CPR Class Content Requirements for New Jersey EMTs

EMS Providers in New Jersey usually need a Basic Life Support (BLS/CPR) certification at the Healthcare Provider level. Required skills include; Adult, child and infant CPR, AED, and use of a bag-valve-mask. Some EMTs' may also need a First Aid course as well,  but this is determined by the employer. 


CAPCE (Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education) CPR Certification Requirements

Summary of Board Requirement

CAPCE (previously called CECBEMS) requires to maintain CPR for Healthcare Providers that includes practical skills evaluation component. CAPCE accredited organizations listed here.

Board Statement

CAPCE (previously CECBEMS) recognizes that EMS providers are required to maintain certification in a number of disciplines, including:

  • CPR for Healthcare Providers (CPR) 
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) 
  • Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) 
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) 
  • Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP) 
  • Advanced Pediatric Life Support (APLS) 
  • Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS)

EMS providers frequently maintain these certifications simultaneously through distributive learning. There are a number of CAPCE-accredited organizations that offer these certification courses. The most popular are ACLS, PALS, and CPR, and include practical skills evaluation as a required component.

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Department of Health, Emergency Medical Services CPR Certification Requirements

Summary of Board Requirement

The New Jersey Department of Health, Emergency Medical Services requires CPR certification with practical skills component that is accepted by the Board and adheres to the Healthcare Provider level training standards of AHA/ECC or its equivalent. 

Board Statement

CPR - Certification & Documentation

All EMT candidates are required to complete cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training prior to the first day of their EMT education, and present a valid CPR card and government issued photo identification card for admittance to the New Jersey Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification Examination. 

Current New Jersey regulations (N.J.A.C. 8:40A) require a valid certification in CPR to the level of the Professional Rescuer or Health Care Provider as issued by the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Red Cross (ARC), the National Safety Council (NSC), or other entity determined by the Department to comply with AHA CPR Guidelines.

OEMS does not recognize CPR training programs that are taught strictly online. CPR certification must be obtained through an instructor led program with skills verification, a written examination, and include both one and two rescuer CPR (infant, child & adult), use of bag-valve mask ventilation devices (BVM) and semi-automatic external defibrillator (SAED) training.

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Choose Your CPR Training Method

EMS Providers in New Jersey are required to do the Basic Life Support level of CPR certification for Healthcare Providers that includes a practical skills evaluation through a classroom or blended training process. 100% online CPR will only be an option upon the discretion of the employer or institution and is not accepted by the state licensing department or for continuing education credits for Emergency Responders.

Some employers may require a specific type of training, or may leave it up to the State’s requirement. If you are not certain of your employer's requirement, make sure to check with them about both the training type and the required course content.

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