Whether it is required or not by your state, we encourage everyone to get training. In some states, training is required if you own an AED. For example, Colorado requires that all entities acquiring AEDs ensure that expected users receive training on how to use the AED. The course must be completed to nationally recognized standards and needs to be approved by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Additionally, Florida requires that all schools and state parks that have an AED must ensure that employees or volunteers that are expected to use the AED receive the proper training.
There are a number of states that require AED training for any entity that acquires an AED. There are also additional AED laws that are required by many states, some of which include CPR training. Take a look at your state to make sure that you are in compliance with the local and state laws.
If you are thinking about getting AED training, you should also consider CPR training. The two most important factors needed to save the life of someone suffering from sudden cardiac arrest are performing high-quality CPR and using an AED. These two things go hand in hand when there is a sudden cardiac arrest emergency. It is crucial to perform CPR immediately while someone retrieves the AED. This allows the blood to keep circulating through the body and gives the victim a fighting chance until the AED arrives or first responders.