What are the differences?
The AHA offers two different CPR classes that target different professions or types of responders.
HeartSaver is a family of classes that include CPR/AED, First Aid, and Bloodborne Pathogens.
The AHA HeartSaver courses are formatted for individuals working in a non-healthcare field who may be required to have a certification for their job.
BLS stands for Basic Life Support which covers CPR/AED with advanced techniques for team rescuers.
AHA BLS is targeted towards licensed healthcare professionals and healthcare students who are required by their state licensing board or employer to have a CPR certification.
BLS Instructors are given the highest training of a CPR Instructor. As a BLS Instructor, an individual can teach all classes which include: