Friday, 12th February, 2016
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Online CPR Certification

Red Cross CPR Certification

What is Red Cross CPR certification?

American Red Cross CPR certification is one of the best CPR qualifications on the market today. Not only is the certification nationally recognized but internationally as well. Since their formation in 1910, the American Red Cross has been involved in helping people. Their training covers not only AED and CPR classes but also every other aspect of first aid training courses.

What are the minimum eligibility requirements for Red Cross CPR Classes?

There are no official eligibility requirements and you certainly do not need any prior medical knowledge. All your instructor will look for is a willingness to learn combined with commitment to do the work required. The Red Cross organizes training in your workplace and will deliver either a standard course or one suited to the specifics of your industry. The training can be taken in a series of education units so you can build up your knowledge and level of expertise not only in CPR/AED but also in the area of first aid in general.

Some people believe that once you pass your CPR certification that is the end of your study. This isn’t the case. You need to apply for recertification at least every two years but the Red Cross studies show that knowledge retention rates are so poor that most people have forgotten their basic cardiac pulmonary resuscitation knowledge within a year of passing. For this reason they have designed a serious of continuing education units available to study either at work or at home. Once you have passed your American Red Cross CPR certification you can then revise the study material as and when you wish.

You can organize Red Cross CPR classes at your place of work

It doesn’t matter if you work in an office or on a building site; you never know when one of your colleagues may suffer a cardiac arrest. He or she has a very slim chance of survival unless one of your workmates has passed their CPR certification. Of course the Red Cross CPR guidelines very firmly recommend that you call 911 and ask for an ambulance. But while waiting for the emergency services the clock is ticking for your friend and if he or she doesn’t get help within five minutes they are very likely to die. YOU can make a difference. The earlier CPR either on its own or combined with an AED is started the better. Why not ring the Red Cross today and find out more about their program of education in the workplace and whether they can provide Red Cross CPR classes at your place of work. You won’t regret your decision and you may even save someone’s life.

How do you study for Red Cross CPR certification?

We all study in different ways and at various paces. The American Red Cross recognized this and designed a system of learning that includes cards, books and also videos. If you want online access to Red Cross CPR certification you can do this via which is their official website. Be wary of any other companies offering online CPR certification unless they are officially accredited by the Red Cross or American Heart Association.

Another benefit of taking CPR training with the Red Cross is the fact that it is a not for profit organization. This means that some of the money you and your employer spend on training materials is reinvested back into your community. These funds are used for education as well as vital equipment such as AEDs for the general public.

Why stop at CPR certification?

American Red Cross CPR classes should be the first step in your journey to become an extremely useful member of your community. Once you get your CPR certification you can learn other skills that may be vital in an emergency. For example you can learn how to prevent injury at work, how to perform child or infant CPR, and how to deal with blood borne pathogens amongst other things. Don’t we all have a duty to learn how to use an automated external defibrillator and perform basic CPR so that we hold the knowledge to save lives should we be involved in an emergency?

8 Responses to “Red Cross CPR Certification”

  1. Kathleen Battaglia says:

    Help. I live in Atlantic County New Jersey. I need to be certified in CPR and BLS. I can not find where to accomplish this. All the links are a mass of never ending circles. Please help me.

    • Admin says:

      Hi Kathleen

      The American Red Cross or the American Heart Association both offer classes to get you certified in both CPR and basic life support. The Red Cross certification will last one year and the American Heart Association lasts for two. You say you have to become certified so if this is for a job, it is worth checking with your employer as to which certification they prefer. Both organizations offer excellent training and both will come to your workplace if there are sufficient people interested in attending the class. Your local chapter of the Red Cross ( will give you more information on where classes are held in your area. You can find details of the American Heart Association classes at

      Good luck with the exam.


  2. Dr Dipak Patel says:

    Hi,I am a Dentist currently practicing in London,U.K and as a part of mandatory requirement I carry out a three hour CPR training approved be British Heart Foundation annually.I also have a California Dental Board Licence for which I have to do CPR and BLS traing approved by the American Heart associaton to renew my Licence.Do you think my British Heart Foundation course can be approved by the American Heart Association.If not, is it possible for me to do this course on line and obtain a certificate as I live abroad. Your help will be well appriciated.

    Kind Regards
    Dr Dipak Patel

    • Admin says:

      Hi Dr Patel

      Thank you for your enquiry. You can email the American Heart Association to find out if your certificate is sufficient or whether you need to take their online course at (this is an email address for international enquiries). You could also speak to the British Heart Foundation as they have probably been asked this question before. Maybe they are already accredited with the American Heart Association – hope that is helpful to you.

      All the best


  3. Angela says:


    I was wondering if you know how the structure of the online CPR course will be line? I saw a web-based CPR listed on the red cross site.

    Also, are there other valid online courses offered on other sites that you would recommend? The Red Cross class is $75, which is a little pricey or a student. =( Thank you


    • Admin says:

      Hi Angela

      Thank you for your inquiry and apologies for the delay in replying. As far as we are aware the Red Cross online CPR training will actually be a combination of online training together with a skills practice/assessment session. The American Heart Association offers a hybrid online course as well – this costs $19.95 at the moment -its on special offer. To complete your training you need to attend a skills assessment session at your local AHA center. There may be a charge for this so it is worth checking at your local center. We don’t recommend any other training other than that provided by these two organizations. We believe they are the best in the business. There are many online providers who offer you a certificate but the fact remains that nobody can learn CPR properly online at least not for their first certification. It is true you could recertify online but we believe practical skills are important.

      Hope that helps but please let us know if you have any other questions. It is worth checking whether your college arranges CPR training – a lot of them do. Both the Red Cross and the AHA will go to schools and colleges to train students.

      All the best


  4. Laraine says:

    I cant locate my cpr card. I was recertified last may. Can I get a copy? Or am I going to have to take the course again?

    • Admin says:

      Hi Laraine

      I am assuming you qualified via the Red Cross? You will need to contact the center you did your recertification exam at and give them as much information as you can and they may be able to reissue your card.

      Good Luck


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