First Aid Renewal & Recertification

First aid recertification classes allow you to renew your skills, learn the latest techniques and can help keep your memory fresh – so that during times of need, you're ready to respond. Designed specifically for those with credentials that are valid but nearing their expiration, our first aid renewal courses are delivered in less time than our standard first aid classes, yet allow you to maintain your certification for an additional two years.

How Renewal Works

To renew your first aid certification, you can choose to take an in-person class at a facility near you, or register for a blended Simulation Learning course, which allows you to study online, then complete a hands-on skills session in person. To register for the type of class that suits your needs and your learning style, use our find a class tool. Registration takes just minutes – but the skills you'll learn can make all the difference to those in need.

Between Certifications -

Like many new skills, first aid takes practice. But if you aren't able to exercise your skills regularly, they're easy to lose. In fact, according to the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council, first aid skill retention declines within a few months of initial training – and continues to decline as time goes by. In addition, the council found that less than half of course participants can pass a skills test one year after training.

In order to help keep your skills fresh between your initial certification and your first aid renewal period, we've developed refresher materials, which include the latest information, as well as interactive activities, like quizzes, games, and videos, that you can complete on your schedule.

For optimal knowledge and skill retention, we recommend accessing our free first aid refresher materials every three months.

Red Cross certification of completion on a tablet

Certification Made Simple. Fast. Easy. Digital.

When you learn how to perform first aid and get certified from the American Red Cross, you'll get anytime, anywhere access to your certificates; plus the ability to print, share, and download them wherever and whenever you like. Digital certificates can be viewed, printed or shared online and can be accessed anytime through your Red Cross Account. Each certificate includes a unique ID and a QR code which meets employment requirements and allows employers to easily confirm your certificate is valid. Class participants and employers can visit and enter the ID found on the digital certificate (or scan the QR code with a standard QR reader using a smart device) to access a copy of the valid certificate with student training information.

Click here for instructions on accessing your Red Cross certification.