CPR Certification a Major Plus for Teachers
This is easy: the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association holds classes on CPR throughout the United States through a variety affiliates. Look up these associations online to find their local offices. Municipal fire companies give classes in CPR for cheaper and frequently throw in lessons in First Aid as well. Hospitals often give classes in CPR, particularly for first responders, but they have classes for the general public as well. Parks and recreation departments will offer classes in CPR a few times a year. You can call these groups to find out when they are holding classes.
These classes take about four hours and help you learn the technique using special mannequins. They often include instructions on using defibrillators, as well. The classes are normally held on weekends at the office of whatever organization is providing it. Once you have completed the course, the teacher will give you the certificate. The certificate has to be renewed every two years as the technique changes to better preserve life. Your certificate will list the year it expires. They generally give you a card with the instructions on how to perform CPR to keep as a reminder between certifications and they recommend practicing once a week so that you are prepared in case of an emergency. It won’t affect your certification if you don’t, though.
If you are working with children, you will want to learn child CPR, and possibly infant CPR. Some classes will teach and certify you in child CPR, and some will not. You should check the course description to see if it is included. Also, some courses sell you the book they use for the class, and you might want to read it before it starts in order to be better prepared.
You might want to shop around for the classes that fit your needs best. Class prices can run from free to $120, and some give you the option of learning First Aid as well. It is a good idea to spring for the First Aid class. That’s even more useful than CPR and looks fantastic to employers.
If you want to take an online course, this is possible. However, it won’t provide any hands-on experience, which is an important part of the class. Another thing to keep in mind is that some of these online companies are not affiliated with the the American Red Cross and are not particularly reputable. It is always a case of ‘buyer beware’ with the Internet.
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