CPR Certification is a Smart Choice Substitute Teachers

Knowing the steps to take during a medical emergency is a life-saving skill, and in the hectic world of a classroom you never know when a medical emergency may occur. CPR certification is rarely required for substitute teachers, though it is more often required when substituting for nurses and physical education teachers. Because it is not required for most substitutes, you may have to pay for your own certification. CPR courses can cost anywhere between 20 and 200 dollars. However, the ability to set yourself apart from other candidates will easily make up the cost. More importantly, it’s a valuable skill for any educator to have. Considering this certification can be done in as little as one session, the peace of mind it provides you and your employer is invaluable.


Many trusted health resources, such as the Red Cross and the National CPR Foundation, offer online CPR certification. Online classes are self-paced and can be completed in a few hours. In addition, these classes are often cheaper than in-person training. An important distinction, however, is that online classes do not require you to prove your proficiency to a licensed trainer. This means that online classes may not meet the safety requirements set by your workplace, even if the class is accredited. Requirements will vary by district and job type. If you’re concerned about whether your certification will be approved, an in-person class is a safer bet.


When it comes to learning CPR, nothing compares to a hands-on class. It only takes a day or two, and practicing the technique even a few times can greatly prepare you for an emergency situation. You won’t need to worry about finding a class that fits your schedule because many organizations, such as the Red Cross, offer weekend and night classes. CPR certification classes take place in hospitals, clinics, and even public schools. A quick phone call to a health clinic, school, or hospital will let you know if and when they offer classes. You can also search for a training center near you using the American Heart Association and Canadian Red Cross websites.

As educators who constantly encounter different students, CPR certification is a valuable skill for substitute teachers to possess. It’s a skill you hope you’ll never have to use, but will be very, very relieved to have if the need arises. If you have any questions about this topic, or anything else about the broad and beautiful world of substitute teaching, please feel free to contact us.

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