Emergency First Response Courses

Creating Confidence to Care

Emergency First Response is one of the fastest-growing international CPR, AED, and first aid training organizations. With more than 56,000 instructors worldwide, Emergency First Response is backed by 48 years of experience in the development and delivery of instructional courses, training materials, and educational curricula.

Emergency First Response courses have widespread international acceptance.

Every day, in more than 175 countries around the world, Emergency First Response Instructors help communities prepare for disaster by training community members to respond to medical emergencies when emergency services are delayed or unavailable.

Emergency First Response courses follow the emergency considerations and protocols as developed by the members of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR). Members include American Heart Association (AHA), European Resuscitation Council (ERC), Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC), New Zealand Resuscitation Council (NZRC), Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC), Resuscitation Council of Southern Africa (RCSA), Inter American Heart Foundation (IAHF), Resuscitation Council of Asia (RCA – current members include Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan).

Focused on training the lay rescuer, the Emergency First Response approach to training builds confidence in lay rescuers and increases their willingness to respond when faced with a medical emergency by teaching them the skills they need in a non-stressful learning environment. Participants are also given as much practice as necessary to master and retain these skills.

Why choose CPR Training On Site’s EFR Courses over competitors? 

The Emergency First Response courses offer a flexible delivery method to meet your individual requirements. Participants master required skills and knowledge through a combination of independent study, instructor-led skill development and scenario practice sessions. Instructors can also add relevant information to meet specific workplace or local training requirements.

With today’s fast-paced lifestyle, people find they not only enjoy studying on their own time, but tend to learn and remember more. Educational studies consistently show that independent study leads to better assimilation and retention of the information.

The benefits of the Emergency First Response independent study learning method include:

Better participant preparation

Independent study accommodates individual learning styles and allows participants to learn at their own pace. This leads to better preparation before skill development, particularly when participants watch the video and see role-model skill demonstrations.

More effective use of time

Participants arrive prepared for hands-on training, which makes in-class time much shorter to accommodate your busy schedules. Independent study allows the instructor to focus on skill development and scenario practice during face-to-face time with participants. Because EFR uses a unique delivery method our classes take about 1/2 the time as the  traditional courses saving you time and added expenses.

Focused face-to-face time

Since independent study reduces the amount of time an instructor must spend covering general background knowledge, more time can be spent on skill development to meet specific workplace requirements. The face-to-face time is focused to fill in any knowledge gaps and to provide information relevant to local regulations.

Other Delivery Methods

Though Emergency First Response courses and materials lend themselves well to independent study and the classroom time savings benefits this brings, there are other teaching formats your instructor may use. In some cases, live delivery of the theory components (as well as the practical sessions) is preferable. You and your instructor will determine which method is best for you.


Accrediting Organizations

Emergency First Response courses have been approved or meet the following organizations’ guidelines for CPR/First Aid training:

North, South and Central America

  • Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)
  • Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
  • American Camp Association.
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE)
  • Board of Massage Therapy State of Hawaii
  • Boise Idaho Child Care Training Network
  • Cal/OSHA
  • California Board of Chiropractic Examiners
  • California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Federal OSHA Guideline 29 CFR 1910.151.
  • Girl Scouts USA
  • Illinois Department Of Public Health
  • Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS)
  • Michigan DHS, Bureau of Children and Adult Licensing.
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA)
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • North Carolina DHHS Division of Child Development
  • Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), New Mexico
  • Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), Puerto Rico
  • Ohio Job and Family Services
  • State of New York Department of Health PAD training
  • State of Washington Dept of Labor & Industries Accreditation
  • United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA)
  • United States Coast Guard (USCG) for a merchant mariner license
  • United States OSHA Region 10 – includes federal jurisdiction for Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Idaho
  • Utah State Parks and Recreation.



Asia and the Pacific Islands

  • International Yacht Training (IYT) in the Asia Pacific region
  • Philippine Heart Association Council on CPR
  • South Korea:
    • Korean Body Guard Martial Arts Association & affiliates
    • Dream & Green Tour
    • Sport For All – Korea Handball Federation
    • Yacht N Company
    • Young Jae Art & Craft School & Boy & Girl Scouts
    • Yangchun-Gu Hapkido Association

Australia and New Zealand

  • International Yacht Training (IYT) in the Asia Pacific region (incl. Australia and New Zealand)
  • Australia Council for Teaching Swimming and Water Safety (AUSTSWIM)
  • Australia Nationally Recognised Training  to Provide First Aid and other first aid related courses when conducted through PADI Asia Pacific’s Registered Training Organisation (RTO ID#6729)
  • New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) when conducted at a Private Training Establishment (PTE) and competency was assessed as meeting OSH/NZQA unit standard 6400, 6401, 6402 (or 6400, 26551, 26522 or equivalent / most recent unit standards)

If you need to know whether your Emergency First Response course meets compliance standards for an organization that is not on this list, please contact your Emergency First Response Regional Headquarters.

Visit this page often for updates on new accreditations.