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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.

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 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.  

What do you learn in a first aid course?

First aid training gives you a variety of lifesaving skills for responding to many different emergency situations. In a first aid course you’ll learn about how to examine someone who’s been hurt, how to use a defibrillator, how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and how to control bleeding and trauma. Some courses include pediatric first aid as well as adult first aid; helping a choking infant, for example, is different from helping a choking adult. Although you can take CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) courses separately, most first aid training includes both.

In a first aid course you’ll also learn how to respond to:

  • Wounds, including punctures, cuts and hemorrhages
  • Heart attacks, chest pain and respiratory arrest
  • Bone fractures, sprains and torn muscles
  • First-, second- and third-degree burns
  • Poisoning
  • Choking
  • Bites and stings
  • Hypothermia or frostbite
  • Shock and seizures

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 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.

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.

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 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.

Reviews for Alexandria trainers
Thumbtack Customer
Exceptional trainer.
ELIN Fitness Redefined®ELIN Fitness Redefined®
Thumbtack Customer
The in-home training sessions are the best option for busy people. Chris matched me with Helen, a great trainer and perfect fit!
Certified Personal Trainer Chris JonesCertified Personal Trainer Chris Jones
Thumbtack Customer
Professional and a great trainer!
Angie Lee Personal Fitness TrainerAngie Lee Personal Fitness Trainer
Karene R.
Svetness Fitness exceeded my expectations. My trainer is here each morning on time and consistent. My trainer challenges me without being overbearing. She is funny and has cool way lightening up the most intense workouts. The consistency of my training would be impossible without my trainer. Thanks again Svetness Fitness for your attention to detail and customer service.
SVETNESS Personal TrainingSVETNESS Personal Training
Marcus L.
Great trainer! Workouts very effective!
Angie Lee Personal Fitness TrainerAngie Lee Personal Fitness Trainer
Taylor B.
ELIN personal training is perfect across the board - you establish clear goals when you start, and your trainer will push you to work harder, eat smarter, and get stronger.
ELIN Fitness Redefined®ELIN Fitness Redefined®
Thumbtack Customer
Coach Vince is an amazing trainer. He is very encouraging and supportive. :)
Coach V  (Serving Washington, DC)Coach V (Serving Washington, DC)
Jacenta C.
Svetness provides outstanding personal trainers. Ashley provides 5 star service and pushes you to meet your goals. I would recommend Ashley and Svetness to anyone looking for a personal trainer that is an expert in fitness.
SVETNESS Personal TrainingSVETNESS Personal Training
Jessica D.
ELIN personal training redefined is a whole different experience. I never expected that a personal training company could provide so much value. These guys definitely live what they do. Their passion is contagious! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
ELIN Fitness Redefined®ELIN Fitness Redefined®
Thumbtack Customer
Very challenging workout, and well balanced! One of the best trainers I've worked with!
G-FitG-Fit
Thumbtack Customer
She was prompt, thorough, and extremely professional. She also made the training fun!
Khadijah A. Long CPR, BLS, First Aid InstructorKhadijah A. Long CPR, BLS, First Aid Instructor
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent in-home personal training! Chris is very motivating in a way that is not too pushy. He is also very personable and he doesn't guilt you on eating habits, etc.. I'd highly recommend his non pretentious personal training services.
Certified Personal Trainer Chris JonesCertified Personal Trainer Chris Jones
Kim C.
I had an excellent trainer who came to my home 3x a week for 6 months. Unfortunately, the Svetness business model is flawed. They contract/1099 trainers and have an issue paying on time. Svetness withheld payment from my trainer even though they were getting paid by me on time. My trainer had to cancel my future sessions because she wasn't getting paid, left Svetness, and has a family to support. Svetness either has an issue with cash-flow or administrative practices. Either way, I didn't receive any management or customer support. I had to email two different email addresses because the trainer manager I was originally assigned left. When I finally got a hold of someone named James, he blamed my trainer who has been the only steady face and brand of Svetness since I started. First he told me that she didn't turn in her training sheets on time to get paid but then admitted they have a new payroll system/Paychex and he had a check waiting for her her to pick up. I wasn't offered another trainer and was told by James that if I cancel my contract, he'll have their attorney call me. Svetness has some maturing to do with their internal operations and customer service. I won't proceed with my contract-no new trainer provided and terrible customer service.
SVETNESS Personal TrainingSVETNESS Personal Training
Thumbtack Customer
It's been 9 days since Robert has been training me and I have lost 10 pounds in that time. His professionalism, knowledge and true desire to help comes thru the moment you meet him. Great trainer!
