Need To Claim Your AHA Continuing Education Credits?

The AHA offers continuing medical education (CME) or continuing education (CE) credits for some of its CPR and ECC courses, and CME/CE may also be offered for live events. Whether you have completed a CPR & First Aid training course in-person or online, or if you have attended an AHA event for which there are credits available, use the information below to claim and obtain your CME/CE certificate.

Currently, AHA CE/CME is available for the following courses.

Instructor-Led Courses

  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) – for EMS Students
  • ACLS for Experienced Providers (ACLS EP) – for EMS Students
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) – for EMS Students
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) – for EMS Students
  • Pediatric Advanced Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS®) – for EMS Students

Blended Learning Courses

  • HeartCode® BLS
  • HeartCode ACLS
  • HeartCode PALS
  • Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED Online
  • Heartsaver CPR AED Online
  • Heartsaver First Aid Online
  • Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED Online

eLearning Courses

  • Heartsaver Bloodborne Pathogens Online
  • Achieving Accuracy: BP Measurement

What kind of course or event did you attend?

I took an AHA course online.

  1. Login to opens in new window)(link opens in new window)(link opens in new window).
  2. Once logged in, on the upper right of your screen, select your name drop-down and select ‘Classes'.
  3. Once on the My Courses page, select the “Completed Courses” tab, and look under the “CME/CE Credits” column. Note: To claim CME/CE, you need to have fully completed the online portion of the course, including the evaluation. Once completed, the course will appear in “Completed Courses.”
  4. Follow the steps to download or complete information to claim your CME/CE credit.

I am an EMS Student and attended an AHA class in person.

  1. Log into using the email address that was used to issue your AHA eCard
    NOTE: You will need to register if you haven’t already
  2. Select Proof of Completion from your Atlas dashboard
  3. View/access your eCard
    NOTE: If you don’t see your eCard, contact the Training Center or Instructor who conducted your class. If needed, search for your Training Center here(link opens in new window).
  4. Access the link to Claim CE
    NOTE: It can take up to 24 hours after the eCard was issued for this to appear
  5. Complete and submit the form. This action sends the information to the accrediting board.

I attended an AHA event in person.

I attended a ECC Regional Conference

If you attended a live ECC event or session for which Physician, Nursing, or EMS Continuing Education credits are available, you are strongly encouraged to claim your CME/CE credit within 30 days of the conference. To do so, follow the instructions below:

1. Access
2. Select Course Catalog.
3. Register for an activity.
a. Utilize the search fields in the upper right-hand corner.
1. Select the activity type (All, Live, or Online).
2. Enter a partial activity name or keyword.
3. Enter the activity location address, city, or zip for live activities.
4. Select the magnifying glass icon.
5. Select Register for the selected activity.
b. Select Register.
c. Enter your Username and Password, and select Sign In.
1. If you do not remember your Username or Password, select the Forgot password? link.
2. If you are not a registered user, select Create an account to enter your account information and receive your Username and Password.
d. You may be prompted to enter additional registration information.
e. Enter the access code provided at the end of the session in the Access Code field.
f. Select Submit to complete the enrollment.
4. Once enrolled, the activity completion pathway automatically displays.
5. Review the Activity Overview tab, scroll to bottom and select Continue.
a. You may be required to check a confirmation box that you have read the information.
6. Select the Launch button to complete an evaluation on the course. This step is required to claim credit. Once complete, select Continue.
7. Claim your credit by selecting the Claim button for the appropriate accreditation.
a. You may qualify for more than one credit type based on your user profile.
b. ACCME and ANCC allow you to claim up to a maximum amount of credit commensurate with the extent of your participation in the activity.
8. Select Continue to generate your certificate.
9. Select the certificate link to print or save it.
10. Select Close. The activity is stored under Completed Activities.

I attended a different event through AHA for which Continuing Education credit is available:
If you are looking for Continuing Education credits from a non-ECC event, please visit the Lifelong Learning site and visit the calendar of events for information on the event you attended.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why don't you offer continuing education (CE) credits for my profession?

A: The American Heart Association is not an accrediting agency. We are only authorized to offer the CE credits listed for the course. Please contact your accrediting body to see if they will accept/award CE credits for this or any other AHA course you complete successfully. The authority comes from accrediting bodies. For example, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) approves many of our courses for CE credits for nurses. In the same way, other accrediting bodies may award credits for this or any other AHA course. Your HR department may also be able to help you identify sources for CE credits.

Q: Why don't you offer CEs for an instructor-led (classroom) course when you offer them for the same course online? (e.g. BLS/ACLS)

A: The American Heart Association is not an accrediting agency. We are only authorized to offer the CE credits listed for the course. Please contact your accrediting body to see if they will accept/award CE credits for this or any other AHA course you complete successfully. You can also check with your AHA Instructor or Training Center.


  • CE - Continuing Education
  • CEUs - Continuing Education Units
  • CEHs - Continuing Education Hours
  • CMEs - Continuing Medical Education
  • CNE - Continuing Nurses Education