How to Become Certified to Teach CPR


CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) saves lives. If trained, you can provide oxygen and use your hands to pump blood through a stricken person. Medical professionals are required to take CPR as part of their job, but anybody can learn CPR. With the increase of AED (automatic external defibrillators) in common public places, the interest in learning CPR has increased. Therefore, the demand for certified CPR instructors is high. To become a certified CPR instructor, classes and exams must be passed successfully. Be prepared to pay course and certification fees.

  • Become CPR certified. If already certified, check your CPR card for the expiration date. Contact your local Red Cross if it's necessary to re-certify. Take the online course for a small fee, or schedule a classroom instructor course.

  • Once you are CPR-certified, talk to fellow CPR instructors. Understand the time, stress, money, and effort needed to become certified.

  • Once you research the job, contact your local American Heart Association or American Red Cross. They will provide the initial steps you'll need to take to become a certified CPR instructor.

  • Take the Core Instructor Course (CIC). You can take the course online, via CD-ROM, or in the typical classroom-instructor setting. If you want to be in the comfort of your own home, learning online is the best option. But if you need the support of an instructor and classmates, that setting may be better for you.

  • After taking the CIC, schedule a CPR instructor course. CPR instructor courses teach you how to become an even better teacher.

  • After taking the CPR instructor course, teach a few classes with a certified instructor present. The instructor will give you tips and help you shape your own personal teaching style. When you feel comfortable, enthusiastic, and prepared, you will be ready to teach on your own.

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