Requirement Breakdown

  • Graduation requirement is effective as of the 2015-2016 school year.
  • School districts must provide one time cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automatic external defibrillator (AED) instruction.
  • CPR instruction must be taught according to current, evidence-based emergency cardiac care guidelines by a program that is nationally recognized
  • Training must include a psychomotor component
  • Licensed teachers are not required to be certified as a CPR/AED instructor in order to instruct students in CPR
  • CPR courses that result in certification must be taught by a certified CPR or AED instructor.

Excerpts from Bill

“The commissioner shall base the standards for instruction of CPR and AED use on….[a] program that is nationally recognized and uses the most current national evidence-based emergency cardiovascular guidelines and incorporates psychomotor skills development into the instruction. The standards for instruction on AED use may not require the use of an AED but must include an explanation of AED use. A licensed teacher may not be required to be certified as a CPR or AED trainer or to facilitate, provide or oversee CPR or AED instruction.”

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Excerpts from State Board of Education


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Student CPR Programs that Meet This Requirement

These training programs will qualify for the State of Maine's Legislation Requirements:
  Student CPR Awareness Level Community CPR Certification Program
Supplies Needed Adult Manikin, AED Trainer Adult & Infant Manikin, AED Trainer
Initial Evaluator Training Time 20-30 minutes 4-5 hours
Online Course Time 1 hour training, 20 minute test 1 hour training, 20 minute test
Hands-On Time (per group) 10-15 minutes 20-25 minutes
Certification Level No certification 2-year Community CPR Certification
Cost for Students & Evaluators FREE FREE

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