Using an AED

Learning how to use an AED properly will take just a few hours out of your day – but it can help save a life, and help give someone more time with those they love. To help you gain the skills you need, at the American Red Cross we deliver the latest information in a range of formats. With best-in-class in-person, online and blended learning courses, we make it possible for adults, teenagers, healthcare providers, school staff and others to learn to use an AED.

However, like many things, if you don't use your skills frequently, they can be easy to forget. That's why we've created step-by-step instructions for using an AED that you can print up and keep on your refrigerator, in your desk, or your bag, and refer to when you need them. In addition, we offer online refresher materials that you can refer to any time during your two-year certification period.

Why Train With the Red Cross


Red Cross CPR Training Saves Lives

Reid Heiser, Life Saver

One week after 17-year-old Reid completed his Red Cross CPR training, he needed to use it. In November 2011, Reid saved the life of Jim Hammer after he collapsed at the recreation center where Reid worked. Now friends, they share their story.

Red Cross training matters

For more than a century, we've prepared people to respond to emergencies of all sizes - from the everyday to the large disaster. Join the millions we train every year and learn the skills that can save a life.

"Without my friend's training, I would not be here"
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"I'm really glad she survived that"
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