Over the past few years the option of doing a skills session vs a traditional classroom setting has gained more popularity. This option allows an individual or group of persons to complete the majority of the courses online through the American Heart Association or American Red Cross website. After successful completion of the online component, the individual will be issued a certificate of completion and should bring it with them for the skills session. The skills test is an in person session scheduled with an instructor to evaluate the practical skills of the participant. Because this is a two step program to complete, there are two fees. One fee is paid at the time of the course registration for the online program. Next, you will schedule and pay for the in person skills session fee at www.wicpr.com. This is NOT a more cost effective way of receiving any of these certifications compared to attending a traditional course, it is a matter of convenience preferred by many as a more rapid and less time consuming way to certify. Often times we schedule skills tests on an individual basis or for very small groups. However many people still prefer this method rather than attending an entire in person course despite the increased cost. Some perks of skills testing include: You can stop/start the online program at your leisure from work or home, we schedule a date/time and location that works best for you and your schedule (even on an individual basis), the certification is issued promptly after the course, does not require a lot of in person time, perfect for limited schedules, lots of flexibility in scheduling and online completion, can take the online written exam numerous times if you are not successful the first time, and the list goes on…
We currently offer skills sessions for: ACLS (2 hrs), BLS (1 hr), PALS (2 hrs), HeartSaver AED/CPR (1 hr) and First Aid. If there are no dates or times that work for your schedule, we do offer the skills sessions on an individual basis and would be happy to add to our schedule just for you, please call our office for other instructor availability at 414-791-5018. *Additional travel charges may apply* Our office is located in Wauwatosa Wisconsin and we would be glad to see you there for any of these skills sessions. Give us a call today and we can have an instructor available at a convenient date and time that you choose.
Initially at the beginning of the session the instructor will introduce themselves, have you sign in and complete any course paperwork, (briefly) cover a verbal review the course information and address any questions that someone may have from the online portion or about the skills they are being evaluated. At this time your instructor will also verify that you are paid for your skills session and collect your certificate of completion from the online portion at www.onlineaha.org WE CANNOT ISSUE AN AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION CERTIFICATE IF THE ONLINE COURSE WAS NOT COMPLETED THROUGH THIS WEBSITE, NO EXCEPTIONS! In person sessions should be completed within 30 days of the online course completion. Please remember to review your information and study the information prior to attending a skills test. The instructor is only evaluating you on the practical portion of the course, preparation is necessary to be successful.
The person (s) will then complete the practical portion of the course while being evaluated by your instructor on your performance of the skills and sequences that are required. There is some time built in to the sessions for remediation if needed. If the participant cannot perform the skills required for completion the instructor will make an attempt to remediate. If the participant is still not fully comfortable with the course information or cannot adequately perform the skills necessary the skills session will be rescheduled for a later date. Any fees paid at that time are forfeited and would need to be repaid again to reschedule. *ACLS and PALS also have brief required videos that we will watch prior to the “hands-on” or practical evaluation*Skills sessions have been a pleasure to offer. Many participants and clients have appreciated the flexibility that this option gives to receive your American Heart Association or American Red Cross certification. We look forward to seeing you in an upcoming course!