CPR and First Aid Training

Licensing rules require group and family child care homes and child care centers to have at least one caregiver with infant, child and adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid certification on duty at all times.

First aid/CPR training must be received from an organization approved by the department. CPR and first aid training may be completed online. If CPR and first aid training is completed online, an in-person skills test must also be completed for the training to be valid. In-person skills tests must be done face-to-face. They cannot be done via webcam or with a digital mannequin. The in-person skills test must be administered by one of the approved organizations. 

Many of the approved organizations offer several different types of CPR and first aid training (for the general community, the workplace, health care/emergency response professionals). It is recommended that caregivers take workplace CPR and first aid training, if offered. It is not necessary to take the course designed for health care/emergency response professionals.

Note:  The Child Care Organizations Act (1973 PA 116) requires that CPR be updated/renewed every 12 months and that first aid be updated/renewed every 36 months. See the Child Care Center and Home - Letter Series 2012-01 memo for more information on refresher courses for annual CPR training.


Approved CPR/First Aid Training   
Under the authority granted to the department by 1973 PA 116, the following organizations have been approved by the Bureau of Children and Adult Licensing to provide adult, infant, and child CPR and/or first aid training to child care providers and caregivers.
Updated: 09/04/14

Cards from the following organizations may be accepted if the training is age-appropriate:  

American CPR Training 
CPR & First Aid

American Heart Association
CPR & First Aid  

Child Training Solutions  

American Red Cross 
CPR & First Aid 

American Safety and Health Institute 
CPR & First Aid
For local centers - (800) 246-5101 

American Trauma Event Management
CPR & First Aid
(800) 767-0050 

Cardio Pulmonary Resource Center, Inc.
CPR & First Aid
(517) 543-9180
(800) 900-2772 

Emergency Care and Safety Institute 
CPR & First Aid

Emergency First Response Corp.
EFR Primary Care (CPR), EFR Secondary Care (First Aid), and EFR Care for Children
(800) 337-1864
Note: Child care providers must take applicable parts of the EFR Care for Children course when taking first aid and CPR training. If providers are taking both CPR and First Aid training at the same time, all three courses (EFR Primary, EFR Secondary Care & EFR Care for Children) must be taken.   

EMS Safety Services, Inc.
CPR & First Aid
(800) 215-9555

CPR & First Aid

Medic First Aid 
CPR & First Aid
(800) 800-7099 

National Safety Council 
CPR & First Aid 

ProTrainings, LLC
Child care providers must take the course ProFirst Aid Certification. 
(888) 406-7487



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