Being able to tell prospective employers that you’re CPR & 1st Aid Certified is a big plus. The downside is that these courses are expensive ($80 – $120), time-consuming (8+ hours), and can be difficult to find one near you on a date you can attend. We found an option that has worked well for our caregivers for over a decade. When I first found out about on-line CPR/1st Aid courses I was skeptical that they would provide a credible experience so I went through the on-line courses through three different services and I was pleasantly surprised at how thorough they were. Each course took between 30 and 60 minutes and I was able to print out my certification as soon as I passed each course.
Cost: $15
Time Commitment: 30 minutes
Certificate is good for two years.
The Red Cross says that they have both on-line courses and a database of local hands-on courses. Each course comes with unlimited two-year access to the course materials so you can take your time getting through a class, or complete all of the modules all at once, then revisit the materials and refresh your skills as needed.
This is a confusing website that doesn’t make it easy to find the price for the courses or offer a direct route to take a course. After more than an hour cruising this website I never did find out how to actually register for and take the online courses they offer. It is a good resource for on-site courses though.
Cost: $90 – $120
Cost: $18 for both courses
Time Commitment: 30 minutes
Certificate is good for two years.
Cost: $26 for both courses
Time Commitment: 30 minutes

Certificate is good for two years.


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