2018 ACLS and PALS eCards


The American Heart Association has developed a new method of issuing their ACLS & PALS Cards. Currently we still issue BLS, CPR, and First-aid cards in the paper version, but our ACLS and PALS cards will be issued electronically.

When does this start? 
January 1, 2018

“Dear American Heart Association Training Center,

Beginning January 1, 2018, all US-based AHA Training Centers (TCs) will be required to use AHA eCards for issuing course completion cards to providers and students who successfully complete the requirements of AHA courses.

For those AHA TCs not currently using eCards, this conversion to eCards will be required upon renewal of your AHA TC Agreement (TCA). Also, TCs currently issuing both eCards and print cards will convert to eCards only upon TCA renewal.”

aha eCards


What is an eCard?
An eCard is the electronic equivalent of a printed course completion card and can be provided to students as proof of their certification. The new eCards are valid course completion cards and can be presented to employers as proof of successful completion of an AHA course.

Can I receive the regular paper version?
No, the American Heart Association is switching over to the more secure version of ACLS and PALS cards, so it is not possible to receive the out-dated paper cards. However, you can print out your eCard.

Why is the AHA now offering eCards?
The eCards have been designed based on many years of insight from the AHA Training Network and they are more secure than printed cards. Regular printed cards can result in security risks and counterfeit cards. The new eCards make the job of issuing course completion cards simple and secure, helping to mitigate risks that can accompany issuance of paper cards.

What are the benefits of using the new eCards
* Higher security and reduced risk of fraudulent cards.
* Environmentally friendly – Students can easily forward their card to a supervisor by email.
* Ability to validate an eCard through the AHA website.
* Students will receive their card in 1 business day or sooner.

I did not receive my eCard. What should I do? 
1. Check your email or spam folder for an email from: eCards@heart.org
2. Follow the directions to view your card.
3. If still cannot view, call us at 415-437-1600.

How can a supervisor validate the validity of an eCard?
Check to see if the eCard is valid

Memo from American Heart Association About the eCards:

Sample  ACLS eCard

American Heart Association eCard