Fitness Stop LLCFitness Stop LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I am extremely happy with my personal training program with Svetness and the professionalism of my trainer, Lauren. Lauren is reliable, always on time; and most importantly, the training sessions are challenging and never boring. I never had a personal trainer before and was really hesitant about making the call, but I'm so glad I did. I would highly recommend Lauren because she is very knowledgeable; her training varies from a nice mix of core, upper body, lower body and high intensity exercises. I never thought I would look forward to an early morning, hour-long workout, but I can stay motivated around Lauren because she is so friendly and I feel comfortable around her, which allows me to push myself through each exercise. Thanks Lauren!
SVETNESS Personal TrainingSVETNESS Personal Training
Thumbtack Customer
I have been training with Robert Armstrong (Fitness Stop LLC), Personal Training, 4 times a week since November 18, 2015. I researched numerous fitness programs and met various personal trainers in my local area before choosing Fitness Stop LLC. I found an immediate connection with Robert and his training program as I felt he truly cares in working with his clients to reach their fitness goals regardless if its 10 or 60 pounds. His personal experience in weight loss and dedicated training drives his clients to achieving their fitness goals as he has. My goal is to lose 25-30 pounds within 6 months from the start of my training. Robert provided me with a meal plan that I have been disciplined in following. He prepared me to understand the challenges I will experience when changing to a healthier lifestyle with consistent exercise and diet. Robert has the patience yet pushes his clients to the level he knows they can achieve and they do. He works well with clients with injuries as well. In the first 3 weeks I trained with Robert, I lost 10 pounds. I definitely met my goal in losing the most difficult 10 pounds in less than the time I expected and because of it, I am more motivated and determined and will continue training with Robert. Losing pounds and maintaining the weight loss was always the most difficult for me but because Robert's training varies and not boring, I look forward to each training session and always feel accomplished after. The only regret I have is that I wish I had started sooner with Robert Armstrong and Fitness Stop LLC but like anything in life, better late than never.
Fitness Stop LLCFitness Stop LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Very good training. If you want quality and get on the road to good health and fitness. This is your man!
ELIN Fitness Redefined®ELIN Fitness Redefined®
Thumbtack Customer
Khadijah was great! Not only did she meet me, she was friendly and got the training done timely.
Khadijah A. Long CPR, BLS, First Aid InstructorKhadijah A. Long CPR, BLS, First Aid Instructor
Thumbtack Customer
Great trainer Robert will work with your goals schedule whatever it may be, to get you where you want to be!!
Fitness Stop LLCFitness Stop LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Prompt and helpful in communication. Set me up with a great trainer who comes to my complex gym. Satisfied with the service.
Certified Personal Trainer Chris JonesCertified Personal Trainer Chris Jones
Morgan D.
I’ve been training with first stop fitness for a couple of months now, it’s been great. Rob is always on time, professional and knowledgeable. I’ve been out of town and Rob still sends me workouts while I’m out of town. He’s very responsive, and a hands on trainer. I would highly recommend first stop fitness to anyone.
Fitness Stop LLCFitness Stop LLC
Anni F.
Absolutely exceptional in every single way. Elin is without a doubt one of the most positive and supportive coaches. He listened closely to my goals and selected the perfect trainer for me. Trainer Alek is an amazing person who customized a program for me that is challenging, but not overwhelming. Working with Alek is very motivating and he pushes me to work harder to reach my goal in a very subtle way, so that a hard workout still is enjoyable and fun. Every week he emails me a workout summary and an overview of where I’m currently standing in my training. Elin is also tracking my progress and he reaches out every week to check up and see if everything is working out to my satisfaction. Elin and his team are professionals who truly enjoy helping people like me reach their goals. Customer satisfaction is highly regarded and they work with you to accommodate your schedule and budget. I have worked with different trainers and studios in the past, but Elin and his team are taking personal training to a whole new level.
ELIN Fitness Redefined®ELIN Fitness Redefined®
Thumbtack Customer
This week my fiance and I began training with Kevin. It's been a great experience! He is prompt, professional, personable, and fun to work with!
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Diamond A.
It was very good. The young man that got me set up made me feel comfortable and his personality sold me on the trainers here
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Thumbtack Customer
I hired Elin as my trainer so that I could exceed the Navy PRT. I normally score good or average but I wanted to do better and get at least an excellent so that I could become the commands Assistant Fitness Leader. Well I had 3 weeks to train with Elin and my goal was over exceeded. I maxed out my push ups, sit ups and scored excellent on my run. I was very pleased with my results and Elin's commitment to train me. My schedule is jammed pack and I like that he is very communicative in rescheduling with me and managing his time to meet up with me. He was very professional, genuine and committed to fitness and health. He pushed me and kept me motivated. I would recommend Elin to anyone who is looking for a personal trainer that will get the job done!
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