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.
- 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
- Heartsaver Bloodborne Pathogens Online
- Achieving Accuracy: BP Measurement
What kind of course or event did you attend?
I took an AHA course online.
If you completed your AHA course online, you can claim your CME/CE credits on the site where you completed the course. CE credits can only be claimed once all components of the online course are complete.
- Login to eLearning.Heart.org(link opens in new window)(link opens in new window)(link opens in new window).
- Once logged in, on the upper right of your screen, select your name drop-down and select ‘Classes'.
- 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.”
- Follow the steps to download or complete information to claim your CME/CE credit.
I attended an AHA class in person.
It is the responsibility of the AHA Training Center (the location where you received your CPR training) to submit the student roster for CME/CE credits to the accrediting body.
- Before reaching out to your Training Center, first try to run a few searches in your email inbox to make sure you didn’t overlook the email with the link to claim your CME/CE credits. Search and make sure you don’t have any emails from [email protected]. If you did receive the email, click on the link inside the email body to claim your CME/CE. This link will take you to a form that must be filled out with all the requested information. Once submitted, you will be able to obtain your course completion and CE certificate.
- If you cannot locate an email with that email address, reach out to your Training Center to ensure they have submitted your student information and have sent an email to claim CME/CE credits. Can’t remember your Training Center’s information? See Tips Below.
- Ask a coworker or friend who took the class with you. The Training Center’s information can be found on the back of his or her card.
- If your school or employer made the arrangements for the class, he or she should have the Training Center’s contact information.
- Do you have a student manual/workbook from the class? It may have a label on it that includes the Training Center’s name.
- Visit our Find a Course tool to search for the name of Training Centers in the same area where you took the class.
- If you are unable to get a response from your Training Center, you can file a complaint by emailing [email protected], and include the Training Center’s name, the Instructor’s first and last name the city and state, as well as the details of your request.
Need to search for an Instructor or Training Center? Visit our Instructor & TC Search Tool
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 http://learn.heart.org.
2. Select Course Catalog.
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.
c. Enter your Username and Password, and select Sign In.
2. If you are not a registered user, select Create an account to enter your account information and receive your Username and Password.
e. Enter the access code provided at the end of the session in the Access Code field.
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