First Aid/CPR Recognized Certifications

Updated March 2016

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.

HW.2.1 When access to the EMS is 30 minutes or less, 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:

HW.2.1 

First Aid and Emergency Care Personnel
Organization Certification
A-B-CPR Basic First Aid and CPR
Allens Training Specialist (Australia) Provide First Aid (must include in-person practical portion)
Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI) American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons  (Wilderness First Aid Basic, CPR and AED)
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
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
St. John's Ambulance (Canada, Australia) Emergency First Aid/CPR, Basic Life Support, or Emergency First Aid for Childcarers
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)
Sierra Rescue WFA/CPR 8 Hour course
Organizations and Courses listed below  in HW 2.2 Or courses listed as meeting HW.2.2

 

HW.2.2 for the 2012 Standards
When access to EMS is more than 30 minutes, 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):

HW.2.2 First Aid & Emergency Care Personnel
Organization Certification
American Red Cross 

 

 Wilderness and Remote First Aid

 

American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI)

Wilderness First Aid
Canadian Red Cross Wilderness and Remote First Aid and Advanced Wilderness and Remote 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 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 WFR-RRC, WFR, WFA-3 day, WFA - 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 WFA, WFR, WEMT
Wilderness Medical Associates WFA, WAFA, WFR, WEMT
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) may be met with any of the courses listed above.