Taking that initial CPR class is the first step in arming yourself with the tools that could help you save a life. But did you know that less than half of those trained in CPR are able to pass a skills test a year after training?
If you’re not continually using what you have learned in your CPR certification class, chances are, over time, you may forget some of that important knowledge.
How Long is My CPR Certification Valid?
CPR certifications from the American Heart Association and the Red Cross are often valid for 2 years from the date of issue. Other certification programs can vary, and it’s important that you check with your instructor or class provider to make sure you are aware of the expiration period. At the completion of your class, you should be provided a CPR card which lists your certification expiration information.
Another key reason to keep up with your CPR certification is that CPR guidelines are continuously updated every few years. It’s important to be aware of how science and treatments have changed and how those changes affect how we perform CPR.
Who Needs CPR Renewal?
The answer is easy. Anyone who takes CPR should do what they can to maintain their certification! For many jobs, such as healthcare workers, lifeguards, OSHA and safety workers, school personnel and childcare instructors, CPR certification and recertification is a requirement.
Depending on your profession, some can face termination for failing to maintain a CPR certification. It’s imperative that these personnel maintain their certifications at all times and without lapse in certification for the safety of those counting on that CPR training.
CPR Re-Certification Classes Offered Here!
CPR classes are a small investment of time and money. When you compare that investment to the life you could be saving, there’s really no comparison at all. For more information on CPR renewal classes in Raleigh, NC and Richmond, VA – please check out our class listing.
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