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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 Fayetteville trainers
Steven B.
I’ve been working with D’Allen for about 30 days, and I’ve already noticed huge changes already. D’Allen is extremely knowledgeable and approaches training differently than most trainers. He’s cares about each individual, their goals, and their limitations. The times are flexible the training is great and the experience is overwhelmingly awesome!
Nicole P.
Amazing trainer. He pushes me and for sure keeps it interesting by switching up the workouts. Easy going guy and absolutely professional. I worked with different trainers before, but he would be my first choice and I will keep working out with him
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Amanda B.
I've had several training sessions with Pat and he tailors the workout to your specifics needs and goals. He's very knowledgeable in all aspects of exercise and flexible in scheduling. He creates training plans that will definitely challenge you but also focus on proper technique. He is truly passionate about what he does and wants to help you achieve your goals. If you're looking for a trainer, I highly recommend Pat!
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Jessica J.
D is a solid, professional, thorough, and most personable trainer I’ve ever met. He’s the real deal.
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Robin W.
Like many moms out there after having a baby I was determined to get fit but I didn’t know where to start. I had a trainer before I found patrick but I felt that I wasn’t getting much guidance or results. I quickly found dream fit personal training and it is the best decision I have made for my health and fitness ! This training is for those who want to work hard and see the results. You are provided with weekly weigh ins, progress pictures , a meal plan and so much more ! This is the most professional trainer I have ever been to and worth every penny . He doesn’t have any excuses , is always on time, is flexible and if you have a goal he is going to make sure you get it ! I would recommended this trainer to EVERYONE and I am so glad that I chose to go with him!
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Vlatka P.
Patrick is a great trainer. He will push you out of your comfort zone and get you where you need to be. Even though the workouts are hard I look forward working out with him. His approach is very comprehensive and he is very dedicated. If you do what he says and show up you will have results you want. I’ve been using personal trainers for about 5 yrs now and he is definitely the best trainer I ever worked with.
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Orlando is very knowledge about the field of fitness and wellness he teaches you while he trains you.
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Jasmine L.
He understands the movements throughly an why there important. Always willing to help an correct you if need be. Good trainer for sure.
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Angela D.
This personal trainer definitely pushes more than I would ever push myself and I’m very great full for the motivation!
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Edwin W.
Pat has exceeded all expectations...and this is for every training session! I felt that I was already doing hard training, was just looking for a little more experience...honestly didn’t plan on taking on more than 1-2 sessions. After 1 session!! I signed up for a month of training with Pat, worth every penny if not more (don’t tell him I said that tho) lol. If you want to achieve your goals, Pay will help you see you were dreaming too small...don’t believe me, take 1 session and become a believer for yourself.
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Kelly B.
Just recently brought them in for a student athletic training camp. The students loved it! They were able to practice and do hands on things throughout the class. Would definitely recommend them or hire them again!
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Mia H.
I've had several personal trainers and D’Allen is definitely one of the best. He will push you (just enough) to make you happy to come back the next day. He does a great job of customizing workouts to meet your fitness goals.
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Sabrina M.
I thank God for Mr. Pat...he's an awesome trainer....I told him I wanted to be healthy and he helping to achieve it....I am normally not comfortable in a gym and would quit but he told me he wouldn't give up on me....You will get results...
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Earnest D.
Dreamfit is by far the best trainer I have ever had. I belive this because he is dedicated to helping me reach THE BEST ME! He is also motivating and inspiring, and because he care he will not let you down, the results are real if you take the first step. The journey is worth every penny!
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Delaney S.
DreamerPat is where it’s at! His passion for personal training makes you love coming to your sessions with him. Not only is he professional, but his personality, motivation, technique and uplifting spirit makes you feel like you're a natural even if it's your first time trying something you think is impossible for you to do. He tailors your sessions so you're a stronger you... inside and out. He’ll push you past your limits and encourage you the entire way. His meal plans are easy to follow and he’s always asking for ways he can do better. The results I’ve seen in such a short period of time are incredible and I’m so happy I have started on this journey with Pat as my trainer!
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Jeri C.
Since I’ve been training with Pat in May I have seen a lot of growth! I am stronger, was able to implement a routine and learned how to be more self motivating. The workouts are never boring, which I love! I hate just going through the motions but these workouts really push you and make you work hard.
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Larissa j.
If you want a trainer who doesn’t care about your goals, won’t push you, and is just in it for the money then this isn’t the program for you. Whatever your goal is for yourself Pat is the person to help you achieve it. You get your personal sessions, group nights, and a meal plan... what more could you ask for? 10/10 recommend dreamfit, you won’t regret it I promise.
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Maya F.
I joined DSDQ Fitness because I wanted to train for the Army’s new physical fitness test. I had a certain fitness goal in mind. I wanted pass the test. That’s it, plain and simple. Nothing more, nothing less. In that I have been training, I have gained so much more. I have gained confidence, strength and drive. I want to be a better version of myself and my children. D’Allen cares not only about your fitness goals but you as a person. He strives to make his clients better people, physically and mentally. He teaches the importance of nutrition and how it correlates with your fitness goals. He will push you. He will probably tell you “ stop resting, this ain’t a nursing home” ( one of his famous lines). This is all to make you a better version of yourself. I’m not where I want to be YET but with D’allen I will get there. Thank you DSDQ for helping me achieve greatness. #newbodyuploading Maya
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Tressa E.
I'm the least athletic person in the world! Working with my trainer for the first time was a really good experience. He was patient with me and broke down the exercises so that I could for once in my life do them. He also explained what muscle the exercises were targeting. I'm really confident with him and I know that I will reach my goals if I continue to work with him. Dreamfit is also really affordable. Grateful, fortunate and blessed to have found them!!!
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Keith H.
Patrick is amazing. I’ve been training with him close to 8 weeks now. he is always challenging you and pushing you to perform at your best. every session is something different, guaranteed to work up a sweat. he is very knowledgeable in what he does and I 100% recommended him if you’re looking to start a fitness journey. with Patrick it’s about reaching the goal, your own goals, and also the goals he has set for you to achieve your greater self.
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Ryan E.
If you have been looking for quality personal training completely tailored to your goals, this is the place to go. Pat instructs with a unique mix of institutional knowledge, lessons learned through his own experiences and success with physical fitness, as well as a whole-hearted, no b.s. attitude. He tailors workouts and diet around your existing schedule and habits. He understands that change takes time, but he uses that to his advantage, as the changes he makes in diet and routines seem small and subtle, but when you look back, it’s quite an accomplishment. Seriously, if you feel like you’ve lost motivation or drive to reach your goals, dig deep inside, picture yourself achieving what you want to achieve, and go to Dreamfit.
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