How to Become a CPR Instructor Online

Dec 10, 2019

CPR instructors teach people how and when to properly perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Explore this career in more detail, including steps you can take to prepare for a career as a CPR instructor with the help of online resources.

CPR Instructor Career Overview

CPR instructors are responsible for educating learners on how to properly administer CPR, as well as how to know what situations call for CPR, and what other steps should be taken in these situations. CPR instructors might work with schools or businesses, or travel to different organizations to deliver CPR instruction. Because it's likely to involve some in-person training, it can be difficult to prepare for this career solely with the use of online resources.

Required Skills Teaching Skills, Communication Skills, Physical Stamina
Job Growth 13% for 2018-2028 (for all Fitness Trainers and Instructors)*
Median Salary (2019) $37,000 (for all individuals trained in CPR)**

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics **Payscale.com

Online Steps for Becoming a CPR Instructor

There aren't necessarily higher education requirements for this career, and other requirements can vary based on what sort of CPR instructor position you wish to have. Besides in-person training, the following steps can be completed with the help of online resources.

Step 1: Complete Online CPR Training

The American Red Cross offers a variety of online courses to get you started in your path toward becoming a CPR instructor. These courses will teach you the basics of CPR, as well as what situations call for it, how to properly administer CPR, and what other steps you need to take in these emergency situations. Successful completion of these courses doesn't typically result in the certification required to work as a CPR instructor, but they can provide you with a base set of skills that may be valuable in the career.

Step 2: Complete Certification

Once you are ready to become fully certified, there are several online courses that offer differing degrees of certification. Some of these certificates might not carry the same weight as others, however, and your best bet may be to stick to a well-known organization such as the American Red Cross. They do offer programs for official certification in CPR, but they are hybrid programs. This means that you will be able to complete some of the course work online. However, some of the coursework will also require some in-person work. It might be possible to find online resources for CPR certification but to maximize your career choices, it's important to find one that's OSHA-approved.

Step 3: Complete Instructor Course

To become an instructor in CPR, you typically need to complete an instructor course to ensure that you have all of the skills and knowledge required to properly teach students the skillset. These courses do require some in-person work, but you can complete some of the prerequisites online. For example, the American Red Cross offers an online introduction section. This introduction will take most people about two hours to complete. The subsequent training materials for the rest of the course will total some 13 hours on top of that, including classroom instruction and individual evaluation. This course is designed not only to ensure that you have all of the required knowledge and skill in terms of first aid preparedness, but also that you are equipped to effectively communicate this knowledge.

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