Seizure Recognition and First Aid Certification (Instructor-Led) - 2021 Registration

75 minutes
Check the schedule for upcoming training. All times are in ET.
Access from anywhere (Online)
Certificate of Completion
CE Credits Available
2-year certification

The Seizure Recognition and First Aid Certification course formally educates the public on the Epilepsy Foundation’s approved procedures for recognizing seizures and responding to someone having a seizure.

This course aims to increase the knowledge, skill, and confidence in applying seizure first aid. The first aid procedures in the guide reflects the standard of knowledge and current best practices. This information is presented in a format suited for direct training of the public. Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a two-year certification.

Participants will be able to meet the following learning objectives:
Define seizures and epilepsy
Identify correct and incorrect steps for helping a person having a seizure
Identify when it would be necessary to call emergency personnel (911) in the event of a seizure
For technical support, please contact:
Online Course Support Team
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 847-348-0373
Business hours: 9am to 5pm EST
Monday to Friday (Excluding US holidays)
Who should be Seizure First Aid Certified?

While everyone should know basic seizure first aid, becoming Seizure First Aid Certified takes you further. You will learn how to recognize signs of a seizure and how to use the basic first aid steps in different settings, for different seizure types and when medical help may be needed.

Seizure First Aid Certification is designed for people who:

  • Have a family member, loved one, or friend with seizures.
  • Have a job where you provide care for people with seizures.
  • Have a job where you work with the public or work with someone who has seizures.
  • Coach or lead groups.
  • Work, play, or live in areas or settings where seizures could occur.
How can I become Seizure First Aid Certified?

Seizure First Aid Certification Training is offered online with instructor-led webinars. It will also be available through in-person trainings with your local Epilepsy Foundation. 

Enroll in a LIVE instructor-led training session by clicking the Start Online Course Button above. (If you are taking the training with others, each person needs to enroll separately.) 

To gain access to a LIVE instructor-led session managed by the National Epilepsy Office, follow the below instructions:

BEFORE attending the LIVE webinar: 

  1. Complete the first part of the course, which includes a demographic survey, knowledge, and confidence assessment. 
  2. Navigate to the LIVE Session Zoom Registration Links lesson in the online course. 
  3. Access the link to register for one of the LIVE webinar sessions. 
  4. Access your LIVE webinar (Zoom) participant link from the Zoom registration confirmation page.  

AFTER registering and attending the LIVE instructor-led webinar: 

  1. Attend the LIVE instructor-led webinar. Please allow 75 minutes to attend the live session and arrive on time. 
  2. Stay to the end of the LIVE session to receive instructions and a link to access the post-course assessments and evaluation. 
  3. After attending the LIVE webinar, use the link provided during the webinar to complete the post-course assessment and evaluation here on the Epilepsy Learning Portal. 
  4. Upon successfully passing the knowledge portion of the post-course assessment you will become Seizure First Aid Certified.
How long does the certification last?
The certification lasts 2 years. You will be sent an email to recertify every 2 years with a shorter online class.
Are There Any Prerequisites To Take The Course?
There are no prerequisites to take the course.
What Materials Or Equipment Do I Need To Take The Online Course?
You need access to a computer or device (smart phone, tablet, etc.) with reliable, high-speed internet. The browser must support JavaScript.
How Long Does It Take To Complete The Course Online?
Time to complete the course varies by each user. The course includes pre-course assessments, LIVE instructor-led training session via Zoom, and post-assessments. Please allow 75 minutes to attend the live session.
Are Continuing Education Units Available?

If you are a certified health education specialist (CHES™/MCHES™), you will be eligible for continuing education credits after completing the course and passing the post-assessment and completing the course evaluation.

This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES™) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES™) to receive up to 1.5 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0. Provider ID#: 121739

How Do I Get Credit For Taking The Course?
Upon completing the course, you must complete the online post-assessment and evaluation to receive a certificate of completion.
How Long Is The Post-Assessment?
The post-assessment consists of several multiple-choice questions.
Accommodation Requests

The Epilepsy Foundation is committed to providing resources that are accessible to people of all abilities. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact the Epilepsy Learning Portal Support Team Team: [email protected]. Requests should be made as soon as possible but at least two weeks prior to the scheduled meeting. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

Acknowledgments/Disclaimers

This program is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award under cooperative agreement number 1U58DP0026256-02-00, CFDA 93.850, funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Instructors must divulge at the beginning of the course any vested interest in any product, instrument, device or materials that may be used in the learning event.

Anti-Discrimination Statement

The Epilepsy Foundation is committed to providing equal opportunities for all persons and does not discriminate or retaliate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, disability, citizenship or legal immigration status, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state and local laws (“protected status”). The following individuals have been designated to receive inquiries or complaints regarding the Foundation’s anti-discrimination policy:

Employees contact:
Name: Danielle Solomon
Title: Vice President, Human Resources
e-mail: [email protected]

Students, prospective students and third parties contact:
Name: LaQueisa Haynes-Smith
Title: Director, Training & Education
e-mail: [email protected]

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