US Coast Guard have accepted Adult/Child Emergency Care


There is now a new Certification in the Database – “Adult/Child Emergency Care – FIRST AID/CPR/AED (FRTINT-203)”.

Recently the First Response Adult and Child Emergency Care (ACEC) program was reviewed by the United States Coast Guard (USCG). Much to our excitement (not really, we knew we would get this) the program was accepted.

There were two main reasons we went through this process:

  • The above ACEC course can be used to satisfy the First Aid/CPR/AED requirements for a USCG mariner.
  • To demonstrate that the ACEC course meets or exceeds all other equivalent courses.

What this means to you:

It means a lot.

  • It means you can say with confidence that the ACEC course meets or exceeds that of the largest competitors.
  • It means you can say the ACEC course has been reviewed and accepted by a third party, which happens to be a division of the US Government.

Here’s some cool quotes from the USCG letter of acceptance:

“We have determined that this course meets or exceeds: The standards of the American Red Cross Standard First Aid or American National Red Cross Community for First Aid & Safety courses…”.

They went on to say We have determined that this course meets or exceeds: The standards of the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association for CPR courses…”

What materials and standards do you use?

Great question and easy answer, the same ones you’ve been using. Pretty easy huh? The only exception is that you cannot use the online training. The USCG reviewed and accepted the traditional materials:

  • Adult and Child Emergency Care student manual
  • Adult and Child Emergency Care instructor guide
  • Adult and Child Emergency Care knowledge quest and exam

The required change by the USCG was in the name of the course and in the description -all the materials and the standard are the same between ACEC and “Adult/Child Emergency Care – FIRST AID/CPR/AED (FRTINT-203)”.

How does this change what you do?

It doesn’t really. What we did was add a certification to the database that has a different course name and the description is different.

The new course name is Adult/Child Emergency Care – FIRST AID/CPR/AED (FRTINT-203) and should ONLY be used to satisfy the First Aid/CPR/AED requirements for a USCG mariner

Every ACEC instructor can issue this certification but be sure to ONLY issue it to a for a USCG mariner.

We would like to know how many certifications are issued for the course as it is intended and so we could report back to the USCG the number of certifications that have been issued. This is not a requirement and if the certification for this course is issued by mistake it’s no big deal.

What does the future hold?

We have no plans of having any of our other courses reviewed by the USCG, most of them do not line up with what is called the Code of Federal Regulation (CFR), which is a requirement of gaining acceptance. Should something come up in the future, we will be sure to let you know.

This does not mean we are not seeking approval/acceptance from other sources; we’re still working hard on those and will inform you as soon as they are done.

Quick Summary:

  • No new materials, user or instructor, same ACEC materials we released with the new program.
  • No new standards, user or instructor, same ACEC standards we released.
  • Printed materials must be used, no online. This was the way the USCG reviewed the materials.
  • No additional costs or administrative procedures for instructors to be able to issue the Adult/Child Emergency Care – FIRST AID/CPR/AED (FRTINT-203) certification for students seeking mariner or similar qualifications.

If there is something we have not answered or questions you have about this or any of the other programs First Response Training International offers, please reach out to us or check out our website it’s loaded with a lot of great information.

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