Safety Training Seminars on the topics of CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) and AED use are available throughout the Bay Area.  Teaching these classes are instructors skilled with emergency management training and are usually EMT’s, Paramedics, Nurses, ER Techs, Firefighters and even Police Officers.

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Free CPR classes are something people often look for, but American Heart Association CPR Certification is not something most instructors can afford to give away.  On occasion you may be able to find a free CPR class offered as a promotion intended to drive traffic to a particular store or event, though usually in those cases, the class is not offering AHA certs.   Why is this important?

The answer is that it may or may not be, depending on your need.  Safety training seminars offering CPR training from alternate organizations (ASHI for instance) are fine if you don’t need the comprehensive education offered by AHA standards, and required by many employers.  In most cases, however, employers will require the formal 2-year certification through a certified American Heart Association training center or site.

Additionally, it’s worth noting that most other organizations offering CPR and AED training are basing their programs on the AHA curriculum.  Even the Red Cross bases their CPR training what has been recognized as the world standard in CPR training and education: The American Heart Association.

Things to consider when choosing a CPR Training & Certification seminar:

  1. Does the provider offer AHA 2-year certification?
  2. Does the provider have good reviews and a reputation for high quality training?
  3. Are they easy to reach by phone or email, both before and after class
  4. Are their prices reasonable and competitive, but realistic for the training you’re receiving?

For help answering these questions or scheduling your own safety training seminar, call 925-335-6076.