Frequently Asked Questions - ACLS Certification Institute

Are your courses accredited and approved within the industry? Will I receive CEU/CMEs upon completion?

Yes. Our courses are accredited in partnership with the ACLS Certification Institute by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE) and in joint partnership with the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine (PIM). The courses provide CEU/CME credits for EMTs, AEMTs, paramedics, respiratory therapists, nurses, nurse anesthetists, physician assistants, physicians, dentists, and pharmacists. The ACLS, PALS, and NRP certification courses are approved for 8 CEUs/CMEs, and recertification courses are approved for 4 CEUs/CMEs. The BLS certification course is approved for 4 CEUs/CMEs and the recertification course is approved for 2 CEUs/CMEs. For more information, please visit our Accreditation page.

My current certification has already expired. Can I still take the recertification course?

Yes! Our recertification courses are designed to help busy professionals quickly and conveniently recertify. As long as your provider card has been expired for less than 60 days, you can register for the recertification course.

How long does it take to receive my provider card?

You can have your provider card the same day you pass the exam! A digital, printable copy of your provider card will be available as soon as you pass the certification exam unless you have elected to complete the skills evaluation. Students who choose to complete the skills evaluation will have access to their digital, printable card within 1 business day of when we receive and have verified the forms stating they successfully passed off their clinical skills. 

Your printed provider card will be mailed out (free of charge) within 2-3 business days of when your digital card is issued. You can choose to have this sent by priority mail for faster delivery for an additional fee.

Are your courses compliant with current Joint Commission (JCAHO) standards?

Yes. All ACLS Certification Institute courses and exam materials are evidence-based and comply with Joint Commission (JCAHO) requirements. Our courses are built upon the latest emergency cardiovascular care (ECC) guidelines as published by the American Heart Association (AHA) and determined in conjunction with the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR)—which is the international committee responsible for coordination of all aspects of cardiopulmonary and cerebral resuscitation worldwide—the latest peer-reviewed articles, and expert consensus guidelines.

As defined in the Provision of Care, Treatment, and Service chapter of the Hospital Accreditation Standards, JCAHO Standard PC.9.30 requires resuscitation services to be available throughout the hospital. Specific requirements include:

  • Policies, procedures, processes, or protocols govern the provision of resuscitation services.
  • Equipment is appropriate to the patient population (for example, adult, pediatric).
  • Appropriate equipment is placed strategically throughout the hospital.
  • An evidence-based training program(s) is used to train appropriate staff to recognize the need for and use of designated equipment and techniques in resuscitation efforts.


The Joint Commission’s Standards Interpretation Group has reported that the Joint Commission does not recommend any specific training program (e.g. American Heart Association or Red Cross) only requires that all training is evidence-based. All of the courses and exam materials provided by the ACLS Certification Institute meet these requirements.

Will your certification card be accepted by my institution or facility?

This depends on your facility. Our programs are based on the most current emergency cardiovascular care (ECC) guidelines as published by the AHA and have been reviewed and approved by a number of credible third-party accrediting agencies. We also have a skills evaluation option available to help meet employer or state regulatory board requirements. 

Thousands of healthcare professionals have successfully earned and maintained their emergency life support certifications with our courses, and we work closely with healthcare facilities to educate them on the quality of our training and get our card accepted for you. However, we always recommend that you check with your employer before purchasing to avoid any acceptance issues.

I have never been ACLS certified. Can I still certify through your course?

Yes! Our certification courses are designed with first-time certification in mind. Upon registration you will have everything you need—comprehensive curriculum developed by experts in emergency medicine, unlimited practice exams, and free exam retakes—to ensure you are successful. 

Will I need to purchase additional study materials to pass the certification exam?

No. Our courses are designed to provide everything you need. You will have complete online access to comprehensive curriculum developed by experts in emergency medicine, unlimited practice exams, and free exam retakes. 

Will I receive an American Heart Association (AHA) or American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provider card?

You will receive a provider card from the ACLS Certification Institute. This card certifies that you have been trained on the latest emergency cardiovascular care (ECC) guidelines and standards published by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR), which is the international committee responsible for coordination of all aspects of cardiopulmonary and cerebral resuscitation worldwide. These are the same guidelines and standards that the American Heart Association builds their training on. 

Our cards do not include the American Heart Association logo because we are not the AHA. Thousands of healthcare professionals have successfully earned and maintained their certifications through our programs because our courses are all built on the latest guidelines and provide the evidence-based training required by current Joint Commission (JCAHO) standards.

The Neonatal Resuscitation Program certification and recertification available through ACLS Certification Institute is based on the standards published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The cards issued for this course will state that these are the guidelines taught and will include the ACLS Certification Institute logo.

How does your certification work? Is it really all online?

Our course is entirely online with an optional skills evaluation if your employer or state regulatory board requires it. Here’s how it works…

  1. Register for your certification. One payment covers everything, and you can start immediately.
  2. Login to your account to access your study materials. You’ll have 24/7 online access and can study whenever it’s convenient for you.
  3. Gauge your progress and preparation with unlimited practice exams.
  4. Review the curriculum as needed until you feel ready for the certification exam. You’ll have unlimited access to the material, which was developed by experts in emergency medicine.
  5. Take (and pass!) your certification exam. You’ll even have unlimited free retakes should you need them.
  6. Decide if you need a skills checkoff. This is optional, but if your employer or state regulatory board requires it, we will provide the necessary forms after you pass your certification exam. Your card will be issued after you’ve successfully completed the skills evaluation and these forms are returned.
  7. Upon completing a course evaluation and returning your skills evaluation forms (if necessary) a digital, printable copy of your provider card will become available and you will be able to access your CEU/CME information.
  8. Watch for your wallet card to arrive by mail a few days later.
  9. Repeat every 2 years for recertification.

Is a practical skills test required?

skills checkoff is available if needed but is not required in all cases. If your employer or state regulatory board requires a skills evaluation, the necessary forms will be provided to you as soon as you pass the exam. At that point you can print the forms and complete the evaluation with your employer. If your employer cannot complete the forms for you, you will need to take the forms to an in-person training provider and may have to pay an additional fee to complete your skills checkoff.

How long do I have to complete my certification course?

Upon registration you will have immediate access to your materials. You will have complete access to all of the online material until you successfully pass the certification exam (whether that takes 2 days or 2 years), allowing you to study and complete your certification on the schedule and at the pace that works for you. After you complete your certification, you will have continued access for 1 year, allowing you to reference the material as needed.

How long will my certification be valid?

Your certification will be valid for 2 years. At that point you can easily renew your certification through one of our recertification courses.