The Best CPR Certifications


by James S

The Best CPR Certifications

If you're in a response role for your organization, or you want to keep your skills up today in case you're called upon to help someone medically, a CPR Certification is good to maintain your knowledge and training regarding a cardiac medical event (i.e. heart attack or similar). CPR certifications normally require physical presence and practice but online versions are possible; the trainer essentially needs to confirm you have both the physical capability to do the CPR skill as well as be able to perform it successfully as trained. Some of this can be emulated using live video. And just about anyone in a security or medical help role will have this training as a requirement for their job or entry to other training.

Expedited training is possible online. There are multiple courses one can take to get the basics down. However, if a consumer is looking for an official certification proof to provide someone, then there's going to be a fee involved. The is probably the easiest organization to work within this regard, being nationally recognized. These courses, known as Basic CPR or first aid certification cost approximately $14 on their website. A consumer can easily take the course online 24/7, which makes the offering very convenient for those on the go a lot. They will also give a 10 percent discount for new customers.

Alternatively, eCPR Certification has an online class recognized in both the U.S. and Canada for an online fee of $22-39 depending on which CPR course is desired. Again, this is not a program that is as well recognized in all circles as, for example, the American Red Cross would be. However, it's a considerable savings by comparison. eCPR Certification has been in business since 2009 and touts CPR training certifications from OSHA as well as a number of other review agencies.

Some folks just want their training online and don't have time for a structured class, period. The National CPR Foundation offers an online course that basically give a choice of doing the training and exam or going straight to an exam for certification if the customer already has the knowledge part taken care of. The entire process is handled online, the cost is a minimal $13, and the validity of the certification lasts for two years before a renewal is needed, a pretty good deal overall.

For those on the road and not spending a lot of time at home but wanting in-person training, the American Red Cross provides classes in a number of locations nationwide through their various centers. These locations exist in most big cities in the U.S., and their website can guide you to a center near your location. Their training is varied and geared to specific industries and emergency situations, which is ideal for those who see specific conditions on a regular basis. The Red Cross' e-courses are probably the lowest cost ($15-30) involved while the in-person centers tend to be pricier ($100-200).