First Aid and CPR Training
The following courses are regularly scheduled and taught at TST BOCES campus. Below, please see Scheduling and Enrollment for additional information.
American Heart Association – Basic Life Support (BLS)*
This is the Basic Life Support (BLS) for healthcare or professional rescuer course from the American Safety & Health Institute. The course is designed to provide all school personnel with the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED and relieve choking in a timely and effective manner. The course is intended for all school personnel including; school nurses, teachers, coaches, maintenance staff, custodians, bus drivers, administrators, certified or non-certified support staff and aides, as well as licensed or non-licensed healthcare professionals. BLS certification is valid for 2 years.
The Initial Course is a 4-hour basic course which teaches the fundamentals of basic life support using classroom, video and instructor-led instruction. There is no pre-requisite for this course.
The Refresher Course is a 3.5-hour refresher which reinforces fundamental skills of basic life support using classroom, video and instructor-led instruction as well as providing updates to methods and protocols for basic life support. Current CPR/AED certification or the Initial Course are pre-requisites for this course.
* – ASHI program conforms to the 2015 American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC).
American Heart Association – Heartsaver First Aid**
This is the Basic First Aid course from the American Safety & Health Institute. The course is designed to teach skills to the layperson. Basic First Aid certification is valid for 2 years.
This course does NOT satisfy the State Education Department’s requirement for First Aid for Coaches certification.
The course is a 3-hour basic course which teaches skills to the layperson using classroom, video and instructor-led instruction. There is no pre-requisite for this course.
** – ASHI program conforms to the 2015 American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines Update for First Aid.
New York State Education Department Coaches First Aid Course – Available to coaches in any school district!
This is the State Education Department approved first aid course designed to meet the requirements for coaches for all public school athletic programs. The course teaches participants critical skills needed to respond to and manage a first aid emergency until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives. Participants learn their role in supporting healthy participation by student athletes, rules for participation in sports, health and safety requirements and legal aspects of coaching. Participants learn skills such as how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies. First Aid for Coaches certification is valid for 3 years.
All coaches are required to receive an initial course consisting of 12 hours of classroom, video-based and instructor-led instruction. You must attend all sessions to be certified.
The Initial course is the pre-requisite for the 5 1/2 hour refresher course consisting of classroom, video-based and instructor-led instruction. You must attend all sessions to be certified.
Districts from outside the TST BOCES region can cross contract from their BOCES for the cost of the courses. Click here to view the flyer for more information.