First Aid Certifications for NYS Children's Camp Staff

Fact Sheet – March 2018

Subpart 7-2 of the State Sanitary Code requires the health director, other staff specified in Section 7-2.8, and certain camp trip and activity leaders1 to possess valid certification in first aid. The courses listed below have been accepted by the Department as being equivalent to or exceeding first aid course standards specified in Section 7-2.2(m). Some medical personnel may possess training and experience that is equivalent to or exceeds this certification requirement. Documentation demonstrating training should be submitted to the local permit-issuing official for evaluation.

Acceptable certifications for camp cardiopulmonary resuscitation staff are listed on the Fact Sheet, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification for NYS Children's Camps and NYS Bathing Facilities.


ACCEPTED COURSES
First Aid certifications are valid for the time period specified by the provider, but may not exceed three years from the date of course completion.
Provider Certification Title
American Red Cross Emergency Medical Response - Title may include "Review" or "Challenge"
Responding to Emergencies - Any certification title containing the wording "Responding to Emergencies" is acceptable, including "Review" or "Challenge"
Wilderness and Remote First Aid
American Safety & Health Institute Advanced First Aid - Certification must be accompanied by a Recognition of Participation in the ASHI training program approved by the New York State Department of Health
Basic Wilderness First Aid
Wilderness First Aid
Wilderness First Responder
Wilderness EMT
Canadian Red Cross Society Standard First Aid & CPR
Emergency Care and Safety Institute Advanced First Aid
Emergency Medical Responder
Wilderness First Aid BSA (16 hours) (course title–Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid)
Wilderness First Aid Basic
Wilderness First Aid Standard
Wilderness First Aid Advanced Level
National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians2 Emergency Medical Responder
Emergency Medical Technician
Advanced Emergency Medical Technician
Paramedic
National Safety Council Emergency Medical Response
Advanced First Aid (course title - Advanced First Aid, CPR & AED)
National Ski Patrol Outdoor Emergency Care Technician
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Summer Camp First Aid for Camp Counselors and Camp Directors
New York State Department of Health Certified First Responder
EMT - Basic
Advanced Emergency Medical Technician
Critical Care
Paramedic
NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute
(formerly Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School)
Wilderness Advanced First Aid
Wilderness First Responder
Wilderness EMT
St. John Ambulance Canada Medical First Responder
Emergency Medical Responder
Standard First Aid
SOLO Wilderness Emergency Medicine Wilderness First Aid
Wilderness First Responder
Wilderness EMT
Wilderness Medical Associates Wilderness Advanced First Aid
Wilderness First Responder
Wilderness EMT
Wilderness First Aid 16 Hours - Wilderness First Aid option B – 16 Hours is not acceptable
SUMMER DAY CAMP
At a SUMMER DAY CAMP, when the camp's program does not include equestrian, bicycling, challenge course, rock climbing, boating, riflery, archery, motorized recreational vehicles, wilderness hiking/activities, and similar activities; and emergency medical care is available within 10 minutes, the following certifications may be substituted for the above courses. These certifications may not satisfy the requirement for camp CPR certified staff. Acceptable certifications for CPR are listed on the Fact Sheet titled Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification for NYS Children's Camps and NYS Bathing Facilities.
Provider Certification Title
American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid - Optional Module "Exam" or "Written Test" must not be marked out
Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED - Optional Module "Exam" or "Written Test" must not be marked out
Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED - Optional Modules "Pediatric First Aid" and "Exam" or "Written Test" must not be marked out
American Lifeguard Association Community First Aid Instructor Led - Certificate must include words "Instructor Led"
American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED - Title may include "Review" or "Challenge"
First Aid/CPR/AED - Title may include "Review" or "Challenge"
CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers with First Aid - Title may include "Review" or "Challenge"
Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED - Title may include "Review"
American Safety & Health Institute Basic First Aid - Certification must be accompanied by a Recognition of Participation in the ASHI training program approved by the New York State Department of Health
Pediatric CPR, AED, and First Aid - Certification must be accompanied by a Recognition of Participation in the ASHI training program approved by the New York State Department of Health
Emergency Care and Safety Institute First Aid for NY Day Camps, Basic Level
EMS Safety Services Inc. (EMS Safety) First Aid (course title – First Aid)
CPR, First Aid (course title – CPR, AED and First Aid)
Medic First Aid PediatricPlus CPR, AED, and First Aid - Certification must be accompanied by a Recognition of Participation in Medic First Aid training program approved by the New York State Department of Health
National Safety Council First Aid (course title - First Aid or First Aid, CPR & AED)

Footnotes

  1. A trip leader of a camp trip that includes an activity where emergency medical care is not readily available or an activity such as wilderness hiking, rock climbing, camping, horseback riding, bicycling, swimming and/or boating shall possess or be accompanied by staff who possess certifications in one of the above acceptable courses; for camp trip swimming activities where emergency medical care is readily available, the certifications listed below may be substituted. An activity leader of an activity on the camp property where other staff certified in first aid in accordance with Section 7-2.8 of Subpart 7-2 is not readily available, shall possess or be accompanied by staff who possess certifications in one of the above acceptable courses.
  2. Most states utilize the National curriculum for their EMT certifications. Individuals that can provide proof that their state utilizes the National curriculum may be accepted. EMT certifications from states that do not utilize the National curriculum may be accepted on a case by case basis.