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CPR/AED Training

The Office for Research Services (ORS), Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS), Community Health Branch (CHB), manages the CPR/AED Training Program and the AEDs in NIH facilities both on and off campus in many locations. The objective of NIH’s Public Access Defibrillator Program is to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instruction with the use of  automated external defibrillators (AEDs) that are located within NIH facilities.  In the event of a cardiac arrest, the AED can be used to apply electrical shocks that can restore normal cardiac rhythm until paramedics arrive on site. Training is available to NIH employees in order to support the goal of making the NIH community a safer place to work for the NIH workforce. For additional information about this program contact the AED Program Manager in the ORS, DOHS, CHB at (301) 496-2960 or via e-mail.

Select one of the links below for more information:

CPR/AED Training

Note: Training is limited to NIH Employees, long-term contractors and special assigned personnel.

The training and participation of the NIH community members is a vital component of the Public Access Defibrillation Program. The training covers the use of an AED and CPR for an adult. 

ORS, DOHS offers two types of CPR/AED training:


1.  Healthcare Provider CPR/AED Training

2.  Lay Responder CPR/AED Training


Both training offerings provides the following:  

  • Two year certification.

  • Free to all NIH Employees.

  • Follows the Guidelines set forth by the American Heart Association.

  • Database tracking with renewal notification 90 days before your current card expires.

  • Training on the current Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) that are both on and off campus of NIH.

Healthcare Provider CPR/AED Training:

Healthcare Provider CPR/AED Training is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals (i.e. physicians, nurses, those who work in patient contact areas, clinical staff, or NIH Public Health Service) the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner.  It is mandatory for healthcare providers to take this training. Only individuals at NIH, providing healthcare, may enroll and take the Healthcare Provider AED/CPR Training.


Healthcare providers interested in being certified for Healthcare Provider CPR/AED Training may register here.

Lay Responder CPR/AED Training:

Lay Responder CPR/AED Training teaches individuals (not healthcare providers) critical skills needed to respond to and manage a first aid, choking or sudden cardiac arrest emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives.   This course does not fulfill Healthcare Provider Certification.   If you are a healthcare provider, you must enroll and take the Healthcare Provider AED/CPR Training, not the Lay Responder AED/CPR Training.


If your institute, organization or building would like to schedule a Lay Responder CPR/AED Training at your location, contact the AED Program Manager in the Community Health Branch, DOHS, ORS at (301) 496-2960 or via e-mail.


Individuals interested in being certified for Lay Responder CPR/AED Training may register here.


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AED Locations

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) have been placed at the following locations:
Select Campus:    
AEDs in Building 1
1st Floor Lobby Across From Elevator
2nd Floor Next To Elevator
3rd Floor Next To Elevator
Basement Floor Across From Elevator

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