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How do I become CPR and first aid certified?

You can earn CPR training and receive first aid certification in a number of ways. Choose an online course to learn the materials remotely and then find a testing location to complete the certification process with an in-person demonstration of your knowledge and skills. Encourage your workplace to host a first aid and CPR training so employees can learn what to do in case of a workplace emergency and how to respond with lifesaving techniques. You may also be able to take a CPR or first aid class in your community. A basic CPR training may run four to five hours. After receiving CPR training, you’ll know how to respond if an adult or a child goes into cardiac arrest or stops breathing. You’ll learn how to use chest compressions to keep blood pumping to a person’s organs, which can keep them alive until an emergency responder can arrive. First aid and CPR training can also include education about how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

What is CPR training?

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (better known as CPR) is a lifesaving manual technique that pumps oxygenated blood back into the body’s organs if someone’s heart or breathing has stopped. A variety of CPR training is available to community members, employees and healthcare providers. CPR training may last two to five hours or more, depending on the content and the target audience. During the training, students will learn how to recognize and respond to an emergency situation. There are different CPR techniques for adults and children, but with both you will learn how to determine whether the person is conscious before administering chest compression. During the training you’ll learn chest compression techniques for adults and different techniques for children between the ages of 1 and 8. Students learn how to properly administer chest compressions, when the technique is appropriate and when it is not, and how long you must perform rescue measures. Students also learn what an automatic external defibrillator (AED) is and how to use it if necessary to shock a patient before administering CPR chest compressions.

What is first aid training?

With first aid training, you may be able to help save a life. First aid training can teach people who are not medical professionals how to help a sick or injured person in crisis before an ambulance arrives on the scene. Most commonly, first aid training helps teach you how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

First aid training can teach you how to respond in a variety of emergency situations, including:

  • Asthma attack
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Burns
  • Choking
  • Diabetic emergencies
  • External bleeding
  • Heart attack
  • Poisoning
  • Neck, head or back injury
  • Stroke
  • Seizure

First aid training classes may be offered by professionals who are affiliated with the Red Cross, which offers online, in-person, and blended training classes. First aid classes are also often offered through local recreation centers, city services, schools, hospitals and private companies.  

How do you get your first aid certificate?

To get your first aid certificate, you must take a first aid training course designed for certification. Certified training professionals offer courses to employers, schools or other groups. For an in-person training, you may go to a training location such as a Red Cross classroom, or a professional first aid and CPR trainer can come to you or your office. Most first aid training courses take three to five hours or more, which prepares you to take the first aid certification test. To boost your chances, you can take online practice tests or review study guides. Once you pass the first aid exam, an official digital certificate is emailed to you. You can also have a wallet card or printed certificate sent to you.

How long is your CPR certification good for?

In general, CPR training sessions and certifications are good for two years. After that, you must recertify to ensure you are up to date on the latest information and techniques. CPR is a lifesaving skill for a community member, employee or healthcare provider to know, as it enables you to respond appropriately if someone goes into cardiac arrest or stops breathing. In a CPR training, students learn compression techniques to keep blood flowing to the body’s organs if a person’s heart has suddenly stopped or they have stopped breathing. This action can keep a person alive until an emergency responder can arrive on the scene and can effectively save a life.

The American Red Cross explains that re-certification is important, because people start to forget information just a few months after taking a training. The American Red Cross recommends you keep your skills fresh by reviewing free, online materials or downloading their free, mobile app to keep abreast of CPR information and news. Re-certification courses are shorter than first-time CPR training. Your renewed CPR certification will be good for another two years.

How much does it cost to get CPR and first aid certified?

