Big Texas CPR 

Providing Live Classroom and Online training in BLS, Heartsaver®, CPR, AED, BBP, First Aid and other lifesaving skills to everyone willing to learn.

Big Texas CPR gets its certification and guidelines from AHA & ESCI.

Click here to learn about Emergency Care and Safety Intitute (ECSI)

Click here to learn about the American Heart Association (AHA)

Call (832) 930-0277 or email to set up your class. 

What type of certification do you need?                

Before we can help answer that question - First you need to know that every training center teaches the same standards and guidelines. These are often known as (and called) the AHA standards.

This means that ECSI courses are taught using AHA Standards - But only AHA Courses will have the AHA logo on the certification / card - Is that important to you? Read below to find your answer. 

It is The ILCOR Consensus, and not the AHA, that sets all guidelines and standards for teaching CPR.

ILCOR is the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. The AHA is one of several contributors that help decide how these standards are taught.  The AHA provides a large amount of data to the ILCOR. Click on this link to learn about the ILCOR  or click here to watch a short video.

The ILCOR meets twice yearly to talk about these standards, and they set industry guidelines every 5 years. Their most recent guidelines were published in 2015.

So, what certification do you need? 

It depends on why you are taking training and/or what your boss needs:

  • As mentioned above, all training centers use the AHA standards.

  • Some medical employers, however, will only allow their staff to get certification / cards that have the AHA logo. If you are a nurse, doctor, EMT or paramedic, there is a 99% chance you MUST have certification that has the AHA logo (American Heart Association Certification) on it, because your boss will require it. 

  • If you are not a medical professional, or do not need the AHA logo, the ECSI courses are probably best for you. 

We always highly recommend that students check with their boss, and/or medical director prior to obtaining CPR/AED/First Aid education as needed.

Now that you know some basic information: 

It is YOU (the student) who must determine if AHA certification is needed, or if ECSI certification would be sufficient. Big Texas CPR can not provide a refund, nor issue a different card, once the training is complete. 

The training in AHA courses is usually focused to the medical professional. These courses will use advanced medical terms, advanced medical techniques, different course material, and provide more detailed medical knowledge than the ECSI courses. This is the reason for the difference in price between AHA and ECSI courses.  

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The medical content in all Big Texas CPR courses are consistent with the latest CPR, AED and first aid guidelines, to reflect the 2015 ILCOR Consensus Guidelines for CPR and ECC. All Big Texas CPR courses meet or exceed the medical objectives of similar training programs, to include those released by the American Heart Association.

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course material, do not represent income to the Association.