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CPR Training: 3 Steps To Find the Right Training, the First Time
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CPR Training: 3 Steps To Find the Right Training, the First Time

CPR training is a necessary step to many careers and hobbies.  Finding the right type of training for you can be confusing.  It is easy for professionals and laypeople to become confused about the different types of CPR training available and ultimately waste time and money taking incorrect and inadequate courses.

Here is the 3-step process to find the right class, the first time.

Step 1:  Determine your training type: Medical license or school?  Personal training, scouting, teaching or personal need?  If you need training for a medical license or school, you will need a professional-level certification.  This certification may be labeled: BLS, BLS provider, healthcare provider, or similar.  If you need training for another need, this is a layperson-level certification.  This certification may be labeled: lay-responder, heartsaver, civilian, workplace or similar.

Step 2:  Find the training certification provider.  There are many different providers.  The American Heart Association (AHA) and American Red Cross (ARC) are the two most popular. Others include ASHI, ECSI and similar.   Verify that your licensing body will accept the certification provider.

Most healthcare professionals and schools require AHA certification, while laypersons may be able to take another type.  At the time of this article, the AHA does not recognize any other provider as being “equivalent” thus professionals who take another type of training may have their certification denied by their licensing body.  Always verify with your licensing body what restrictions they have on your training provider.

Step 3:  Find a class.  The different CPR Providers have websites that have tools you can use to find a course.  While an internet search engine will find providers in your area, they may not offer the type of training that your license requires.  For instance, the AHA and ARC list authorized providers on their websites, searchable by zip code and class type.  Using the website will ensure that the trainer you find in your area is authorized to provide the training you need.  Classes may be all in-classroom or blended online with in-person skills.  Both result in certification, so take the type that works best for you and your schedule.

Following these three steps will ensure that when you are ready to recertify in CPR, whatever your level, you will take the right class, the first time.

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