First aid and CPR trainings are available to individuals who want to learn how to respond in case of an emergency and for healthcare providers who need to renew their certification. Typically, CPR certifications are current for two years. Here are some examples of average CPR and first aid training costs:

  • Open enrollment training: $45 for an in-person American Heart Association Basic Life Support Healthcare Provider CPR Training and Certification.
    • Additional $15 for online or hard copy student manual.
  • Online trainings: $45 for the American Safety and Health Institute Blended First Aid training.
    • The student will still be required to meet a CPR trainer in person to receive their final certification.
  • Worksite trainings:
    • $35: per employee for basic ASHI CPR AED training course (focus on CPR, 2-hour course).
      • $280: Minimum fee for an instructor to appear (at least 8 students or minimum fee).
    • $45: Per employee for an ASHI First Aid CPR AED training course (includes response strategies for most emergencies, 4-hour course).
      • $360: Minimum fee for an instructor to appear (at least 8 students or minimum fee).
  • Class extensions: Pricing varies depending on the additional emergency training requested. For example, for the ASHI First Aid AED CPR training course cited above, the host company might charge an additional:
    • $5: Per student for infant CPR training.
    • $15: Per student for oxygen administration training (add 30 minutes).
    • $15: Per student for bloodborne pathogen training (add 30 minutes).
  • Materials: CPR and first aid training courses may have additional fees for hard copies of manuals. Example of additional materials costs:
    • $10: Per hard copy of class manual (otherwise available online) for First Aid AED CPR group trainings.

What is a boot camp class?

Fitness boot camps are a heart-pounding way to boost your fitness level. Boot camps are led by a fitness instructor and are based on the concept of military boot camps — intensive workout programs to get new recruits into shape, quickly. Fitness boot camps encourage camaraderie, and the group momentum helps participants get through fast-paced intervals of cardio, isometric training, strength training and endurance drills. Classes may range anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes, and usually meet multiple days per week. Boot camps often run a specific duration of time, say four to six weeks, which creates a team-like environment for class members. Other boot camps run year-round and students purchase package pricing for classes, similar to subscriptions that allow them a set amount of classes per week or per month.

Boot camps can be held indoors at a gym, outdoors in a park or on a beach, in a backyard — anywhere there’s room for running, jumping and sweating. Some instructors also provide DVD and online boot camps. You can also find boot camps tailored to your heart’s desire, such as bikini boot camp, or boot camps for new mothers. Boot camps offer an intense workout and are usually led by energetic instructors pushing you to do your best, but unlike military boot camp drill sergeants, fitness boot camp instructors typically don’t use intimidation or punishment to spur you on. Check with your doctor before starting a boot camp if you have health concerns, and always let your instructor know ahead of time if you have injuries.

How much is a boot camp?

The cost of fitness boot camps depends on how often you go, the package you are purchasing (or if you are paying a drop-in fee), the location of the bootcamp, the equipment the instructors provide, and the background and reputation of the instructor. Smaller towns and areas with a lower cost of living typically have lower rates for boot camp services than big cities and regions with a higher cost of living. If you’re paying per class on a drop-in basis, expect to pay anywhere from $12 to $25 or more, depending on the region and the instructor. When you purchase a package of classes, typically the more you buy at one time, the cheaper each class is. The same boot camp class might be $20 for a drop-in student, $15 for a student who pays for 10 classes per month, and $10 for a student who pays for 30 classes a month. Studio space can also affect costs, so if your boot camp takes place in a high-end gym with top-of-the-line equipment, the prices will likely be higher than a class that meets in an outdoor space with limited or no equipment. Shop around to find the right type of boot camp class and the right instructor for you.

How much do first aid courses cost?

First aid training courses vary in cost depending on what’s included, from basic first aid to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to pediatric CPR, as well as the length of the class and who’s offering them. The national average cost for an in-person CPR and first aid class is $50-$75 per person. An informational CPR training costs less than one that leads to first aid training certification. For example, a two-hour course that trains you to administer CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) costs an average of $35 per person; an employer may book the same class for a group of at least eight students for an average of $280. A four-hour CRP and AED training costs an average of $45 per person and $360 for at least eight people. Some companies offer add-on training to their CPR and AED classes, such as $5 per student to learn infant CPR, $15 each for oxygen administration training, and $15 each for bloodborne pathogen training. A first aid certificate is valid for two years.

