Please note: This is Guidelines 2010 version. If you are looking for the 2015 Guidelines, please click here.


The American Heart Association’s Family & Friends CPR Course has been updated to reflect new science in the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care.

This video-based classroom course teaches adult Hands-Only™ CPR, adult AED use, child CPR and AED use, and infant CPR. It also teaches how to relieve choking in an adult, child or infant. Skills are taught using the AHA’s research-proven Practice-While-Watching technique, which allows participants to practice skills while watching consistent, accurate modeling of skills performance on the course video. Adult, child and infant skills are presented in three separate modules for added flexibility.

For the 2010 version, this course now can be taught by AHA Instructors and led by “facilitators” (such as
community members, family members, friends and others) who wish to help pass on lifesaving CPR skills.