College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

Emergency First Aid, CPR and Use of AED Certification or Training

To meet the state of Virginia requirement for certification or training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the use of automated external defibrillators (based on the current national evidence-based guidelines for CPR and AED), all students enrolled in "initial licensure" state-approved educator preparation programs — or applying for initial licensure — will need to present evidence of completing First Aid, AED and hands-on CPR training. Hybrid training courses (online and in-person CPR skills training) will be accepted.

  • Recommended Training: American Red Cross or American Heart Association First Aid/CPR/AED Certification with "hands-on" component.
  • Other providers will be accepted (ex: school division completion certificate) so long as all three training components are completed.
  • If you currently hold a full Virginia teaching license that reflects completion of First Aid, AED and CPR training, you can send a copy of your license to internsh@gmu.edu to verify completion of this requirement.

Any person with a disability whose disability prevents him or her from completing the certification or training may submit a request for a waiver from the new requirement: Acceptable Evidence: Request for Waiver Form)


Verification that the Emergency First Aid, CPR, and Use of AED Certification or Training requirement must be submitted and documented in the Mason system (i.e. Banner/PatriotWeb) by the application deadline. Students must submit their proof of training certificate or card to the Clinical Practice Coordinator to have the requirement reflected as met in the Mason system; documents can be scanned/e-mailed to internsh@gmu.edu or dropped-off in Thompson Hall, Suite 2300.

NOTE: Your G-Number must be clearly noted (visible and legible) on the face of the document(s) that you submit.