What can you do with a first aid certificate?

People with a first aid certificate are trained to respond quickly and appropriately in life-threatening situations. Although a first aid certificate alone isn’t enough to secure a job, it can make you more attractive to certain types of potential employers. When you have a first aid certificate, you’ve proved that you know how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), use an automated external defibrillator (AED), and handle emergency situations like choking, heavy bleeding, a heart attack or stroke, or anaphylaxis. Most parents prefer babysitters and lifeguards with first aid certification. Many professionals, especially those who work with children, are required to have first aid training, including teachers, coaches, counselors and therapists, firefighters, and social workers. In addition to adult and pediatric first aid plus CPR and AED courses, you can take first aid training specifically designed for babysitting and child care, for health care settings, and for swimming and water safety situations..

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Courtney B.
Best personal training experience I’ve ever had.
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Lee at Apex Personal Training Studio is a fantastic personal trainer. He is professional and knowledgeable. What I appreciate most is his flexibility to fit my busy schedule. Highly recommended.
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Audra is a great trainer. She pushes you and encourages you every session.
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Loving my workouts! Wonderful trainer and really keeps you going! Very knowledgeable!
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I highly recommend Jayd. She has a very positive training style, and tailored a training program to my needs. Jayd noticed that my posture needed improvement, and worked with me to achieve noticeable results in a few short months. Thanks Jayd!
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Great trainer. Really helped come up with a personalized plan I can easily follow
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Super easy to set up, very responsive and not pushy. Perfect for fitting in a trainer with a busy schedule.
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Excellent professional trainer, very knowledgeable and provides effective, easy to understand and follow guidance. Highly recommended :)
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I've been working with Eric for several weeks. He understands my training goals and developed a program specific to my needs and physical abilities. He's a good coach, as well as trainer. He makes me work hard and I feel a great sense of accomplishment after our sessions.
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We have hired Jayd to train a group of ballet dancers. She’s proven to be a professional, and knows her business well!
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I have been working with Eric for over 10 weeks now and could not give a higher recommendation for trainer. He is able to work flexibly with both time and location based on my schedule and availability. His training method is not "one size fits all" and he creates both difficult and attainable workout routines based on my specific needs and goals while exercising.
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Tushar K.
Bryant is a great trainer - really cares about you, your goals, and your progression. I hired him because of his consultation where we went over his approach / philosophy and how I felt his attitude would really help me achieve my goals. A vast contrast to my other experience with personal training, which was still positive, albeit not as high-quality as TND.
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Lee Brewer is an amazing Personal Trainer!! I'm a 62 year old woman who walks & eats well but felt like I needed more to look & feel better.....I haven't done any strength training in a long time and I've been seeing amazing results working out with Lee twice a week for 2 months now. I'm losing weight, inches in my hips and my waist metabolism has speeded up. Lee said this would happen if I start strengthening my muscles my core. I highly recommend Lee if you are seeking out a personal trainer....if your goals or to become more fit & healthy you definitely will see results I promise.
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Choosing APTS and Lee as my trainer was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I've seen great results and I'm finally feeling like myself again. Lee is very professional but also personable, knowledgeable and is always there when you have questions or need some motivation. I've made great progress and I couldn't have done it without his push and encouragement. If you're looking for a great trainer and fast results, Lee is the one for you.
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Amy K.
So far so good. Very convenient location and Bryant seems to know my goals and is working me hard to achieve them:) I would highly recommend him as a personal trainer.
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Lee is a terrific personal trainer. He tailors your workout program to your abilities and builds on it. He will contact you a day or 2 after a workout session too see how you are doing. Wonderful facilities!
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Thank you Thumbtack for helping me find a great personal trainer! Eric is very professional, knowledgeable, and a great motivator. He tuned in to my needs in a very positive way and I can already see... and feel progress!
