Frequently Asked Questions - American Heart Association Certification

What is the cost for the certification course?

Heartsaver CPR/AED (3-4 hours)  - $35
Heartsaver First Aid (2-3 hours) - $10
Healthcare Provider (3-4 hours) - $35

Registration fee is payable in either cash or check payable to Silver Spring Ambulance & Rescue Association.   For cash payment, exact change is required.  Receipts are available by request.   For groups, invoices are available by request.  

American Heart Association Fees Disclaimer-
Use of American Heart Association materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the 
American Heart Association. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA 
course materials, do not represent income to the Association.
Lower Allen Township EMS Training Center is a designated Training Center in the 
AHA's Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) Training Network.  Silver Spring Ambulance & Rescue Association is affiliated with the Lower Allen Township EMS Training Center.

Which course should I attend?
The Heartsaver program is for the majority of the community.  Ideal for parents, teachers, coaches, babysitters, church groups, Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts, and for the workplace.
The Healthcare Provider program is for healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses, EMT/Paramedics, first responders, and lifeguards.
Will Silver Spring Ambulance instruct courses on-site?
We have a training room available at our station in New Kingstown that is able to house all of our courses.   We encourage visiting our station for a tour and to learn more about your community ambulance service.
We will travel to your group's meeting place upon request.   Also upon request and availability, we will bring an ambulance for a tour.
How do I schedule a course?
If you are interested in obtaining a CPR/AED certification or wish to setup a class for a group, contact our training chairman.
What is included in the registration fee?
The registration fee covers all course materials, a participant textbook, CPR mask, and certification card.   
How long does the certification last?
American Heart Association certifications expire after two (2) years. Silver Spring Ambulance does offer re-certification courses.
Is there a minimum age to become certified?
While there is not a minimum age outlined by American Heart Association policy,  all participants must be able to satisfactorily complete a practical and written skills evaluation.   We recommend the Heartsaver program for ages 12+.   Contact us for age appropriate programs for younger children.
Is there a minimum or maximum number of participants?
We request groups of 6-12 participants per course.   We are very flexible and able to meet the needs of your group.   If you are an individual wishing to attend a certification course, contact us and we will ensure you are informed of upcoming courses.
How long after course completion do I receive a certification card?
Course rosters are submitted to our training center within one week of the course completion.   Cards can be picked up at our station 2-4 weeks when they are received from our training center, if indicated upon course completion.   All other cards will be delivered by mail and can be expected within 2-6 weeks.   If certification cards are not received within these periods, please contact our CPR Program Coordinator.

How do I raise Questions or Concerns?
Jonah Harmon, CPR Program Coordinator

- Course registration
- Group registration and coordination
- Primary contact for additional questions not available in the FAQ section of our website.

Justin Eberly, AHA Training Center Faculty

- Serve as quality assurance and educational leadership for the training center  
- Conduct instructor courses and monitor, update, and coach instructors
- Ensure that the training center is capable of conducting quality instructor courses, course monitoring, and instructor updates within the training center

Marie Calaman, AHA Training Center Coordinator - Lower Allen Township EMS Training Center
Contact information available upon request.

- Primary contact for regional American Heart Association
- Supervise AHA Training Center Faculty