To maintain your certification, you must take a CPR renewal class every 2 years. The renewal class will cover all of the life-saving skills included in the full CPR class. In addition, any updates or changes to CPR will be included.
CPR or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation is a life-saving skill that can be performed by almost anyone. The combination of chest compressions and rescue breaths provide oxygenated blood to major organs in addition to the brain. If someone is suffering from Cardiac Arrest, CPR can delay biological death and buy time until advanced cardiac care is available.
You do not need CPR certification to perform CPR and save a life. However, if your job requires CPR, then you must obtain your certification and keep it current. You can receive your CPR certification by taking a class with an instructor or online. Certifications are valid for 2 years. So you must take the CPR Renewal class every 2 years.
CPR Renewal Online
You can renew your certification online in minutes instead of hours in a classroom. Online education is the fastest and most convenient way to learn. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, online education has taken over as the number 1 method for CPR Renewal. Online classes can be taken at any time, and on any type of computer or smart device. In addition to being fast and convenient, you can work at your own pace. Online classes cover the exact same material as live instructor classes. The same 25-question, multiple-choice test is required for accredited certification.
American Heart Association CPR Renewal
The most popular classroom based renewal course for CPR is the American Heart Association CPR Renewal. Typically, the class takes about 5.5 hours to complete. The curriculum is very similar to the full course which usually takes about 9 hours. Our online renewal course covers the exact same material as the American Heart Association CPR Renewal. However, our class can be completed in less than an hour. If you prefer a classroom-based course with a live instructor then the American Heart Association CPR Renewal is a good option.
American Heart Association Approved?
Contrary to popular belief, the American Heart Association does not approve classes. The American Heart Association works to develop guidelines for Emergency Cardiac Care, also known as ECC. Most states mandate that CPR certification courses follow the American Heart Association Guidelines. All of our CPR Renewal classes follow
On-Line vs. Classroom Course
There are many benefits of renewing your certification online instead of in a classroom.
- Online Class: Completed in a fraction of the time it takes for a classroom-based course.
- Classroom: Takes 5 hours to renew your certification.
- Online Class: Taken anytime. Easy to set up. Use any location with internet access. Also, no need to complete class in 1 sitting.
- Classroom: Limited availability. Must schedule in advance. Also, class location may not be convenient.
- Online Class: Classes cost between $14.95 and $34.95
- Classroom: Classes cost between $65.00 and $140.00
- Online Class: Taken in the safety of your own location.
- Classroom: Extremely difficult to practice social distancing and follow CDC Guidelines.
CPR Renewal for Healthcare Providers
The Healthcare Provider BLS class is the most popular CPR class. This is the class that most employers, medical practices, and hospitals require. Most nursing and medical schools also require a Healthcare Provider BLS certification. It is essential that all healthcare providers maintain their certification and receive all updates.
Changes to CPR
Protocols for Emergency Cardiac Care, including CPR, are updated as new life-saving methods and technology are developed. Keeping your certification current is the best way to stay up to date with your CPR, AED, and First Aid skills. In addition, online students receive all changes to CPR automatically. It’s important for all healthcare workers to learn all changes to CPR, AED, and First Aid.
Can I renew my CPR card online?
Yes, online renewal is the most popular way of maintaining your certification. You can also take First Aid and Bloodborne Pathogens classes online.
Do I need to take the test again?
Yes, you need to take the test again. Your certification is valid for 2 years from the date you completed the test. However, you can review the class material and learn updates without taking the test or renewing your card.
How long does it take to renew my Healthcare Provider BLS card online?
Most people complete the online Healthcare Provider BLS renewal in less than an hour. However, some students complete the class in 15 minutes or less.
What if I fail the test?
You can take the test as many times as you need. Also, you can correct the missed questions without having to retake the entire test.
Do I also need to demonstrate CPR on a manikin?
There is no need to demonstrate CPR to renew your certification. However, your employer may require a skills demonstration.