How to get CPR Certified as a Non-Healthcare Provider

Doctors, Nurses, and Firefighters, among others, are required to take courses so they know what to do when someone stops breathing or has a heart attack. They can’t be employed without that certification.

Although Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification may not be a job requirement to be a substitute teacher, it is something that can make you stand out from the pack, and more importantly, you could end up saving a life.

One of the places you can get a CPR certification is through the Red Cross. They offer CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) classes either as a stand-alone class or with First Aid. The cost will vary a bit depending on whether you are taking one subject or both, and where you take it.

American Red Cross offers:

  • Adult CPR/AED classes
  • Adult First Aid/CPR/AED classes
  • Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED classes

The classes start around $70 and can run up to $130 (depending on the kind of class and where you take it), and all classes offer a 2-year certification period.

Canadian Red Cross offers:

  • CPR with AED – Level C (Adult, Child, Baby)
  • Standard First Aid + CPR with AED – Level C

These classes start around $60 and can run over $125, and offer a certification period of 3 years.

Recertification classes are available through both sources, with costs slightly lower than initial certification.

If all of these options are too much for your budget at the moment, you can always keep an eye out for a free class, like this one offered to a community by a local fire department. If your community doesn’t offer these type of classes, why not approach the local emergency responders and ask them to start one!

Of course we hope you’ll never need to use this training, but if you do, you’ll be ready for the challenge. And for more chances to challenge yourself with new substitute teaching jobs, please contact us today!

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