Getting CPR Certified

If you are not already CPR certified, you should really consider adding it to your professional tools as a substitute teacher. Not only is it a great resume-booster, but it’s an invaluable skill to have when working in schools if the need ever arises. Fortunately, there are several ways to get your certification, each cost-efficient and with understandable content.

Red cross: (Average cost: $70 USD, $90 CAD) The Red Cross in both America and Canada have search engines that can find a CPR class that’s perfect for you and your needs. A CPR/AED focused course could be taken, or perhaps you want the full bundle with everything from CPR and AED training to the first aid that could allow you to address even the minor incidents in the classroom. There are no CPR only classes, as the automated external defibrillator is critical to saving lives when it is available. Classes are offered online (at your own pace during free time), mixed with both online and offline portions, or simply in a classroom setting (these take anywhere from two days to a couple of hours, and are often on weekends). The diverse selection offered makes it easy to find the class that can be worked into your schedule and provide lifesaving skills.

Local police or fire departments: Sometimes, getting certified can be as simple as stopping by your local fire or police station and asking if they have CPR classes available, and when the next one is. These are going to be a more one on one course if that’s what you prefer to have when learning, since local departments do not have national registration. It’s also possibly cheaper, and faster than going through the Red Cross.

Local YMCA or other smaller organizations: As a last resort, you can look into smaller organizations nearby that also require their employees to have a current CPR certification. They may allow you to join one of their classes (hopefully at the employee rate, or even free). Outside of that, organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Guides of Canada may have CPR courses for their participants that you can request to participate in.

After the certification: Once you have finished the course, you will be awarded or emailed your certificates. One copy should be kept on hand in a wallet or other personal item (in case of emergencies outside the classroom), while a full copy can be sent to the principal of the school you’re substituting at. Keep in mind that CPR certifications expire every two years. If you sign up for a class before your certification expires, the course will only need to be a refresher class. Letting your certification expires means that you have to take a full course again.

If you have any further questions beyond getting your CPR certification, feel free to contact us.

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