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The CPR Lady Training Center began operating as an American Heart Association Training Center in March 1994. The Training Center is family owned and operated. We offer a unique business model teaching both Providers and AHA Instructors at multiple training locations throughout southern California including Orange, LA, San Diego, and Riverside Counties, as well as, San Luis Obispo and Sacramento. We have over 700+ Instructors including nurses, paramedics and physicians possessing professional experience and backgrounds in Emergency Care, Critical Care, Prehospital Care, and Nursing Education. Our Instructors have developed expertise in course content through extensive clinical experience and frequent teaching of the AHA curriculum and are promoted as they develop and grow their independent businesses.

Training Center services include coaching Instructors and Training Sites, as well as, developing marketing strategies for CPR, BLS, ACLS, PALS, NRP and First Aid in the community.

The CPR Lady business model focuses on conducting classes for small groups with personalized instruction and attention to quality. The small group format and individual attention promotes a less stressful setting in which students are encouraged to ask questions and interact in a non-threatening environment. This format also provides for a nearly 100% pass rate because extra time and attention can be provided to students who require additional assistance. The small size of our classes and individual attention allows for shorter classes than those generally conducted in hospital settings. Our students upon leaving class say that they have learned more in our class than any of their previous classes. The CPR Lady will change the way that you learn and think about Basic and Advanced Life Support Certification and Renewal.


In 2017, The CPR Lady Training Center issued over 60,000+ AHA completion cards in BLS, ACLS and PALS and has over 700+ Instructors aligned.

During 2012 - 2013, The CPR Lady was recognized by the American Heart Association as a Top 1% Training Center in the USA.

In 2010, The CPR Lady card volume grew to 38,000 and was the 8th largest AHA Training Center in the USA with continued growth through 2013.

In 2009, The CPR Lady Training Center issued over 21,000 AHA course completion cards and was the 3rd largest Training Center in California.

Our Founder

Helen McCracken is the founder and owner of The CPR Lady Training Center and has been involved with the American Heart Association for over 30+ years at all levels - local, state, and national. Helen has been an AHA volunteer, Instructor, Training Center Coordinator, Regional Faculty and BLS National Faculty. Helen completed a four (4) year appointment on the AHA National First Aid Committee. She was involved in writing the 2010 Guidelines for First Aid and development of the First Aid materials, video, and mobile app. Helen served as a member-at-large on the ECC Greater San Diego Regional Committee for Southern California. In June 2013, she was appointed as an American Heart Association National Volunteer. July 2015 to June 2018, Helen was a member of the California ECC Committee and served as Chair of the Quality Assurance & Quality Improvement committee.

In 2017 and again in 2018, the California ECC Committee and members were recognized for achieving "Silver ECC Committee Recognition." The award recognized their commitment to the American Heart Association's lifesaving mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Because of their dedication, passion and volunteer spirit, lives are being saved and improved throughout the community.

The CPR Lady provides American Heart Association CPR BLS Provider and Instructor certifications and renewals throughout Southern California including Orange County, LA County, San Diego County, and Inland Empire, as well as, San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, Sacramento County and the San Francisco Bay Area. The CPR Lady is authorized to issue AHA cards in California, Arizona and Nevada.


The communities of South Orange County, North Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, San Diego County, Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Capistrano Beach, Cerritos, Costa Mesa, Coto de Caza, Cypress, Dana Point, El Toro, Emerald Bay, Foothill Ranch, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Mirada, La Palma, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, La Habra, Lake Forest, La Mirada, Long Beach, Midway City, Mission Viejo, Newport Bay, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Orange, Placentia, Portola Hills, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Joaquin Hills, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Santa Ana Heights, Stanton, Trabuco Canyon, Tustin, Tustin Foothills, Villa Park, Westminster, Whittier, Yorba Linda.


The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.


The CPR Lady is an authorized provider of Continuing Education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Dental Board of California, California Department of Public Health and California Emergency Medical Services Authority. The CPR Lady offers CEUs to Certified Medical Assistants (CMA), Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA), Home Health Aides (HHA), Certified Personal Trainers (CPT) with American Council on Exercise (ACE), Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), National Council of Strength and Fitness (NCSF), and National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT), Dentists (DDS or DMD), Dental Assistants (RDA), Dental Hygienists (RDH), Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), Paramedics (Medic), Physicians (MD), Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN), Psychiatric Technicians (Psych Tech), Occupational Therapists (OT), Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA), Pharmacists (RPh), Pharmacy Technician (Ph Tech), Physician Assistants (PA), Physical Therapists (PT), Physical Therapy Assistants (PTA), Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCP), Respiratory Therapists (RT), Registered Nurses (RN) and Nurse Practitioners (NP).

Students must request CEUs at the time of class, state their profession, give their license number, and sign the CEU Roster. CEUs cannot be issued after the class is completed and closed.


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