A Public Service announcement from the Health & Safety Institute and the National Safety Council
They’re everywhere on the Internet: seemingly legitimate organizations offering “instant” CPR or first aid certification for busy people who are required to hold current certification. And it often says right on those websites that online-only CPR or first aid certification is “nationally accepted“. It is not. No major nationally recognized training program in the United States endorses certification without practice and evaluation of hands-on skills. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) online training alone does not meet OSHA first aid and CPR training requirements
Blended Learning Is Not Online-Only Learning
Blended learning is a training delivery model that combines online course content with in-person, hands-on skills evaluation. Online-only training features no hands-on component.
A digital certification card is a PDF or other electronic version of the card you earned in your training class. In a legitimate training course (whether classroom or blended), you will be issued your certification card (whether print or digital) only after demonstrating your understanding of course content and successful, hands-on performance of the techniques covered in the course.
File a Complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
When consumers see or hear an advertisement, whether it’s on the Internet, radio or television, or anywhere else, federal law says that ad must be truthful, not misleading, and, when appropriate, backed by scientific evidence. The Federal Trade Commission enforces these truth-in-advertising laws, and it applies the same standards no matter where an ad appears. Complaints help the FTC and other law enforcement agencies bring scam artists to justice and put an end to unfair and misleading business practices.
If you have a complaint, file it online at www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov or call 1-877-FTC-HELP.