Q: Are these CPR, First Aid, and Bloodborne Pathogens Courses by American Heart Association or American Red Cross?

A: We teach these courses by American Heart Association (AHA) standards.

Q: Is the American Heart Assoc. or the Red Cross CPR class better?

A: Both classes teach basically the same material; however, most healthcare employers insist on American Heart Assoc. certification.

Q: Will I get a certification card?

A: Yes, AHA certification cards are issued at the end of each class to all persons completing the class by demonstrating competency.

Q: How long is the certification period of American Heart Assoc. cards?

A: AHA cards are valid for a 2 year period.

Q: Who can take the shorter Renewal classes?

A: You may take a Renewal class if you hold and present your un-expired card to the instructor at the beginning of the class.

Q: Which CPR class is right for me?

A: Almost all healthcare workers in the United States are expected to take the Healthcare Provider CPR class.  HeartSaver AED classes are designed for laypersons.

Q: Why does it take so long to take a CPR class?

A: American Heart Association standards are strict and we follow them. Knowing how and performing correct quality CPR is a “Life-or-Death” situation. Any instructor who does not follow these standards can lose their instructor credentials. Any CPR provider deserves to get all the information they pay for, ensuring their effectiveness in the delivery of CPR.  Effective professional or bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, and with Automated or Manual Defibrillator use, as much as 85% chance of survival.

Q: Why has the cost of a CPR class gone up so much?

A: Knowing how and performing effective CPR is a “Life-or-Death” situation. “Cutting corners” in any CPR class diminishes the potential of delivering effective CPR, and a student’s retention of the information, as well as one’s sense of assurance in performing these life saving skills. Also, your instructor’s teaching time is as valuable as anyone’s time. CPR Central does not “sell CPR cards” just because someone believes they remember how to do it correctly. The cost of training materials, supplies, and CPR cards has also increased dramatically over the past few years.

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