The BOC regularly conducts audits of ATs to verify
compliance with certification requirements – a critical part of
assuring public safety. Our audits sometimes reveal lapses in
maintaining an Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) certification
due to mistaken beliefs about the requirement. Other
times, ATs report ECC certification at a lower level than the
minimum BOC requirement (see sidebar).
Following are common but unacceptable reasons given for a
lapse in ECC certification:
•;I’m not currently practicing as an AT
•;I’m not working in the field
•;I’m in school
•;I don’t know what level of CPR I need
•;I didn’t keep all my cards, whether expired or current
In an effort to help with lost cards, we have added a field
to the continuing education reporting form in your BOC
Central™ profile. The new field, under the “Emergency
Cardiac Care (ECC)” section, asks for the certificate ID or
This information allows the BOC and other organizations
to access American Red Cross and American Heart
Association systems to verify ECC certification – which
allows us to help you in the event of an audit. We encourage
you to enter ECC information in your profile as soon as you
receive a new card or certificate.
Finally, remember that ECC documents must be kept for
2 years after the end of the reporting period. The only
acceptable documents are original certification cards, original
certificates of completion, or photocopies (front and back) of
certification cards or certificates of completion. The instructor
and card holder must sign cards or certificates of completion
if a QR code is not provided. Letters provided by instructors
are not acceptable.
ECC certification must include all of the following:
Second rescuer CPR
Barrier devices (e.g., pocket mask, bag valve
For full details, see the 2016-2017 Certification
Maintenance Requirements starting on page 3.
do you Really Know the eCC requirements?
Avoid common audit problems like completing the wrong course, letting your ECC
certification lapse or tossing old documents too soon.
What Level Is Your ECC Certification?
eCards (Electronic Course Completion Cards)
An eCard is the electronic equivalent of a printed AHA course completion card and can be provided to
students as an alternative to a printed card. eCards are valid course completion cards and can be presented
to employers as proof of successful completion of an AHA course. Like printed cards, eCards expire 2 years
from the issue date. eCards are valid through the end of the month.
eCard information is populated electronically by the TCC or Instructor and can only be altered by the
TCC or AHA Customer Service by using AHA’s My Cards™. eCards can be easily verified by employers at
www.heart.org/cpr/mycards to prove issuance by a valid TC and Instructor aligned with that TC.
eCards are available only for provider-level courses in the United States.
Sample of an official AHA eCard
has successfully completed requirements for
CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers: valid 2 Years
Date Completed: 05/14/2016
conducted by: American Red Cross
Instructor: Spencer Dean Cohorst
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Finding a Certificate ID or Card Code