Is CPR certification the same as BCLS certification?

CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) certification is not necessarily the same as BCLS (basic cardiac life support) certification. Both the American Red Cross and American Heart Association offer CPR certification for lay people, which is not identical to BCLS certification. However, CPR certification for health care professionals is identical to BCLS certification.


BLS Handbook for Healthcare Providers; American Heart Association; 2006