Learning CPR Online

By Jonra Springs

  • Overview

    Learn CPR online to save time in classroom training. CPR classes are offered at a variety of websites. First aid and automated external defibrillator (AED) training are available online as well. CPR training and study can be done online, along with written tests on the material. After online CPR training, CPR certification tests are scheduled to be taken in person at a nearby facility. Current certificate holders can renew certification online, but first-time certificates that are recognized by the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association can only be obtained by passing a demonstration test.
    • Step 1

      Get your employer's requirements for CPR certification. Teachers, lifeguards and camp counselors are usually asked to obtain certification through the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association. Health care providers are certified at a higher level.
    • Step 2

      Visit the website of a recognized health organization for online CPR training. Choose the American Heart Association at http://www.onlineaha.org/ or the American Red Cross at https://www.redcrossonlinetraining.org/Distance/Default.aspx for online CPR classes.

    • Step 3

      Study the CPR material given in the online training. Ask a friend or relative to volunteer for you to practice the lifesaving techniques.
    • Step 4

      Complete any online testing and schedule a demonstration test. A person must show proficiency in performing CPR skills to receive certification.
    • Step 5

      Take the demonstration test using training mannequins or live administrators at a local testing site. Receive accreditation for CPR certification that is good for two years unless your employer specifies otherwise.
    • Skill: Moderately Challenging
    • Tip: Avoid websites offering online certification for first-time recipients. Some sites have certificate cards and wall hangings, to print or receive by mail, that may not be recognized by your employer.

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