The convenience of online education is great, and we currently offer a variety of online courses for first aid and CPR training; however, we’re strong believers in teaching the hands-on components of CPR and first aid in a classroom. Much of CPR training relies on muscle memory, and the only way to train those muscles is to actually use them, which is why the vast majority of our online courses include a required hands-on component that’s only taught in a classroom.
Online CPR Training Vs. Classroom CPR Training
You will find a lot of CPR certifications that can be completed entirely online, but that doesn’t mean they “should” be completed entirely online, especially if you’re getting your certification for the first time. If you’re evaluating different training companies, we recommend picking one that includes some level of hands-on training that takes place in an actual classroom.
Why Beginners Shouldn’t Take Online CPR Classes
If you’ve never been certified in CPR, opt for a classroom your first go around. It’s recommended that beginners, especially for courses like the BLS for Healthcare Providers, go through the entire class in person. Once you’ve received your certification, feel free to sign up for an online class when it’s time for renewal. Our years of experience has taught us that first-timers simply do better in a classroom setting. It’s easier to ask questions and get speedy responses, and there’s something to be said about in person training that just can’t be replicated online.
Online Class Are Great for CPR Certification Renewal
If you already have a certification that simply needs renewing, online courses are a great option. Aside from the things that have changed with CPR since 2015, you already know the basics, so the course will primarily be a refresher. However, even if you’ve already completed the hands-on training once, opt for a company that offers some component of in-person, hands-on training.
Why Hands-On Class Time Matters
If you’ve ever tried tying a knot from a picture, then you may understand what we’re talking about. A picture can only get you so far. Pictures can be interpreted differently by different people. Nothing can replace having someone show you first-hand how to do something, whether it be tying a knot, wrapping a bandaging, or applying the exact amount of pressure needed to complete a proper chest compression. It’s also important for new CPR trainees to learn why going through this training is about more than a certification or piece of paper, it’s about saving lives.
Picking a CPR Class that Fits Your Schedule
We offer online options for many of our classes to help folks with busy schedules. We understand that many healthcare professionals work odd hours, crazy schedules, and have small windows of time to complete tasks like CPR Certifications. Peruse our full catalog of CPR and First-Aid classes on our website or contact us for more information about a particular class or certification requirement.