The 411 on Credentials

American Heart Association vs. the rest

Here at Emerald Health Services, we adhere to the highest of health care and life support standards.  This is why we only accept life support certifications from the American Heart Association (BCLS, ACLS, PALS).


How can you tell the difference between American Heart Association certifications and those from other companies?  Easy!

  1. American Heart Association certifications will always have the A.H.A. logo and name right on the card.
  2. The class schedules can be found on their website
  3. The instructors are always American Heart Association certified
  4. The classes contain a test (in person or online) and an in person skills test. Any certification that states it can be done solely online is NOT an A.H.A. accredited program.


Examples of American Heart Association cards vs. the imposters

Some companies use the verbiage “follow the guidelines of the American Heart Association” right on their cards, but don’t be fooled!  This does not mean that they are an American Heart Association program.  They may teach CPR, but these cards are not acceptable by most hospitals, and are not accepted by Emerald Health Services.


How can you tell if it is an American Heart Association card?

Real American Heart Association Card:  

AHA Card front


AHA card back


NOT American Heart Association (other company):

BLS Card front



BLS Card back

They are so similar it takes a trained eye to see the difference, but now you too can decipher the real from the not!


How can you ensure that the classes you sign up for are American Heart Association?

The easiest way to make sure you are signing up for the correct classes is to find them directly on the American Heart Association website’s Class Finder
Do you need to get or renew your BCLS card?  Look no further!  Emerald Health Services is proud to offer onsite American Heart Association BCLS classes free of charge to our Emerald nurses!   Classes take place on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 9am – 1pm.  For more information please see our packet below sign up HERE today!


Information Packet