How to Choose a CPR Certification Class?


During cardiac arrest, the odds of survival decrease by 7-10% every minute, and the average response time for emergency personnel is 8-12 minutes. When CPR can be started right away, the patient’s chance for survival can double or even triple.* In a study reported by the National Institute of Health, survival rates for cardiac arrest were extremely low when bystander CPR was not administered.


Seventy percent of non-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the home. Are you prepared to save the life of someone you love?


Most people know they need to have CPR training, but aren’t sure how to choose a CPR certification class. To help you get prepared, we’ve answered some common questions below.


What level of CPR training do you need? Most people only need a standard CPR certification, also known as “layperson CPR.”

– If you have young children, or look after them as part of your job, choose a course that includes CPR training for infants and children.


– If you have ready access to Automated External Defibrillator (AED), you’ll want to be trained in the use of this life saving piece of equipment. Some jobs (lifeguards, teachers, fitness instructors) also require certification and training in AED use. Ask your current or potential employer to confirm if you need this skill.


– Healthcare providers such as EMTs, medical assistants, nurses and paramedics typically require more extensive CPR training. Look for courses with names like: Basic Life Support (BLS) certification or CPR for Healthcare Providers.


What’s the difference between American Heart Association, Red Cross and Emergency First Response? The American Heart Association (AHA), Red Cross, Emergency First Response and other reputable CPR course providers adhere to the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) guidelines. ILCOR is an international organization made up of various resuscitation organizations from around the world. In collaboration with the AHA, ILCOR produced the first International CPR Guidelines in 2000.


When in doubt, check the training organization’s accreditations. For example, Emergency First Response CPR courses are accredited and approved by:

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) Cal/OSHA and Federal OSHA guidelines 29 CFR 1910.151 Girl Scouts USA The US Coast Guard …and many others.


Will I have to give mouth to mouth? Current guidelines recommend CPR providers receive training in providing rescue breathing. Most complete CPR classes include mouth-to-mouth training on a sanitized CPR mannequin.