In many cases, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation certification can be verified with a card that is provided upon completion of a CPR program. This verification card is valid for two years and confirms that the card holder is qualified to work in emergency situations. However, there are steps you can take to verify CPR certification when a card is not enough proof.
Ask the person whose CPR certification you're verifying for the wallet card she received when she completed the CPR course. This is the quickest way to verify CPR certification. Also, you can ask the person to request a sealed school transcript for your records. This provides additional verification that the person completed the CPR certification based on the course identification number.
Review the card for authenticity. The card should include the person's full name. It should have an expiration date as well as a license number. The card is valid for two years from the issue date. Look on the front and back of the card for information.
Check with the education provider for evidence of training participation. Most likely, you will need to ask the person you're verifying for the name of the education provider. Call or write the training organization and request a letter of confirmation that the individual completed the CPR course. You may be able to obtain a letter from a former instructor to find out more about the person's competency as a CPR student.
Check the CPR certification card holder's former or current employer about the list of skills mentioned on her application. Typically, CPR is a skill that is listed on applications. Employers may have already completed background screening on the individual, which saves you time on verifying CPR certification.
Some schools may provide a certification form that can be obtained for verification purposes; see the referenced example from the Indiana Department of Education. Read the American Heart Association's guidelines for details on CPR and any updates to the procedure.