What You Will Learn

  • How to recognize sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)

  • The importance of immediately calling 911 and asking others to retrieve a nearby AED if one is available

  • That voluntarily stepping up can only help and not hurt an SCA victim, giving individuals the confidence to try and save a life

  • Where hands should be placed to deliver hands-only CPR

  • How deep and how frequently to push on the chest while performing hand-only CPR

  • How to use an AED

  • The importance of continuing life-saving efforts until professional emergency medical services resources arrive

  • That, because lawsuit risks are so low, legal liability concerns should be no barrier to trying to help an SCA victim

What You Will Earn

  • Special Abilities

    The knowledge, skills, confidence and courage to impact a life by saving a life.

  • Certificate of Course Completion

    Valid for two years.

  • Important Team Role

    A volunteer, Good Samaritan bystander role on your organization's sudden cardiac arrest response team.

  • Ongoing Knowledge

    Quarterly email training booster scenarios to enhance confidence and keep knowledge and skills fresh and ready.

  • Unlimited Learning

    Take the course as often as you would like for - two-years.

  • Regulatory Compliance

    Compliance with state regulatory requirements impacting AED programs.


Online, Adult CPR/AED Good Samaritan Training for Everyone

Learn what you need to know -- from a real-world scenario designed for volunteer bystanders. In plain, jargon-free English. So if you see SCA, you will know what to do for SCA.

Course Details

The Nuts and Bolts

  • Topic

    Adult, compression-only CPR + AED.

  • Length

    Can be completed in about 15 minutes.

  • Cost

    $39 per student for unlimited learning.

Frequently Asked Questions

CPR/AED Training Requirements Demystified

  • Does Good Samaritan Training (GST) follow AHA Guidelines?

    Absolutely. Here is the context. The American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiac Care (Guidelines) offer science-based recommendations for CPR, AED and emergency cardiac care training course content and teaching methods. Contrary to popular belief, the Guidelines contain voluntary recommendations, not mandates or legally binding standards. The Guidelines are designed primarily for North American healthcare providers, but they also touch on hands-only CPR and AED training aimed at volunteer lay bystanders (Good Samaritans). GST fully adheres to Guidelines recommendations for lay bystander training content delivered via a self-directed online learning platform.

  • Is GST compliant with state AED law training requirements?

    Absolutely. Here is the context. Some states (not all) have laws requiring CPR/AED training for certain people involved in AED programs. Because it adheres to Guidelines recommendations for Good Samaritan lay bystander training, GST is fully compliant with all state AED law training requirements. Keep in mind that states are not permitted to mandate that AED programs purchase or use training from any specific training vendor, though they may improperly suggest otherwise. From an AED law compliance perspective, organizations are free to choose Guidelines adherent CPR/AED training from any vendor that best matches their operational and budget needs, including our Good Samaritan Training.

  • Does GST meet my job’s training requirements?

    That depends. If your occupation falls under specific licensing, regulatory or certification rules, you will need to check with your employer or the agency or licensing board that regulates your profession to find out what specific types of training you need. For most lay bystanders however, organizations are free to choose CPR/AED training that best matches their operational and budget needs, including Good Samaritan Training.

  • Isn’t hands-on practice and skills verification required for CPR/AED training?

    No. Unlike healthcare providers or designated professional emergency medical responders, online learning for Good Samaritan lay bystanders without hands-on practice and skills verification follows Guidelines recommendations. This training approach is one of the most important strategies aimed at reducing sudden cardiac death because it offers the potential to dramatically increase the number of people with the confidence, basic knowledge and skills, and willingness to help SCA victims. And lay bystander training studies referenced in the Guidelines show no CPR performance differences associated with hands-on practice. Keep in mind though, that some jobs or occupational licenses may require training that includes practice and skills verification.

  • What agencies or organizations approve CPR/AED training courses?

    None. Contrary to popular belief, there are no government or independent third-party accrediting bodies empowered or authorized to endorse, approve or accredit CPR/AED training courses. Training vendors develop courses and self-determine adherence to the Guidelines. This is true for every CPR/AED training organization, including the training arms of the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross. No courses, including those offered under the AHA or ARC brands, are reviewed or accredited externally. Similarly, contrary to language found in many state AED laws, there are no standards for defining or objectively designating a “nationally recognized” training organization and no government or independent third-party bodies are empowered or authorized to “nationally recognize” any training organization or training course.

  • What are the liability risks of trying to help an SCA victim with CPR or AED use?

    In the United States, with its very high litigation rates, it is certainly reasonable to raise SCA response liability concerns. But the chances of getting sued for trying to help someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest with CPR and AED use are near zero. Given this very low risk, liability considerations should not stop people from stepping in and stepping up to create the best chance of survival.