American Red Cross CPR/AED training courses allow you to learn how – and when – to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). Training options include online courses, in-person class work, and our best-in-class blended Simulation Learning, which combines online information with hands-on skills sessions. This way, you can choose the type of course that suits your schedule and your learning style best – and be ready to deliver care when it's needed most.
Why Get Certified
The average response time for first responders once 911 is called is 8-12 minutes. For each minute defibrillation is delayed, the chance of survival reduces by approximately 10%. Fortunately, with CPR/AED training, which takes just a few short hours, you can gain the skills necessary to help save a life.
Once your training has been successfully completed, you'll receive a two-year certification in CPR/AED, and have the ability to access refresher materials at any time during your certification period.
Who Red Cross CPR/AED Training Is For
At the Red Cross, CPR/AED training is available for individuals, schools, healthcare providers, businesses and more. And with in-person, online and blended Simulation learning courses, you can choose the type of class that suits your needs best.
CPR/AED Renewal & Recertification
If you've already been through CPR/AED training from the American Red Cross, but need to renew your certification, you can do so in an abbreviated class designed to refresh your skills and test your knowledge.
Why Train With the Red Cross
Red Cross CPR/AED 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"
- Watch Bre Dumke's Story
"I'm really glad she survived that"
- Watch the Snyder Family's Story