BLS Certification in Connecticut
The American Red Cross offers BLS training in Connecticut for new learners and experienced learners looking for remediation, as well as review courses for those who already hold a current healthcare provider-level CPR / AED certification. In all cases these classes take approximately 2.5 to 4.5 hours to complete. In addition, we offer a Challenge component for those seeking certification but do not want to attend a full course. This option allows participants to prepare on their own before completing the required written exam and skills assessment in front of a certified instructor.
Connecticut BLS certification courses are led by best-in-class instructors who combine lecture with hands-on skills sessions, which allows you to learn the information and put it into practice quickly. Held in a traditional classroom setting, our in-person classes provide students with the opportunity to ask questions and work through the information with their instructors and classmates. In addition, you'll receive direct guidance on performing skills so you can become confident in your methods prior to taking your certification exam.
Our best-in-class Simulation Learning experience is designed for those who need the freedom to learn at their own pace. Delivered via a combination of self-paced, interactive classes, and culminating with in-person skills sessions, these Connecticut BLS classes give you the opportunity to train on your schedule, and demonstrate your skills to a certified instructor.
In addition to offering BLS training in Connecticut for healthcare providers and first responders, we also offer classes to help you become a certified Red Cross BLS instructor. Not only can this certification allow you to teach BLS classes to your own crews and/or teams, but it allows you to deliver training to others across the state.
At the Red Cross we know that if you don't use your BLS skills regularly, they're easy to forget. That's way after your BLS training in Connecticut, we'll give you access to a wide range of refresher materials. Designed to keep your skills sharp and your memory fresh, our refresher materials include quizzes, games and videos, and they're all free.
Because your certification is only valid for two years, Connecticut BLS training isn't a one-time process. In order to maintain your credentials, certificate holders who are nearing the end of their certification period, or those whose certifications are within 30 days of expiring, must take a BLS renewal course to avoid a lapse in certification. Once successfully completed your BLS certification will be extended by two more years. The Red Cross offers online and in-person renewal courses so you can choose the right class for the way you learn.
All of our BLS classes in Connecticut, and across the country, use the Red Cross BLS Handbook. This training resource allows you to study real-life situations, which may include complicated scenarios where multiple people may need care, and multiple symptoms may require treatment. This way, you can practice prioritizing care even before treating your first patient. In addition to the handbook, we offer a wide range of online materials that you can access before, during, and after your class, and continue your education long after earning your certification.