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Tajuana was extremely efficient, conversational and informative. She showed up on time to our office, with all the materials we needed, and tailored the class and the information to what our group needed. I definitely would recommend her to any one looking to train their staff on safety!
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Revanth B.
I have been working with Doug for almost a month now . I had many failed attempts to improve my fitness and weight. Of which, my major reason is that I get too nervous seeing lot of people in the gym and I never return there. Its just a feeling which always pulled me back and one day, I wanted to at least not to focus on surrounding people but me. I approached Doug and listened to me and we discussed my goals and my fears. He assured that he can help me in achieving my goals. Training with him is amazing. He motivates me a lot and I’m enjoying my sessions with him. I recognize a lot of mental change in me. I no loner avoid exercise in my life, rather Now I get excited and be ready for the next workout session. I still have a long journey ahead, but I’m happy to have a trainer like Doug guide me through. DOUG HAAN is definitely the trainer for you...!!
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Ram R.
I’ve had a wonderful experience with APTS and continue to with the trainers in this studio. My personal trainer is Lee who is great to work with. Lee is very personable and professional. He is a very practical coach who will readily adjust the sets to ensure form takes precedence over reps which helps decrease injury rate and increase results, and knows how to tailor specific needs to routines to maximize results. From a facility perspective, they are top notch. They have everything one needs for starting, continuing or resuming personal fitness goals and take extreme care to sanitize equipment for repeated and safe use by its members. It’s a pleasure to review and recommend Lee and APTS overall !
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Veyda m.
If your looking for the best, please do yourself a favor, stop looking and hire Tre. His great vibe and love for his profession are qualities that not many trainers have. Not to mention, he is knowledgeable, experienced and very down to earth and he will work with you to make sure your fitness goals become a reality!
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Helen M.
My experience with Kate has been nothing but amazing. I had well over 50 lbs to lose and lots of medical issues due to having my children, before we met. She helped catered to my every medical concern and has helped me exceed over my goal of losing 50 pounds in a reasonable amount of time. She has an amazing skill. She knows so much about muscle imbalances, different phases and stages your body goes through, that it helped me learn so much as well! I used to have two other personal trainers around Raleigh area and they did NOT compare to her one bit. It actually made me very skeptical about others after training with her since I see results now, that I never saw before! We had my goal to complete in about 10 months since I had medical issues, and I achieved my goal in 6 months with my medical issues GONE. Due to her guidance of nutrition, water intake, one on one training, and also her fitness app has all really helped me change my life and got me into the best shape since before I had my three kids!! I seriously love Kate, we have been training together for about 10 months now and I continue to see her because she is the most motivating person and I am seeing the best results. Pictures included below
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I selected Eric as my personal trainer based upon his 5-star reviews on Thumbtack. After my initial session with Eric, I was confident he could help me reach my personal goals- becoming stronger and improving my overall health & diet. Picking a trainer can be scary because you are relying on them in more ways than one. Eric is very responsive to all of my questions, he is always punctual/prepared, and patient while I learn different forms and techniques. The sessions are always different (which I love) and a great mix of movements for a full body workout. I know I am getting stronger and I know I will be a long-term client!
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I have been training with Lee for just about a month now. Thanks to Lee's recommendations about diet and lifestyle along with the personalized care that comes with his training, I have been losing about 4lbs every two weeks and losing body fat at a rate of about 1% every two weeks. Since I started with him, Lee frequently sends me a text to check up on how I am feeling the day after a workout. I can see that he really cares about all of his clients and he tailors your workout to your abilities, but always pushes you to drive yourself beyond your limits. I highly recommend him to anyone looking to get serious about their fitness and general well being.
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Hiring Lee as my Personal trainer was one of the best decisions I made so far. I have been working with him for about two months now and I must say that these sessions are awesome and fun. It is too early to notice signification weight changes yet but, i definitely lost inches, feel more toned and above everything feel healthier and stronger. Lee is well informed, friendly, professional, encourages you to do better and makes sure you are motivated enough. The workout routine keeps changing every session which is good. I recommended him to my family and now we all do a group session which is fun as well. I would definitely recommend him to anybody looking for a personal trainer in the triangle area.
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