Its important to recognize that online training only involves cognitive learning (acquiring factual knowledge). Comprehensive emergency care training typically involves learning psychomotor (physical) skills that require movement, coordination, strength and speed, such as CPR. The only way to really learn a physical skill is by substantial HANDS-ON practice.
Emergency care skills, particularly CPR skills, decay rapidly after initial training. Consequently, and in the interest of public health and safety, many health care providers and other persons required by their employers or by state or federal occupational licensing regulations to be trained are typically expected to demonstrate HANDS-ON skill proficiency. A certification card issued by a qualified instructor affiliated with a reputable, recognized training organization is documentary evidence that the holder has demonstrated their skill proficiency. Accordingly, all major sponsors of emergency care training have a credible and documented process designed to ensure that instructors only issue certification cards following HANDS-ON training and practical skills assessment.
Be CAUTIOUS of any website that offers a certification card after completing a 100% ONLINE-ONLY course. Such cards are NOT LIKELY to be accepted by state regulatory authorities, and may NOT meet your employers requirements.