RFI: Statewide CPR, First Aid and AED Instructor Training and Certification

Issued:  January 27, 2022

Responses Due:  February 16, 2022 by 2pm ET



The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is seeking information and collecting input from interested parties regarding the preparation of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Statewide CPR, First Aid and AED Instructor Training and Certification.  OPWDD is seeking one (1) vendor to provide statewide services including new Instructor training and certification, Instructor recertification training, and certification and recertification of OPWDD employees trained by OPWDD Instructors.  The vendor would provide training, curriculum, course materials, certification eCards, and support.  Only new OPWDD employees hired to be Instructors will require new Instructor training.  Instructor training requirements include up to 50 new Instructor certifications statewide for year 1, approximately 30 per year for years 2 through 5, and the remaining Instructors will require ongoing recertification as their certifications expire.


OPWDD’s goals in issuing this RFI are to:

  • Gather information from potential vendors in establishing a statewide solution for CPR, First Aid and AED Instructor training and certification to be provided by one (1) vendor.
  • Elicit ideas and/or recommendations on how to structure an RFP encompassing needed services.
  • Identify potential challenges and/or roadblocks related to OPWDD’s requirements.



Currently, OPWDD District Offices contract with several different nationally recognized vendors (ARC, AHA, NSC) to provide CPR, First Aid and AED Instructor training.  OPWDD Instructors train and certify approximately 7,500 OPWDD employees annually.  OPWDD currently has 160 Instructors statewide and expects to maintain approximately 215 Instructors statewide. 

OPWDD operates 13 District Offices with 15 locations in the State, and within 6 designated Regions.  See the OPWDD Regions and District Offices attachment for a complete list of OPWDD District Office locations.


Requested Information

See the RFI Form attachment for information being requested.

Please complete the RFI Form  and return all of the requested information electronically to [email protected].


THIS IS A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) ONLY.  This RFI is issued solely for information and planning purposes - it does not constitute a Request for Proposal (RFP) or an Invitation for Bid (IFB) or a promise to issue an RFP or an IFB.  This RFI does not commit OPWDD to contract for any supply or service whatsoever.  Vendors are advised that OPWDD will not pay for any information or administrative costs incurred in response to this RFI; all costs associated with responding to this RFI will be solely at the interested party’s expense. Not responding to this RFI does not preclude participation in any future RFP or IFB, if any are issued.