CPR certifications come in all shapes and sizes, directly tailored to the needs of a particular group. This includes everything from general classes for parents, children, and babysitters, to more in-depth and medically intensive courses, ideal for nurses and those in the healthcare field.
The good news is if you live and work in Virginia, high-quality, two-year CPR certification courses required for your job, or for your peace of mind, are available within close proximity to wherever you live.
Additionally, the large majority of these courses are willing to come to you, via onsite course offerings. This makes it easier for employers, education administrators, health club and pool managers, etc., to get the training they need, in a group format, at your place of business or any other convenient location.
CPR Certification Programs in Virginia
CPR Consultants is one of the largest providers of American Heart Association (AHA) authorized CPR certification programs.
This AHA-authorization is worth noting as the American Heart Association is the leading, CPR research authority in the nation.
While other versions of CPR training are certainly valid, those agencies (such as the Red Cross) actually base their training and information on current, AHA research and recommendations. Thus, AHA approved courses provide training based on the most current and immediate AHA recommendations and statistic-based findings.
Interested parties can enroll in courses offered at the CPR Consultants Richmond training center, or you can work with them to schedule corporate CPR training which are mobile CPR certification courses that are set up at your location of choice.
The instructors are prepared to work with any size group to ensure you get the training you need, in a timely manner, and at a location that works best for the participants.
Some of the most popular courses offered include:
Heartsaver CPR/AED – Adult Child & Infant
This is the most popular course for the layperson. If you are not in the medical field but are interested in learning all the basics of CPR, including chest compressions and rescue breathing, for adults, infants and children, this is the course for you.
It’s most often attended by:
- Parents and/or families
- Teens and young adults interested in babysitting or nannying
- Childcare providers
- Lifeguards and those who work around pools
- Employers desiring managers, safety personnel or the general employee body to have current CPR/AED skills
- Educators and coaches
CPR Consultants offer classes regularly. Click Here to view our current schedule and openings.
Heartsaver CPR/AED and First Aid
Some employers require a combination of CPR and First-Aid training, which is why we’ve created this course. Grouping the two is an efficient way to gain certification in both areas.
Heartsaver CPR/AED and First-Aid courses are most commonly attended by:
- Child care providers (including babysitters) who want to round out their knowledge
- Lifeguards and health club employees
- Company safety managers
- Educators and coaches
Click Here to view a current list of dates, times and course availability.
BLS for Healthcare Providers
The Basic Life Saving (BLS) certification is specifically aimed towards healthcare providers. The AHA refers to these courses as more thorough, high-quality CPR certifications.
Working in a healthcare, hospital or related medical environment makes it highly likely you’ll encounter a scenario requiring CPR/AED skills across various populations and ages. A collaborative format allows participants and instructors to hear and simulate real-life scenarios.
BLS certification courses are geared towards:
- CNAs and other health care aids
- Occupational therapists
- Police officers
- Anyone in a healthcare-related field
Click Here to view a list of upcoming course dates and availability.
ACLS for Healthcare Providers
Advanced Cardiac Life Support classes are the next rung up on the healthcare-specific CPR courses. They take a more comprehensive and big picture approach to cardiovascular health.
Also geared towards healthcare professionals, these courses operate in a cohort or group format, as professionals look at how group dynamics and communication can help to proactively treat cardiopulmonary events before they escalate to full cardiac arrest.
This course teaches participants how to better recognize and intervene in various heart-related medical events.
While any healthcare professional or member of the public can enroll in an ACLS certification program, they’re most applicable for:
- Paramedics and EMTs
- Medical professionals working in Urgent Cares, ERs, ICUs and other critical care units
Just as CPR courses can be paired with first-aid courses, many healthcare professionals opt to combine the BLS and ACLS courses together as the two complement one another.
Click Here to view CPR Consultants list of ACLS Certification Courses.
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
This certification course piggybacks on the BLS and ACLS concepts but as you can imagine is centered wholly and specifically on the pediatric population.
PALS follows a similar format to others in the sense that it’s instructor-led and uses a combination of video and collaborative group formats to simulate pediatric emergencies. It also reinforces important concepts pertaining to the following:
- Proactive, positive team dynamics and communication
These courses are tailored to anyone working within the pediatric healthcare setting. Additionally, it’s a wonderful tool for childcare providers who have children in their care with health care conditions making them prone to cardiac emergencies.
Click Here to view our current listings of PALS courses.
Online CPR Certification Programs in Virginia
While online courses are always available for AHA CPR certifications, we highly recommend first-timers take an instructor-led course at least once. There is something much more powerful and longer-lasting about getting the information you need person-to-person, hearing it, seeing it and discussing it with others.
Plus, even those who take the online courses still have to connect in person to demonstrate their newfound CPR skills comply with the courses CPR/AED requirements.
It makes sense to carve out the time and take advantage of instructor-led classes where you have the opportunity expand knowledge, ask questions, hear different perspectives and experience real-life scenarios.
That being said, the online course options are fantastic for busy professionals who are interested in renewing their certification, which is required every two years.
Looking for CPR Certification Programs in Virginia?
Live too far outside of Richmond to make it CPR Consultants? There are other, AHA-approved CPR training centers within your area.
Other CPR Certification programs in Virginia include:
- Roanoke: Roanoke Valley Safety Institute
- Norfolk: Baxters Health Training
- Staunton: Central Shenandoah EMS Council
No matter where you are in and around Virginia, there is an American Heart Association-approved CPR Institute or center standing by. We’ll ensure you and or your employees get the training you need to provide skilled CPR that saves lives.