Course FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About American Heart Association Courses

Q.  What is the minimum age to learn CPR?

A.  The AHA does not mandate a minimum age requirement for learning CPR. The ability to perform CPR is based more on body strength than age. Studies have shown that children as young as nine years old can learn and retain CPR skills. Please speak with one of our AHA Instructors if you have concerns.  Call us at 316-775-6688.

Q.  Will I be provided a card when I finish the course?

A.  We will provide you with a card before you leave, but only after you have demonstrated that you are successful at the skills you have been taught. 

Q.  How long is my card valid for?

A.  Your AHA card is valid for 2 years.  After that time is expired you will be required to take another course to renew your certification.

Q.  Will my training cover the requirements under Kansas Administrative Regulation 28-4-114a(b) (Lexi’s Law)?

A.  Yes, and in addition to the AHA card that you receive you will get a certificate that states that you have fulfilled the statutory requirements. 

Q.  Do you offer the AHA course for BLS for Healthcare Providers?

A.  Yes we do and all healthcare organizations in the Wichita Metro area recognize our provider training for this certification.

Q.  I am not a healthcare professional and I need a CPR and AED course for work purposes. Which course should I take?

A.  Heartsaver®CPR AED is probably best for you.  We offer this course in both Adult and pediatric format.  This is the same course that you will take if you are a day care provider.

Q.  What should I wear to class?

A. Our CPR and first aid courses involve hands - on practice sessions, so wear something comfortable that you can move around in. If you have long hair, it is best to wear it back.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Emergency First Response Courses

Q. What is Emergency First Response?
A. Emergency First Response is the fastest-growing international CPR, AED and First Aid training organization, with more than 31,000 instructors world-wide. Emergency First Response Participant courses include Primary Care (CPR), Secondary Care (first aid) and Care for Children courses, as well as a recommended Automated External Defibrillator (AED) component and emergency oxygen use orientation.

Q. Who can take an Emergency First Response provider course?
A. Anyone who is interested in acquiring or updating CPR and first aid skills.

Q. Where can I take an Emergency First Response course?
A. We offer the courses at our shop, or we will come to you.  Call us to discuss your needs at (316) 775-6688.

Q. What do the various Emergency First Response courses include?
A. Each course provides instruction on how to perform specific Emergency patient care skills (CPR and first aid). Please click the links on the left side of your screen under "Courses Offered" to learn more.

Q. How much do classes cost?
A. Course costs are determined by the needs of your organization and the number of attendees.  Call us to develop a package to suit your needs.

Q. What is an AED and why would I want to learn about it?
A. An Automated External Defibrillators (AED) is an easy-to-use portable machine that automatically delivers a shock to a patient who is not breathing and has no heartbeat. In the hands of knowledgeable responders, AED units dramatically increase the survival rate of these patients. Because early intervention is so important for these patients, many businesses, government agencies, recreational facilities and public places are making AEDs readily available for properly trained personnel.

Q. What is the recommended AED training component?
A. The recommended AED component gives participants practical experience in AED use. Ask your instructor about including this training in your course.

Q. What's the difference between the Emergency First Response Primary Care and Secondary Care courses and Emergency First Response Region-specific courses?
A. The Emergency First Response Primary Care and Secondary Care courses meet the needs of anyone who wants to learn CPR and first aid. There are no special restrictions or requirements on teaching Emergency First Response Primary Care and Secondary Care courses to consumers or in the workplace. However, the Emergency First Response Region-specific courses offer a complete and ongoing solution to meeting workplace compliance standards in CPR, AED and First Aid training. While the Region-specific courses include comprehensive instruction in Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid), their primary purpose is to meet regulatory body requirements for workplace safety in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.

Q. How long are the Emergency First Response courses?
A. It varies depending on how your course is conducted. For example, it might be as short as three to four hours for both Primary and Secondary Care courses, if your course incorporates independent study. If the Primary and Secondary Care courses do not incorporate independent study, they could take from five to eight hours. Since the course is performance-based, other factors, such as the number of participants, whether recommended skills are included, the number of mannequins available and how quickly participants master the skills practice sessions will also determine course length. Click on the "Course Lengths" link under "Courses Offered" on the left side of your screen for more information.

Q. What are the required course materials?
A. Emergency First Response courses are supported by a full contingent of educational materials, including:

  • Emergency First Response Participant manual (with independent study section, skill workbook and reference guide). This is used for the Primary Care and Secondary Care courses.
  • Emergency First Response Primary Care and Secondary Care video.
  • Emergency First Response Care for Children Participant manual (with independent study section, skill workbook and reference guide). This is used for the Primary Care and Secondary Care courses for infants and children up to eight years old.
  • Emergency First Response Care for Children Care video.

Q. How often must I renew my skills?
A. Training for the Primary and Secondary Care courses is valid for two years. After successfully completing the course, participants receive a course completion card. Emergency Responders can refresh their skills through a short skills practice session or as part of a regular Emergency First Response class.

Q. How do I get college credit for my Emergency First Response Instructor course?
A. For further information about obtaining US college credit for the Emergency First Response Instructor Course, call + 1 949 858 7231, extension 2430 or 800 729 7234, extension 2430.

Q. How do I get more information about Emergency First Response?
A. Explore this website or contact Amber Waves Diving Company at (316) 775-6688.

Q. What is the contact information for my Emergency First Response office?
A. Please click here to email us for more information.