What are the CPR and First Aid rules for getting my USCG OUPV?

Valid Adult CPR and basic First Aid are needed for a USCG OUPV license. There's only one online-only course.

2 mins read・Jul 28, 2022
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You are required to have valid Adult CPR certification and basic first aid course completed within a year of submitting your application.

The USCG will accept an American Red Cross First Aid and CPR card or a USCG approved course certificate for First Aid and CPR when you are getting your first USCG License as an officer.

You can take a course at the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, ASHI or a USCG course provider all offer classroom courses that will meet both these requirements. No matter which provider you choose you need to make sure some portion of your First Aid and CPR course is done is person. If your First Aid | CPR card from Red Cross says ONLINE anywhere on it the card will not be accepted.

Emergency University is the only USCG Approved CPR/FA fully online course.

If you already hold a valid STCW Basic Training, it covers this requirement.

Read our Guide to Getting Your OUPV / Six-Pack License

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Nate Gilman
Nate Gilman

Nate has over 15 years of professional maritime experience and has hawsepiped his way to a 3rd Mate Unlimited Endorsement with full STCW compliance. He is proud veteran of the NOAA Commissioned Corps.

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