In 2014, New York became the 19th state to make learning how to perform CPR and use automated defibrillators (AEDs) a graduation requirement for its high school students. The law requires the state Commissioner of Education to make recommendations on training students in providing CPR and using AEDs. The law only requires that school children receive training in basic skills, but does not require certification.
Other states where CPR training is mandatory for high school graduates include Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. According to ProTrainings, Illinois, Indiana, and Maryland offer the training, but have not made it a requirement for graduation.
This new law should give authorized CPR training providers with opportunities to offer their services to local school organizations.