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How do I Earn a CPR Certificate?

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  • Written By: Harriette Halepis
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 02 September 2018
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Learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) may be necessary in order to obtain a specific job, help to provide first aid to those around you, and ensure that you know what to do in case of an emergency. Since CPR is seen as an important skill across the world, gaining a CPR certificate is relatively easy to do in any country. CPR courses can be found in many different venues, both online and in person.

There are many different CPR courses that can be found on the Internet. These classes are efficient, though there are some drawbacks associated with an online course. Some people find that looking at an on-screen demonstration of CPR procedures is not easily understood. In addition, online courses are generally expensive. However, these classes are appealing if you do not have the time to attend weekly courses.

You may also want to contact your local Red Cross outfit for more information about obtaining a CPR certificate. This volunteer-based organization provides classes to citizens for a small fee. Different locations have different schedules based upon teacher availability. By contacting your local chapter, you will be able to determine the time and location that works for you.

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Within the United States, the American Heart Association offers CPR courses. Again, you will have to contact your local American Heart Association office in order to find a class in your area. Alternately, you can visit the association's website for further information. In addition to these professional associations, some schools may also offer a CPR certificate.

Local high schools and universities may provide CPR training to individuals. The best way to find out about this type of course is to contact a school's admissions department. In most cases, a small fee will be charged in order to gain a CPR certificate, though this fee is usually minimal.

If you have gained a CPR certificate in the past, but your certificate has expired, then you may be able to renew your certification. Contact the association or school that provided you with your training the first time, and ask about renewals. You will find that most programs can be renewed for a relatively small fee.

There are a number of ways to obtain a CPR certificate. While most of these courses will only take up a few hours of your time, learning CPR skills is something that everyone should consider. Once you gain your CPR certificate, you will be able to save lives, gain certain job positions, and provide your friends and family with CPR safety at all times.

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