Red Cross First Aid Training Program Overview

CPR, AED and first aid programs through the Red Cross offer training to professional rescuers, organizations and individuals through a variety of courses. The courses are flexible and convenient, because local chapters coordinate with the authorized providers administering the classes.

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Essential Information

The only general prerequisite for enrollment in a workplace or community Red Cross first aid training course is age. Professional rescuer classes require participants to have job responsibilities that call for emergency response. Such professions include flight attendants, lifeguards and nurses. The Red Cross offers numerous courses taught by certified instructors that prepare students to respond to all types of emergency situations. There are several online classes for Red Cross First Aid Training.


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Red Cross First Aid Training Programs

CPR, AED and First Aid for Schools and the Community is a 7-10 hour course. It's the most common one offered to community members and provides demonstration and practice for participants. Individuals learn how to administer first aid and CPR, and use an automated external defibrillator (AED). Emergency care for infants, children and adults is covered. The program also addresses cuts and injuries, heat and cold, sudden illness and poisoning.

Standard First Aid with AED and CPR is a 6.5 hour course. It's appropriate for the workplace and teaches adult care in emergency situations. Individuals learn how to manage injuries and illnesses until medical assistance arrives. AED training can be omitted for a 5.5 hour course.

First Aid and Preparedness is also for use in the workplace and requires 90 minutes to complete. The focus of the course is on preparing for a community or personal disaster. Information is provided on basic first aid care, heart attacks, strokes and choking.

Sport Safety Training is a 6.5 hour training program that prepares athletic trainers, coaches and parents to prevent and manage injuries related to sports. Students learn to give first aid care and Adult CPR. A child CPR option is available.


Continuing Education Information

The Red Cross First Aid training programs provide certification to students who successfully complete their courses. First aid certification is good for three years and CPR certification is valid for one year. The information is stored at the local Red Cross.

Students can take additional classes to become certified as an instructor for Red Cross First Aid training programs. At some local chapters, agreeing to instruct future courses allows individuals to take the initial course for free.

Professionals interested in CPR, AED and first aid training can get this through the Red Cross. It is important to note that these certifications do expire and require professionals to re-certify every so many years in order to maintain their certifications.

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