• AED Certification in Illinois

    At the Red Cross, we believe in empowering people of all walks of life to provide compassionate care when, and where, it's needed most. And for more than a century, we've been doing just that. Through our science-based courses, including our AED training in Illinois, as well as our first aid, CPR, babysitting courses, and more, we can help you gain the skills and confidence needed to elevate your career, help others during times of need, and get more from all that you do. Explore the classes available in your area – and discover the many ways to train with the American Red Cross.

    There's no question that AEDs help save the lives of those in sudden cardiac arrest – and at the Red Cross, we believe that everyone should know how to use them. That's why we offer a wide range of AED classes in Illinois. Through our in-person, online, and blended Simulation Learning courses, we've taught thousands of people how, and when, to use AEDs correctly. If you'd like to take a class as an individual or as a family, all you'll need to do is find the course that works for you and enroll. It's that simple. Of course, classes can fill up quickly, so if you'd like to train with those you know we recommend that every member of your group enrolls as early as possible.

    Note: Though most students are 16 or older, younger students are welcome to join us for training.

    AED classes in Illinois can not only help you learn how to use an AED properly, but when to use it. After all, AEDs should only be used on a person who is experiencing sudden cardiac arrest – and AED training can help you identify if or when using the device is appropriate. Find a class in your area and learn how to provide care to those in need.

    If having an OSHA-compliant certification isn't required for your job or a volunteer position, then gaining your AED certification online in Illinois is an option. Our online courses deliver the same lecture material and information as our other classes, but instead of using an in-person skills session to test your knowledge, you'll complete a series of interactive activities that will challenge your judgement and help you understand how and when to use an AED. Find details on all of our online AED classes, and sign up for your training in minutes.

    After earning your Illinois AED certification, you might be wondering whether you should have an AED at home. After all, they're located in most public spaces, office buildings and transportation hubs, and given that time is of the essence when caring for someone in sudden cardiac arrest, it just makes sense. Or does it? According to the Mayo Clinic, "if you're at high risk of sudden cardiac death due to a specific heart rhythm problem, your doctor will likely recommend an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) rather than an AED." In addition, home AEDs can be costly, aren't often covered by insurance, periodically require maintenance services and may not be ideal if you live alone or with someone who may not be able to position you (or themselves) easily for proper usage. In general, if you're concerned about your need to own an AED, talk to your doctor. In the meantime, simply knowing where AEDs are located and how to use one may just be enough.

    Whether your goals are personal or professional, the Red Cross can help you get the training you need to meet them. With our science-based courses, online, in-person, and blended Simulation Learning courses that allow you to learn your way, and local, knowledgeable instructors who can explain concepts in ways that all students can understand, we can help you not only grasp the concepts addressed in class, but become comfortable using the techniques and helping others during times of crisis. To sign up for AED training in Illinois, browse our newest class schedule and choose the right format for the way you learn.