Requirement Breakdown

  • Requirement effective for the 2011-2012 school year
  • High Schools may provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automatic external defibrillator (AED) instruction in a course of their choice.
  • Training must be based on an instructional program established by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross or another program which is nationally recognized and uses the most current national evidence-based Emergency Cardiovascular Care guidelines.
  • CPR education does not need to cover all victim sizes (adult/child/infant).
  • CPR education must have a hands-on component.

Excerpts from Bill

“Beginning in the 2010-11 school year, each school board operating high school grades, the operator of each charter school established under s. 118.40 (2r) that operates high school grades, and the governing body of each private school that operates high school grades shall offer instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, cardiocerebral resuscitation, and the use of an automated external defibrillator to pupils enrolled in the high school grades in the school district, charter school, or private school.

The school board, operator of the charter school, or governing body of the private school shall use either of the following, and shall incorporate into the instruction the psychomotor skills necessary to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and cardiocerebral resuscitation and to use an automated external defibrillator: (a) An instructional program developed by the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association. (b) Nationally recognized, evidence-based guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and cardiocerebral resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator.”

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Excerpts from State Board of Education


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Student CPR Programs that Meet This Requirement

School districts are able to meet the Wisconsin CPR education requirement with either of the two programs below.  Student CPR can be used to provide either an Awareness level course or a Certification level course to students.
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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