First Aid/CPR Recognized Certifications

Updated January 2019

The following charts include certifications that are recognized by ACA to meet specified ACA standards, based on recommendations from the certifying bodies. A camp should also verify what certifications are recognized within the state where the camp is located. This list will be updated when changes are made. To determine whether courses or certifications not listed meet requirements, contact the standards department at the ACA administrative office.

At this time, the American Camp Association requires that any aquatic, first aid, or CPR certification must include, at minimum, 50% of course time in-person, for in-person instruction, hands-on practice, and skills assessment under the direct supervision of a certified instructor from a certifying organization listed below. It is acceptable to have a portion of the course completed online (course readings, etc) prior to the in-person portion of the course.

It is important the camp personnel verify the courses camp staff are completing both are recognized by ACA, the state (when applicable), and are appropriate for the camp's program and operation.

HW.2.1/ST.3.1  When access to the EMS is 30 minutes or less, the standard requires certification by a nationally recognized provider of training in first aid and CPR.
Standard, Community, or Basic First Aid with age-appropriate CPR from any of the following organizations may be used to meet the standard.

HW.2.1/ST.3.1  First Aid and Emergency Care Personnel (*PA.5/*ST.7, PA.23/*ST.7, PD.17/*ST.7)

Organization

Certification

A-B-CPR Basic First Aid and CPR
AERIE Backcountry Wilderness First Responder
Allens Training Specialist (Australia) Provide First Aid (must include in-person practical portion)
AmeriMed CPR Training CPR/AED, Basic First Aid
Delta Defense  Emergency First Aid Fundamentals

Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI)

Standard First Aid/CPR/AED, Wilderness First Aid Basic/CPR/AED
American Lifeguard and Safety Training CPR/AED, Advanced First Aid
American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED
American Heart Association Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED, Heartsaver CPR,  Heartsaver AED (CPR/AED), or BLS for Healthcare Providers
American Safety and Health Institute Basic First Aid/CPR
British Red Cross First Aid at Work
Canadian Red Cross Standard First Aid, CPR/AED
CBD College (Australia): Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Provide Basic Emergency Life Support (First Aid), Provide First Aid (First Aid)
Emergency First Aid (Australia) Provide First Aid Level 2 (must include in-person practical portion)
Divers Alert Network (DAN) BLS: CPR & First Aid; CPR: HCP. DFA Pro(CPR and First Aid)
Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (First Aid and CPR)
EMS Safety Services  CPR/AED and First Aid for Community Rescuers OR CPR/AED and First Aid for Childcare Providers
Irish Red Cross Practical First Aid
Medic First Aid International PediatricPlus CPR, AED and First Aid for Children, Infants and Adults (camps serving all ages)
National Lifesaving and Aquatics First Aid/CPR/AED
National Safety Council First Aid, CPR and AED
Pro-Trainings ProFirst Aid Advanced, ProCPR, ProFirst Aid, Community CPR, ProFirstAid Basic (Courses must be taught via Classroom Delivery)
Royal Lifesaving Society UK IQL Level 3 Pediatric First Aid
St. John's Ambulance (Canada, Australia) Emergency First Aid/CPR, Basic Life Support, or Emergency First Aid for Childcarers
St. John's Ambulance (NZ) Pre-Hospital Emergency Care (PHEC)
Sierra Rescue Wilderness First Aid/CPR 8 Hour course
Organizations and Courses listed below in HW 2.2/ST.3.2 Or courses listed as meeting HW.2.2/ST.3.2

 

HW.2.2/ST.3.2 
When access to EMS is more than 30 minutes,  the standard requires certification from a nationally-recognized provider of training in wilderness first aid and CPR. (A higher level of training will also meet this standard.)
(Minimum 16-hour course)
Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, Responding to Emergencies,or Wilderness EMT from any of the following organizations: (with age appropriate CPR from organizations listed in above for HW.2.1/ST.3.1):

HW.2.2/ST.3.2  First Aid & Emergency Care Personnel

Organization

Certification

Aerie Medicine Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder
American Red Cross 

 

 Wilderness and Remote First Aid

American Safety & Health Institute Wilderness First Aid (16 - hour course)
AmeriMed CPR Training Wilderness First Aid
Canadian Red Cross Wilderness and Remote First Aid and Advanced Wilderness and Remote First Aid.
Center for Wilderness Safety Wilderness First Aid
Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI) American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: Wilderness First Aid Standard, Wilderness First Aid ADVANCED Level Course
International Wilderness Medicine Educators: Wilderness First Aid
Longleaf Wilderness Medicine Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder
Med Training Group LLC Wilderness First Aid
National Search and Rescue (NASAR) Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder
National Safety Council NSC Advanced First Aid
National Ski Patrol  Outdoor Emergency Care
NOLS Wilderness Medicine Wildnerness First Aid, Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, and Wilderness EMT
Remote Medical International Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder
Sierra Rescue Wilderness First Responder-River Rescue Course, Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness First Aid-3 day, Wilderness First Aid - 2 day
SOLO Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, CPR
St. John's Ambulance (Canada, Australia) Wilderness First Aid
The Mountaineers Mountaineering Oriented First Aid
University of Colorado Department of Emergency Medicine Wilderness First Aid
University of New Mexico International Mountain Medicine Center Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness EMT
Wilderness Medical Associates Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness EMT
Wilderness Medicine of Utah Wilderness First Aid
Wilderness Medical Training Center Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, and Wilderness EMT
Wilderness Medicine Outfitters

Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder

(Distance Learning Course does not qualify)

Wilderness Safety Council Wilderness First Aid

*Generally, requirements for First Aid or CPR certification in other standards (e.g. PD.17/ST.7) may be met with any of the courses listed above.