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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..

Reviews for Durham trainers
Stephanie W.
Great trainer!
Hegemony Training CorpHegemony Training Corp
Thumbtack Customer
Larry is very professional and reliable. He is better than my last personal trainer. I personally train with Larry 3 times a week. My girlfriend will join us every Friday and she loves the training as well. Highly recommended! My gilfriend and I
Hegemony Training CorpHegemony Training Corp
Thumbtack Customer
Elton tailors his training sessions to your personal needs and is concerned with safety as much as your overall fitness goals. Great trainer, motivating but never intimidating :-)
Elton E. FaulkElton E. Faulk
Lauren M.
His thumbtack rate for at-home personal training
Eric Greenley certified personal trainerEric Greenley certified personal trainer
Thumbtack Customer
I worked with other great trainers in the past and I have to say Elton is exceptional! He's very knowledgeable and goes above and beyond to tailor training to my level and my goals :)
Elton E. FaulkElton E. Faulk
Thumbtack Customer
I've had many trainers over the years and Elton is as good or better than any! He is extremely caring, calm, helpful and knowledgeable. His attention to your personal needs and goals is informative and productive. Very few trainers will go out of the way for their clients like Elton does and he is very affordable compared to other personal trainers.
Elton E. FaulkElton E. Faulk
Jo J.
First two training sessions went great! Excited to start the New year with Hegemony Training Corp and reach my weight loss goals! Larry is very knowledgeable about fitness and explains process thoroughly.
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Thumbtack Customer
I have always wanted to work with a personal trainer, when I found Kiondra it was exactly what I thought working with a personal trainer should be like ! Anyone who works with her is ganraunteed to see results !
Fitness KeysFitness Keys
Melissa E.
Elton is a great trainer! Incredibly patient, knowledgeable and thorough. He provides a holistic approach to training and tries to connect what you do in the gym with what you do outside the gym. His aim is to improve your overall health and well-being while also giving you a great workout. He also has an interesting story and background, which makes him relatable as a trainer.
Elton E. FaulkElton E. Faulk
Thumbtack Customer
I've been training with Elton for about 6 weeks now. During this time I've seen a huge improvement in my strength, cardio and flexibility, and I'm on track for achieving my goals within the timeframe we set at the beginning. Each training session is hard work but so much fun and Elton always checks in on my diet and adjusts the exercises to best suit me. Since starting training with Elton I'm also sleeping better, eating better and feeling healthy and strong. I'm incredibly grateful that I found Elton and strongly recommend him for personal training.
Elton E. FaulkElton E. Faulk
Thumbtack Customer
Elton is an exceptional trainer and motivator. I look forward to working with him again soon!
Elton E. FaulkElton E. Faulk
Justin H.
Larry is the first personal trainer I have ever worked with. I am so grateful for his professionalism and encouraging style of training. I look forward to our future sessions together and feel confident that, with his help, I’ll become leaner and stronger.
Hegemony Training CorpHegemony Training Corp
Aaron J.
Deeply impressed with Larry. He has a vast range of training experience that add exceptional value to his customers!
Hegemony Training CorpHegemony Training Corp
Sarah L.
DeMarcus has been a fantastic motivator. He does a wonderful job at pushing you to really go the extra mile. He is very considerate and takes into account not only your physical capabilities, but also how you are feeling mentally the days of your training session. I would recommend anyone to train with DeMarcus.
Great Fitness For Life(Virtual Training)Great Fitness For Life(Virtual Training)
Thumbtack Customer
Elton is a very safety-conscious and professional personal trainer. His directions and corrections are easily understood and correct. Working with him is a pleasure.
Elton E. FaulkElton E. Faulk
Rickey E.
This is the best investment I could have made for my health. Sam is a phenomenal trainer and the program works if you show up to put effort into the workouts. The program has also taught me so much about nutrition and meal prep is apart of the program which was key to my success. Sam and his wife Senaria also genuinely care about your results and are accepting to feedback as it relates to the training and nutrition. I trained with him for 4 months and lost 34 pounds and only 6 pounds away from my final goal weight. Highly recommend!
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Toni K.
Larry is an awesome trainer! He personalized the workouts for my medical issues and the fitness goals I wanted to achieve. I would recommend him to everyone!
Hegemony Training CorpHegemony Training Corp
Candace B.
I reached out to Chris to find a local trainer. Chris was responded promptly and was able to share valuable information with me. I appreciate his professionalism!
Chris Mukau Training, LLCChris Mukau Training, LLC
Payton K.
Excellent trainer and really flexible scheduling, I can always reach him and re-arrange our sessions if my residency schedule gets too hectic.
Hegemony Training CorpHegemony Training Corp
Margaret L.
I've been searching for a trainer for some time. I'm glad that I found Sam. He genuinely cares about you. He's passionate about what he does and wants to make sure that you have good outcomes. The program is simple: Follow the diet, walk a lot, and do the training session 3x a week and you will start seeing results. If you're serious about making a change, Sam is your guy.
Be The Change-weight loss/ transformation LLCBe The Change-weight loss/ transformation LLC
K. D.
Chandler is working with my Mom who is a stroke survivor with limited mobility. We just completed the first session where he took the time to learn about her struggles, achievements, and goals and tailored the training program to meet her at a level. He challenged her to properly execute the movements without pushing her beyond her abilities. She was very receptive to his style of training and feels empowered to work independently before her 2nd appointment.
Chandler EverettChandler Everett
Thumbtack Customer
I've been training with Larry Bratcher for several months now and I am extremely pleased and impressed. He is exceptionally knowledgeable, fully engaged, and a pleasure to work with. I recommend him highly.
Hegemony Training CorpHegemony Training Corp
Kelly g.
I only worked with Theodora for a short period and all I can say is she is a great trainer! I definitely feel more stronger and I have more energy! Thanks Theo :)
Theodora PrecupTheodora Precup
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Kiondra is the best. I have been working out with her for months now, and am so happy with my decision. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a personal trainer.
Fitness KeysFitness Keys
Chuck A.
I met Eric through Thumbtack and it's a privilege to have him as a personal trainer. A thorough professional, he's very knowledgable and believes in his true and tested training methods. I am one month in and I can tell you that I have improved on my lifting form and strength. Eric personalizes workouts based on your goals, and challenges you (within a reason) to push your boundaries and come out of your comfort zone. There's no hiding when it comes to hard work and he inculcates that good work ethic in you. He's mindful of COVID and takes all precautions to keep you at ease. I drive at least 40 mins to get to his gym and it's worth the money. I strongly recommend him to anyone looking for a professional personal trainer.
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