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The USCG says my CPR and First Aid Card from American Heart Association won't work?

Updated: Jul 19

It should work! What they are telling you that you are missing the course certificate with the correct code (AMERHA-216) on it from American Heart Association (AHA).


The course you took should work, you just need to obtain a course certificate with the correct code on it if you are taking CPR / First Aid from an American Heart Association provider and give that to the USCG.



CPR and First Aid courses taken from an American Heart Association Provider are accepted but they can cause some confusion for you and the USCG. The USCG will not accept your American Heart Association First Aid / CPR card as documentation of taking First Aid. They will only take it as documentation for CPR.



The USCG will accept a USCG approved course certificate with the specific course code for American Heart Association.


How to get the correct USCG approved course certificate from an American Heart Association provider:


You need to ask your instructor to take the following steps and provide you with a US Coast Guard (USCG) approved AHA Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Course and Certificate that has the code (AMERHA-216) on it.


  1. Log onto the American Heart Association Instructor Network

  2. Go to the Courses drop down, Select Heartsaver

  3. Select Heartsaver 1st Aid/CPR/AED under Instructor-Led Training

  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page

  5. Click the Miscellaneous drop down for the information on The US Coast Guard (USCG) approved AHA Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Course and Certificate

  6. Download the The US Coast Guard (USCG) approved AHA Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Course and Certificate inside their instructor Network

  7. Email you the pdf of the The US Coast Guard (USCG) approved AHA Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Course and Certificate

You know you have the right thing when it has your name, the code AMERHA-216, the date you completed the course and your instructor's name on it.


I've got my USCG approved AHA Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED course certificate now what do I do?


If you are using MM-SEAS


Add it into the system, let us know and we will handle the rest.


If you are not using MM-SEAS and you got an Awaiting Information (AI) Letter


Send it to the USCG at iasknmc@uscg.mil with your Last Name, MMC number and Application ID in the subject line and body of the email.



If you are not using MM-SEAS and you are submitting your application


Include it in your complete package when you send it to your preferred Regional Exam Center with your Last Name, MMC number and Application ID in the subject line and body of the email.




We hope this made your life a little easier and if you have other questions the MM-SEAS team is always here to help!


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