CPR classes are widely available at many locations throughout the California Bay Area. While sometimes these classes are offered through schools and colleges, it's also possible to take CPR classes directly through the certifying organizations, such as the American Red Cross and American Heart Association. CPR classes include instruction and practice in administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Some programs also include training in the use of automated external defibrillators (AED). The nonprofit organizations that offer these classes can also teach students how to provide basic life support services and first aid in the event of a medical emergency or injury. Spanish-language and/or online training modules may be available from some locations.
The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter
The American Red Cross provides disaster relief and education in emergency preparedness to millions of people around the world. Certificates are awarded after training courses are completed and certifications are valid for two years.
American Red Cross training is appropriate for a wide variety of people, including professionals in care-giving positions, such as teachers or daycare providers, as well as individuals. Coursework can be customized based on an individual's areas of interest, age groups and live-saving techniques. For instance, the professional rescuers and healthcare provider program includes lectures, video segments and emergency simulations to train students in assessment, CPR, ventilation and use of AEDs. Professionals in this program study advanced topics, including 1- and 2-rescuer CPR, choking for both conscious and unconscious individuals, and the use of epinephrine auto-injectors.
Petaluma Health Care District
The Petaluma Health Care District provides first aid, CPR and AED training through their Healthquest training center in the northern Bay Area. The American Heart Association recognizes these programs. In addition to attaining certificates in basic life support and CPR, participants can also study blood borne pathogens. Programs can be geared toward anyone required to obtain CPR certification, as well as healthcare professionals like dentists and ambulance operators. Students who complete the course typically earn CPR certification.
|Organization||Organization Type and Setting||Programs Offered||Training Cost (2018-2019)*|
|American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter||Nonprofit agency; varies|| Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED
Adult First Aid/CPR/AED
Advanced Babysitter's Training w/Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED
Spanish Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED
CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers
|Petaluma Health Care District||Local government agency; varies|| Family and Friends CPR
Heartsaver CPR AED
Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED
Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED
Sources: *Organization's Website