BLS Rules is an ASHI CPR & First Aid Training Center

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What is the difference between ASHI and AHA training?

 Several organizations provide certification courses in CPR and First Aid. The most recognized organizations are the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI), and the American Heart Association (AHA). When required to get a CPR certification, you should know that all organizations accept the nationally recognized American Heart Association and American Safety and Health Institute certifications.

What are the difference between ASHI and AHA training?

  •   AHA courses are DVD delivered
  •   ASHI courses are instructor delivered with support from PowerPoint, Videos, and instructor experience. 
  •   AHA certificates are electronic and range in retail price from $3 - $17 per eCard before any markup from a Training Center.
  • ASHI certificates are offered in both “hard card” and eCard and range in price from $6 - $9 per certificate before any markup from a Training Center. 
  • AHA Requires a student to have access to a current workbook before, during, and after a course. Books range from $2.50 - $4 per workbook before any markup from a Training Center.
  • ASHI workbooks come as a digital workbook with completion certificates at no additional cost. 
  • AHA requires adult mannequins to have electronic feedback 
  • ASHI has not yet adopted the electronic requirement on adult mannequins
  • AHA requires an electronic course evaluation be completed to obtain the eCard
  • ASHI requires a course evaluation be completed at the conclusion of the course and turned into the instructor

What are the similarities between ASHI and AHA training?

  • Both teach the 2015 AHA guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
  • Both require students to complete a skills assessment conducted by the instructor based off a standard guideline
  • Both require a written test for BLS Provider classes
  • Both certificates are valid for two (2) years
  • Neither AHA or ASHI set a course cost standard, courses are priced by the Training Center or individual instructor

Who establishes the CPR and first aid standards?

The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) was formed in 1992 to provide a forum for liaison between principal resuscitation organizations worldwide. At present, ILCOR comprises representatives from nine resuscitation-focused organizations. AHA participates and delivers findings and guidelines from this committee. 

The objectives of ILCOR are to:

  • Provide a forum for discussion and for coordination of all aspects of cardiopulmonary and cerebral resuscitation worldwide.
  • Foster scientific research in areas of resuscitation where there is a lack of data or where there is controversy.
  • Disseminate information on training and education in resuscitation.
  • Provide a mechanism for collecting, reviewing and sharing international scientific data on resuscitation.
  • Produce statements on specific issues related to resuscitation that reflect international consensus.

The bottom line

CPR certification can make a world of difference, and many CPR training options are available, including American Heart Association (AHA) and American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) CPR classes. So, if you have the choice between the American Heart Association and the ASHI CPR class, which one should you choose?  The answer lies in what type of training you need.  The American Heart Association dominates the healthcare CPR market so, it is essential you check to see what your organization recognizes as a BLS Provider course. For all other CPR and first aid courses, the American Safety and Health Institute will satisfy the requirements and better yet, will most likely save you money and time.

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BLS Rules

1073 N. Caucus Way, Meridian, ID 83642, US

(208) 789-7405


Monday - Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: Closed