CPR Classes – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Is your CPR Card about to expire or do you need to take a class?

If you answered yes to either of the questions above then don’t miss this! Southern California has literally hundreds of CPR and First Aid classes and instructors.

How do you choose the right one? The CPR arena can be broken down into 3 distinct groups: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

The Good: What makes good CPR classes? One word: Instructors. Knowledgeable instructors make or break every CPR class on the market. If you’re going to be sitting through 4 hours of training, it might as well be fun and informative. Make sure that you instructor has actually done CPR before and that you will have your own manikin to work with. Sharing manikins only makes the class run longer and gives you less practice.

The Bad: What constitutes bad? Two words: expensive and unprofessional. The easiest way to tell if a CPR class is unprofessional is by looking at their website. Ask them how many students they train each month and get a reference or two. Your time is your most valuable asset. You don’t want your CPR class to be comparable to traffic school.

The Ugly: CPR can’t be ugly, right? Wrong! Our winner for the Ugly Award goes to the Red Cross Certification. If you need a CPR certification, people will tell you to go to the Red Cross or the American Heart Association. So you find someone who teaches Red Cross CPR, and complete their class. You look down at the card and see the expiration date is in 1 year. Unfortunately, for the same price you could have received an American Heart Association (AHA) or an American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) certification for the same price. The difference? AHA and ASHI certifications are good for 2 years.

There you have it. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. CPR class doesn’t have to be torture anymore.