First Aid and CPR Requirements for the Initial Certification of Michigan Teachers

v      Legislation passed in June 2003, now Section 1531d of the Revised School Code (see below), requires candidates recommended for initial certification after July 1, 2004, complete coursework in First Aid and Adult & Pediatric CPR that includes a test demonstration on a mannequin.

v     Fully online courses are not acceptable; learning First Aid and Adult & Pediatric CPR requires demonstration and practice.

v     Currently approved providers are listed at: Approved Providers of Courses for First Aid and CPR.

v     Candidates must provide the actual card(s) indicating the completion of an approved course to the educator preparation institution. The institution will keep copies of the card(s) with the candidates' academic records.

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 Excerpt from
Act 451 of 1976

380.1531d First aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation; requirements for teacher certification.  

Sec. 1531d.  (1) Beginning July 1, 2004, the superintendent of public instruction shall not issue an initial teaching certificate to a person unless the person presents evidence satisfactory to the superintendent of public instruction that the person meets one of the following:
(a) Has successfully completed a course approved by the department in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, including a test demonstration on a mannequin, and has successfully completed instruction approved by the department in foreign body airway obstruction management, and holds valid certification in these topics issued by the American red cross, American heart association, or a comparable organization or institution approved by the department.

Has physical limitations that make it impracticable for the person to complete the instruction and obtain the required certification under subdivision (a).

(2) A person who meets the requirements described in subsection (1) (a) and who performs first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or foreign body airway obstruction management on another person in the course of his or her employment as a teacher is not liable in a civil action for damages resulting from an act or omission occurring in that performance except an act or omission constituting gross negligence or willful and wanton misconduct.

(3) This section does not create a duty to act on the part of a person who holds the certification described in subsection 1 (a).

Add. 2003, Act 18, Imd. Eff. June 10, 2003

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