Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Used Acronyms


Advanced Cardi ovascular Life Support


Automated E xternal D efibrillator


American Heart Association


Basic Life Support


Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation


Emergency Cardiovascular Care


Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada


Instructor - Led Training


Military Training Network


Pediatric Advanced Life Support


Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization


Resuscitation Quality Improvement


Training Center

What is the minimum age to learn CPR?

The AHA does not mandate a minimum age requirement for learn ing CPR. The ability to perform CPR is based more on body strength than age. Studies have shown that children as young as nine years old can learn and retain CPR skills.

Why is AED training included in all your CPR courses?

The science in the official AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC shows that victims have a greater chance of survival from cardiac arrest when high-quality CPR includes use of an AED.

I need a general CPR course to prepare me to save the life of a loved one. Which course is best for me?

Heartsaver® CPR AED provides basic CPR training in a dynamic group environment using the research-proven practice-while-watching method.



I am not a healthcare professional and I need a CPR and AED course for work purposes. Which course should I take?

Heartsaver ® CPR AED is probably best for you. Mote4Life offers this course in a classroom-based format.

Are your courses OSHA compliant?

Our Heartsaver Courses are for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card for job, regulatory, or other requirements. While these courses are designed to meet OSHA requirements, OSHA does not review or approve any courses for compliance.

Which CPR course should a "first responder" or “professional rescuer” take?

First responders or professional rescuers generally include fire, police and emergency medical personnel. These types of prehospital professionals usually need to complete a Basic Life Support ( BLS ) course. Check with your employer or licensing authority.

Which course should a daycare provider take?

The AHA’s Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED Course is designed to meet regulatory requirements for childcare workers in all 50 United States. Mote4Life offers this course in a classroom-based format.

Does the AHA BLS course include first aid?

No, first aid is not included in the AHA’s BLS courses. Mote4Life offers a variety of courses that will prepare you to respond to a first aid emergency, including

  • Heartsaver First Aid: Instructor-Led Training (ILT)
  • Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED: ILT
  • Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED: ILT
Is BLS training included in the ACLS Course?

No, BLS is not included in AHA’s ACLS courses. However, it is expected that healthcare providers taking an ACLS course come to class already proficient in BLS skills. However, the AHA has provided its Training Centers with sample agendas that allow BLS skills to be incorporated into advanced courses. Contact Mote4Life about this option.

Is BLS a prerequisite for ACLS?

Students in ACLS courses are not required by the AHA to have a current BLS Provider card, but they are expected to be proficient in BLS skills.

For the purposes of AHA’s CPR and first aid training, what age constitutes an infant, child and adult?

In CPR and first aid training,

  • An infant is younger than one year
  • A child is older than one year and has not reached puberty
  • An adult is anyone who has gone through or is going t hrough puberty