Career Step Broadens Career Education Focus with Acquisition of Emergency Certifications, Inc.

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Career Step, an online provider of career-focused education and corporate training, has broadened its career education focus through the acquisition of Emergency Certifications, Inc., a Kirkland, Washington, based company providing continuing education training for healthcare workers on advanced cardiac life support (ACLS). The transaction was finalized June 12, 2015.

“Career Step’s mission is focused on helping people improve their lives and business results through education, and this acquisition allows us to broaden our reach into the continuing education market,” said Career Step President and CEO Steve Tober. “Offering continuing education credits to healthcare providers will enable Career Step to provide a greater array of programs and training in the healthcare arena, which represents the fastest growing sector in our country. We are confident that we can build on what Emergency Certifications has already accomplished in helping people advance and augment their careers.”

Emergency Certifications was founded in 2011 by Amin Pezeshk when he began researching advanced cardiac life support protocols after experiencing his own health event. The company has since grown to become one of the leading sources of ACLS certification and recertification in the nation and internationally.

“I am confident that the resources and expertise that Career Step bring will enable ACLS.com to accelerate its mission to offer a fast, easy and efficient platform to certify the growing number of healthcare professionals in ACLS, BLS and PALS training,” said Mr. Pezeshk, CEO and Founder of Emergency Certifications.

Career Step became interested in the business when considering ways to expand its own continuing education offerings. The healthcare focus aligned well with Career Step’s existing products, and the acquisition provides the opportunity to broaden Career Step’s education strategy.

“Historically Career Step has offered programs focused on taking people with limited knowledge in the field to confident, well-trained professionals ready to start successful careers,” said Career Step CMO Ryan Ewer. “The Emergency Certifications model expands our offerings and reach within the healthcare market by providing four to six hour continuing education courses for professionals who are already working and established in their field. We are excited about the opportunity of broadening our education strategy with this new market and feel there are significant opportunities for us as we apply best practices learned over the course of our 20 plus years in business.”

Career Step will run the Emergency Certifications business as a separate division within its current business structure. Certification and recertification in ACLS, basic life support (BLS), pediatric advanced life support (PALS) and neonatal resuscitation program (NRP) are all available. More information can be found at aclscertification.com.

About Career Step
Career Step, an online provider of career-focused education and corporate training, has trained over 85,000 students, has more than 150 partnerships with colleges and universities nationwide, and provides training for several of the most respected healthcare employers in the nation. Career Step is committed to helping students and corporate employees alike gain the skills they need to be successful in the workplace, improving lives and business results through education. Career Step’s training programs are currently focused in healthcare, technology and administration, and more information can be found at www.careerstep.com or 1-800-246-7836.

About Emergency Certifications, Inc.
Emergency Certifications is a leader in American Heart Association based training, offering fast, convenient, and 100% online ACLS, PALS, BLS and NRP certification and recertification courses that can be completed in several hours from any computer, tablet or smartphone. The company’s nationally and internationally recognized online programs, created by licensed and certified U.S. physicians, follows current AHA and ECC guidelines. More information can be found at www.acls.com.


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