Requirement Breakdown

  • Funding is available from the 2013-2014 school year through June 2017.
  • To be eligible for funding, school districts must use a minimum of one high school class period for training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automatic external defibrillator (AED).  Training may occur in the class of their own choosing.
  • CPR education does not need to cover all victim sizes (adult/child/infant) but does require a hands-on component to training.

Excerpts from Bill

“In order to be eligible for a reimbursement under this section, a school district shall set aside one high school class period in a required course of the district’s choosing, for the purpose of providing instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation to as many students as possible. The training must:

a. Conform to American Heart Association guidelines; b. Include the practice of chest compressions; and c. Include instruction in the use of an automated external defibrillator. 2. a. Upon completion of the training, the school district may submit to the superintendent of public instruction documentation verifying the training and any expenses incurred by the district in providing the training. b. For purposes of this section, “reimbursable expenses” include costs for instructors, instructional materials, and training manikins. c. A school district’s reimbursement may not exceed the equivalent of $30 multiplied by the number of district students undergoing the training.”

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Excerpts from State Board of Education

Steps to Become Eligible for Reimbursement

To become eligible, districts need to take the following steps:

1. Determine which grade, students and required class will receive the training.

2. Determine level of training and qualified trainer.

3. Determine when training will be offered (semester and year).

4. Implement the CPR/AED training for students.

5. Complete and submit the required form found at and include supporting documentation.

School districts are given flexibility to implement training in any way that best meets individual school needs as long as the above training requirements are met. Districts are encouraged to collaborate with agencies listed in the “Contacts” section to determine the best program for their students.

Comprehensive Course: A comprehensive 4 to 6 hour training covers instruction in First Aid, CPR, and use of an AED. This type of training may be implemented over the course of several class periods. Considerations: This level of training is highly recommended as it provides a more comprehensive experience, preparing students for a multitude of health situations. Students who complete the course will be certified in CPR, AED use and First Aid.

Intermediate Course: This training level thoroughly covers CPR and AED instruction in 2 to 4 hours and can be completed over multiple class periods. Considerations: Students would be certified in CPR and AED use. The training does not include the First Aid portion included in the Comprehensive Course.

Abbreviated Course: This training level covers only the basics of CPR and AED instruction. Considerations: This training meets the requirements of SB 2013 and can be taught by school staff who are not certified, but are knowledgeable in CPR and use of an AED. It does not include the First Aid portion that is included in the Comprehensive Course and does not include the extended instruction included in the Intermediate Course. Students would not receive formal certification.

Requests for reimbursement will be processed in the order received at the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. SB 2013 appropriated $450,000 in funding to cover the costs over the next two years for this training. Requests must be submitted 30 days after the training and no later than: – June 15, 2016 for the 2015-2016 school year and – June 15, 2017 for the 2016-2017 school year.

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Student CPR Programs that Meet This Requirement

These training programs may be used to qualify for CPR Training reimbursement in North Dakota:
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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