ASHI and MEDIC First Aid Blog

May 14, 2019

Adhering to Program Approval Stipulations: Why It Matters

A big part of what we do at Health & Safety Institute is pursue approvals for our ASHI and MEDIC First Aid emergency care programs. Occupational licensing boards, regulatory agencies, and other approvers sometimes stipulate specific conditions for approval which HSI and our approved Training Centers and authorized instructors must meet.

An example that’s been prompting some phone calls to us recently regards the documentation requirements for first aid and CPR training to be accepted by the U.S. Coast Guard. Although ASHI and MEDIC First Aid have been approved by the USCG for over a decade, there’s been some confusion concerning the requirements of this approval.

In 2010, the USCG implemented a credentialing policy that required all certificates provided to students successfully completing a USCG-approved course contain specific information, including a course approval code provided by the National Maritime Center. The NMC is a “world class credentialing program, [where a] staff of highly competent and devoted professionals ensures a safe, secure, economically viable and environmentally sound Marine Transportation System manned by fully qualified U.S. mariners.”

These course approval codes, along with other USCG-specific certificate requirements are included on the USCG/NMC-approved “Recognition of Participation” (ROP) document. To ensure acceptance by the USCG, Training Centers or instructors that offer mariner training and certification must issue (and Mariners must present) BOTH documents to meet the USCG/NMC regulatory requirements. USCG/NMC evaluators will not accept an ASHI or MEDIC First Aid certification card unless it is accompanied by the ROP with the USCG-specific certificate requirements, including the course approval code.

Instructors can download the ASHI and MEDIC First Aid USCG ROPs via their instructor portal. For instructions on where to find that in Otis, as well as more on this specific requirement, be sure you’re subscribed to our newsletter! We have an article from our Regulatory Approval Manager on the USCG requirements in the May issue of the newsletter, which will be published tomorrow, May 15, 2019. If you aren’t already receiving the newsletter, you can subscribe to it here.

To ensure you’re dotting all the i’s and crossing all the t’s when it comes to satisfying program requirements, TC directors and instructors should always refer to the most recent edition of our Training Center Administrative Manual (TCAM). It’s available in your Otis portal, and on the emergency care website here.

Sign up today and watch your inbox for tomorrow’s newsletter with the USCG article and more news you can use, including a tour of the resources in the Otis instructor portal, important considerations for training bystanders on activating EMS, and an announcement about a cool new website feature that puts our instructors center stage to share their stories about the world of emergency care training.

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