CPR classes and CPR certifications are more complicated than they used to be. Many employers require that their staff be CPR certified but there are many different choices on the market. How do you choose the right certification?
The last thing that you want to do is sit through a 4 hour CPR class only to realize that your employer won’t accept your card! Now you’re out both money and time. Here’s how to save both:
First, ask your boss! (Sounds easy right? The truth is, most people don’t know how many different types of certifications there are out there so they don’t know to ask.)
If your job requires that you have a CPR card, there is a good chance that they will provide the training for you – eliminating the need for you to pay and choose the right certification.
Online CPR classes are not accepted at many organizations. Although it is easy and cheap, many schools and other businesses have strict rules against online CPR classes.
There are three major types of CPR certifications available. Here is the down and dirty on each:
American Heart Association
American Heart Association (AHA) is the most widely accepted type of CPR card out there. If you have a job that works in a hospital or medical setting, take an American Heart CPR class. Almost all hospitals require AHA cards and they don’t expire until 2 years from the date of the class.
American Red Cross CPR Classes Chicago
The Red Cross CPR certification is not as widely accepted as the American Heart Association card and it is only good for 1 year. Also, Red Cross classes typically cost as much, if not more, than AHA classes.
American Safety and Health Institute
If you are not working in the medical field, American Safety and Health Institute CPR classes are the way to go. They are through, inexpensive, and come with a digital book that is updated as CPR guidelines change. All of their CPR cards are good for 2 years just like AHA as well.
In the next segment of the series, we will go into detail about the classes offered: BLS for the Healthcare Provider, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Heartsaver CPR, and ASHI CPR … Happy reading!
Zack Zarrilli is a Firefighter and the owner of SureFire CPR. His company di lui is comprised of Firefighters, Paramedics, Lifeguards, and EMTs who teach hundreds of CPR, AED, and First Aid classes every year. SureFire CPR’s instructors teach from their own real world experience and specialize in on-site CPR and First Aid training in all of Southern California.