Skills Tests FAQ
A skills test is the hands-on portion of an AHA eLearning (online) course for a given discipline. An AHA eLearning course includes the course videos, reading materials, interactive exercises, and multiple-choice test (if the course requires it) in an online format that needs to be completed prior to the classroom participation.
Skills tests are a great way to get certified with minimal in-classroom time. It's ideal for individuals who do not have a lot of time or have been certified for a great length of time.
Due to the majority of the course being online, there is no instructor available to ask questions nor is there an opportunity to practice the skills before getting to the classroom. If there is a multiple-choice test for the course being taken, you only get two (2) opportunities to pass before being required to re-purchase the online course or take a full classroom course.
The only thing you need to participate in a skills test is a Certificate of Completion from the American Heart Association in the discipline you wish to test on. To obtain a Certificate of Completion, please purchase an online eLearning key from the American Heart Association. You can do that here.
Skills tests are scheduled twice a month but are also available by appointment. Please call or email our offices to make an appointment.
Skills Tests How-To
Please visit the Online AHA Website and select the course you need from the Course Catalogue.
The AHA will require you to register and pay for the eLearning course directly through their website.
You can purchase a key without activating it, un-activated keys do not expire. Once a key is activated, it will expire in 12-24 months depending on the key that is purchased.
Upon successful completion of the online materials, you have 60 days to register and complete an in-classroom skills test.
*Please make sure you either bring a Certificate of Completion to your appointment or email the PDF file to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more detailed information on eLearning, key purchasing, course navigation, and AHA Technical Support, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page directly from the AHA website. The link has been provided below.