Paper Cards Vs eCards

The American Heart Association issues both paper cards and eCards. The paper cards will still be issued through 2020 which means paper cards are valid through the end of 2022. After 2022, only eCards will be valid. Safety Training Seminars currently issues eCards in their courses, but just like every CPR company and hospital in the USA, we issued paper cards in the past. PAPER CARDS ARE VALID THROUGH 2022.

What can I do if my school or company does not accept the paper card? 
Your school or hospital must accept the paper card, since at the time of your class, there were only paper cards. The American Heart Association does not allow us to issue both a paper card and an eCard. If you are still having problems, they can call the American Heart Association at 800-242-8721. Or you can show them this official statement from the American Heart Association which explains about the paper cards.

Paper Card Reference Guide – 2018


American Heart Association eCards
The American Heart Association has switched to offering eCards starting in January 2018.

What is an eCard?
An eCard is the electronic equivalent of a printed course completion card and can be provided to students as proof of their certification. The eCards are valid course completion cards and can be presented to employers as proof of successful completion of an AHA course. Regular printed cards can result in security risks, counterfeit cards, or altered cards.

I did not receive my eCard. What should I do?

Go to this link to claim your eCard

Book Policy

2020 American Heart Association Book Policy

Renewal AHA ACLS
The American Heart Association requires all students to bring the proper book to their training class. This is the same policy across the United States and in the Bay Area. This book policy is not written by Safety Training Seminars, but it is the official American Heart Association rules which we must follow to maintain our license. The book is not used much during class. It is mostly used as a reference after your course.

Where should I buy the book?
You can purchase the book from us when you register for a class. Or you can loan a book from a friend or coworker and bring with you to class. You could also buy a book online, but be careful. We have students who buy books on Amazon or Ebay which are the outdated versions and not accepted. If you buy a book online, you should factor in the shipping costs & taxes, which sometimes can add an extra $10-$15 to the price of the book. If you purchase the book from us, you will pick it up on the day of the class. We do not ship it.

Current Books & Prices 2020

BLS Provider Book
Our price: $20
Copyright 2016, ISBN # 978-1-61669-407-4
You can buy this book for $20. We do not ship the book. If you prefer to buy the book before your class, you can buy it from

Current AHA BLS Book

ACLS Provider Book
Our Price: $60
Copyright 2016, ISBN # 978-1-61669-400-5
You can buy this book for $60. We do not ship the book.If you prefer to buy the book before your class, you can buy it from


PALS Provider Book
Our Price: $60
Copyright 2016, ISBN# 978-1-61669-599-0
You can buy this book for $60. We do not ship the book. If you prefer to buy the book before your class, you can buy it from

PALS Renewal Bay Area




I am taking a Heartcode eLearning class. Do I need to bring in a book?
No. If you are taking a Heartcode eLearning course, you do not need to bring in a book to class, since your eLearning course acts as your book that can be viewed for two years.

I am taking the class with my wife. Do we both need to buy a book?
Yes. The American Heart Association does not allow people to share a book during their classes.

If you have any questions about The American Heart Association Book Policy, please call us at 415-437-1600.

Thanks. See you in class soon.

Office Locations

Bay Area CPR Office Locations

1936 University Avenue, Suite 100
Berkeley, CA 94704
Parking: 4-6 parking garages within 3 blocks
BART Two blocks from Downtown Berkeley BART

San Jose
Next to USPS
555 Meridian Avenue, Suite E
San Jose, CA 95126
Free Parking

Across from
7567 Amador Valley, Suite 108
Dublin, CA 94568
Free Parking

2440 Stanwell Drive, Suite C
Concord, CA 94520
Free Parking

San Francisco
598 Vermont Street (18th Street)
San Francisco, CA 94107
Free Street Parking (no meters)
Muni Bus Routes: 19, 22, 33, 9

Novato Oaks Inn
215 Alameda del Prado
Novato, CA 94949
Free Parking

Redwood City
Next to HR Block, Across from Popeye’s
777 Woodside Road, Suite A-1
Redwood City, CA 94061
Free Parking

Next to Squeeze Inn
5301 Power Inn Road, Suite 105
Sacramento, CA 95820
Free Parking

Low Price Guarantee

Lowest CPR Prices in the Bay Area & Sacramento

Lowest CPR Prices

Bay Area Fraud Warning

There are some Bay Area schools that teach ACLS, PALS, and BLS classes at lower prices by not following American Heart Association guidelines or who do not offer official American Heart Association certification. If you take an unlicensed course, you would have to retake a class and pay for the training again. 

Bay Area Medical Professionals Face Disciplinary Action

Fraud Warning from the American Heart Association

Fraud Warning from EMSA about Pediatric First-aid

Santa Cruz ACLS PALS Classes

Now Hiring Instructors

Free CPR Classes

Bay Area Free CPR Classes

Free CPR Training Courses


Free/ Low Price Public CPR Training

I frequently receive phone calls and emails from people looking to take a CPR class for free. It is possible to find free or low cost CPR classes throughout the Bay Area. The American Red Cross and the American Heart Association offer these type of classes about once every 3 months. The name of this course is called Hands Only CPR or sometimes it is advertised as CPR Saturday or Sidewalk CPR. Theses courses do not provide any type of certification card, but it offers a chance for students to practice the steps of CPR on a manikin.

Also, the Sports Basement in Walnut Creek offers American Safety and Health Institute basic CPR classes about once per month. These courses are not valid for medical professionals, since those in the medical field must take an American Heart Association BLS renewal. The current price for these classes in 2016 is $15. Their phone number is 925-941-6100.

Official Certification Card

If you need to receive an actual CPR certification card as part of a job requirement, you would need to take an official American Heart Association class. The reason these certification courses are not free, is because there are lots of expenses involved with taking a course. The CPR company must purchase thousands of dollars of equipment such as infant CPR manikins, bag valve masks, AEDs, DVDs, and provide the certification cards. Also, there are other expenses such as rent, insurance, instructor pay, tables, chairs, utilities, etc.

Low Cost CPR Classes/Online CPR Classes

It is possible to find low cost CPR classes by taking a course over the computer. However, online CPR classes are an internet scam that has been around for the past few years. It is possible to pay $50-60, and then print out a CPR card within 5 minutes. There is no practice involved, and the certification card you would receive is not valid. To be on the safe side, take an official American Heart Association CPR class. You can call us if you have any questions: 415-437-1600

View upcoming courses in the Bay Area here.