ECSI/BSA Training Agreement FAQs

Q. Which ECSI training programs meet the Boy Scouts of America's training requirements?
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The following ECSI CPR/AED and first aid training materials meet Boy Scouts of America training requirements and are designed to fully support membership. They will help provide Scouts with the tools needed to gain the knowledge and skills required to save lives:

Review our course catalog for more information on these dynamic resources.

Q. How can I provide an ECSI CPR/AED and/or first-aid course for my Scouts?
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BSA units, districts, or councils can be signed up to become a standalone emergency care training center (ECSI Education Center), where they can offer CPR/AED and first-aid training programs to their Scouts. With this independence, BSA volunteers and staff can teach emergency care courses as needed. Review the "Become an Education Center" page for more information.

Q. I am a first-aid and/or CPR/AED instructor for another nationally recognized training organization. Can I be grandfathered in as an ECSI instructor?
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If you have adequate content knowledge in the course(s) that you would like to teach, and you can demonstrate adequate teaching experience, you may request instructor reciprocity to become an ECSI instructor. Please review the "Become an Instructor" page for more details.

Q. I have little or no teaching experience but would like to learn how to train others to perform life-saving skills. How do I get started?
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If you have little or no teaching experience but would like to become a CPR/AED and/or first-aid instructor, you can participate in an ECSI Instructor Development Course (IDC). This course covers topics such as teaching methodologies, complying with ECSI policies and procedures, following course objectives, and conducting skills practice sessions. A prerequisite, however, is CPR/AED/first aid proven course success. If you would like help locating an authorized ECSI instructor-trainer in your area, please contact the membership office at 800-716-7264. Please note that all ECSI instructors must be associated with an ECSI Education Center. Review the "Become an Instructor" page for more details.

Q. What are the fees associated with becoming an ECSI Education Center or instructor?
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When you join ECSI as an Education Center or instructor, there are no up-front or recurring training center or instructor fees.

Q. How much does ECSI charge for course completion cards?
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ECSI provides free course completion cards with each student manual or online course access code purchased by our Education Centers. Please note, on-site skills examinations and competencies demonstrated to an instructor are required in order to earn a nationally-recognized course completion card from ECSI. For more information on the blended training model, please visit www.ECSInstitute.org.

Q. Are ECSI online CPR/AED courses available for BSA members?
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Yes. ECSI CPR/AED blended online courses are allowed but will rquire a skills competency check with an ECSI instructor in order to receive a course completion card, which is required for adult leaders and certain merit badges. It is recommended that you check to see if an ECSI instructor is available in your area for a skills check before purchasing the online course.

Q. As a Boy Scouts of America instructor with ECSI, will I receive a discount on ECSI training materials?
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As an authorized BSA instructor with ECSI, you are eligible to receive discounts on ECSI CPR/AED and first-aid resources. These prices are offered exclusively to authorized ECSI Boy Scouts of America instructors and cannot be ordered online. Call ECSI's sales office at 800-716-7264 to learn more.

Q. Who stands behind ECSI training materials?
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ECSI training courses are offered in association with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)—two of the most renowned medical organizations in the world. These organizations provide medical direction to the Emergency Care & Safety Institute. ECSI's training materials are developed and distributed by Jones & Bartlett Learning, the exclusive publisher for ECSI. Learn more about Jones & Bartlett Learning.