certification documents. Online CPR certification costs $18.95. However, the CPR course and exam are always free at American BLS.

Everyone reading this  should take the FREE CPR Course offered by American BLS. The course is taken online and should take about 1-2 hours to complete. The course covers CPR techniques for Adults, Infants and Children and also covers the use of an AED. After you take the course you have the choice of getting your CPR certification online. Certification lasts 2 years and comes with an official wallet card, signed by the instructor and mailed directly to you.

Get started right away by filling out the form on this page and selecting “CPR/BLS Course”. After you pass the course and test, you are eligible to receive your CPR certification online.

CPR Guideline Updates 2015

The new Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and emergency care guideline updates for 2015 have been released. The new guidelines emphasis the importance of bystander intervention and adjust some previously defined instructions for chest compressions and rescue breaths. Since 2010, studies have shown that most errors during CPR are a result of incorrect compression rate and depth. Both of these errors may reduce survival rates and the updated 2015 guidelines seek to adjust these inconsistencies while strongly encouraging bystander involvement.

CPR Guidelines 2015As before, the new guidelines emphasize chest compressions. Chest compressions are vital to keep blood flowing through the body and to the brain and are considered more important than rescue breaths since the blood already has oxygen in it. Chest compressions will continue to deliver oxygen to the right places and could save a life. Even someone who has never been trained in CPR at all should immediately start compressions on a victim after calling emergency response (9-1-1).

The new guidelines also emphasize swift action from bystanders and even go so far as to recommend the use of social media to potentially alert nearby trained personnel to help with CPR. Taking action is essential in saving lives. A victims chance for survival decreases by 10% for every minute that Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and/or defibrillation does not occur. Quick reaction from bystanders along with proper training and coordinated efforts can greatly increase the chance for survival from cardiac arrest. It’s estimated that more than 325,000 people experience cardiac arrest each year, and about 90 percent of them die when it occurs out of a hospital.

These updated guidelines hope to bridge that gap and save more lives through quicker acting bystanders and easier, more efficient CPR procedures.

Key updates:

Use of Social Media

Given the low risk of harm and the potential benefit of such notifications, it may be reasonable for communities to incorporate, where available, social media technologies that summon rescuers who are willing and able to perform CPR and are in close proximity to a suspected victim of OHCA. (Class IIb, LOE B-R)
Communities are encouraged to incorporate social media technologies that can quickly summon rescuers who are close to a victim and are willing and able to perform CPR. Using social media outlets such as facebook, twitter, or even phone apps might alert a trained rescuer who is in close proximity of a victim. The social media technology might alert a rescuer who might not have known about the emergency situation otherwise.

Chest Compressions

In adult victims of cardiac arrest, it is reasonable for rescuers to perform chest compressions at a rate of 100/min to 120/min. (Class IIa, LOE C-LD)
Change: In adult victims, it is now recommended for rescuers to perform chest compressions at a rate of 100/min to 120/min.

The old (2015) guidelines called for rescuers to perform chest compressions at a rate of 100 compressions per minute.

Depth of Chest Compressions

Change: In adults, during manual CPR, rescuers should perform chest compressions at a depth of at least 2 inches while avoiding chest compression depths greater than 2.4 inches. Rescuers should also avoid being too shallow with compressions.

The old (2015) guidelines called for rescuers to perform chest compressions at a depth of at least 2 inches without specifying the maximum depth.
The reason for this change is that there is that you might potentially harm the victim if you compress the chest too far. The updated guidelines take that into consideration.

Trained responders should perform steps simultaneously to reduce time to the first chest compression. While the guidelines encourage use of hands-only CPR (CPR without rescue breaths) for untrained responders, they continue to recommend that trained lay responders conduct CPR with breaths.

Remember to always call 9-1-1 first.

Future Updates

Moving forward, authorities will no longer issue updates on a 5 year cycle. Updates will be issued as they are discovered so it’s important to stay informed and constantly renew and review your training.

These CPR updates 2015 updated guidelines are set in place to help save lives. Being prepared and acting quickly is very important during an emergency. We recommend taking the FREE CPR Course offered by American BLS. You will learn the proper way to perform CPR and can learn the skills necessary to save lives.

What Does BLS Stand For?

BLS Stands for Basic Life Support. It is a set of techniques used on a victim to help maintain the victim’s life. When a person’s heart stops beating, the lack of oxygenated blood flowing through the body can cause brain damage in only a few minutes. A person may die within 8 to 10 minutes. If a victim’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped, BLS aims to keep the victim alive by manually pumping blood and oxygen through the victim’s body to the vital organs. This might sound a lot like CPR and it is.