CPR Renewal & Recertification
CPR recertification courses allow you to refresh your memory, renew your skills and stay up to date on the latest techniques. Designed for those whose credentials are still valid but near expiration, our abbreviated CPR renewal courses take less time than our standard CPR classes, and allow you to maintain certification for an additional two years.
How it Works
In order to renew your CPR certification, you can either register for a blended learning course, which allows you to study online, then complete hands-on training in person, or find a class in your area that suits your needs and your schedule. Registration takes just minutes – and can help you provide life-saving care during cardiac or breathing emergencies.
According to the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council, CPR 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. This means that just one year into your two-year CPR certification, you may not remember how to help when you're needed most.
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Certification Made Simple. Fast. Easy. Digital.
The American Red Cross makes CPR certification fast, simple and easy. And with Red Cross Digital Certificates 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 https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/digital-certificate 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 CPR certification.
What is the best way to renew my CPR certification?
- Whether it's in-person, online only or through blended learning, there are many different ways to take CPR classes. In-person classes are led by knowledgeable instructors who combine lecture with hands-on skills sessions. They're a good choice for those who learn best in traditional classroom settings. Blended learning CPR classes combine online learning with a classroom skills session. Blended learning is a convenient option for those who want to learn valuable, life-saving information on their own schedule—and from the comfort of their own home. However, any online courses without an in-person skills session do not qualify for workplace certification needs.
How long is a CPR class?
- The length of a CPR class depends on the type of course you choose: online, in-person, or blended learning. In-person and both the online and in-person skills session that comprise blended learning can be completed in a few short hours. Online-only classes are self-paced, so you can complete the course all at once—or on your schedule. No matter which class you choose, you'll find an option designed for the way you live and learn.
BLS vs. CPR: What's the difference?
- When lives are on the line, it is critical that healthcare and professional responder staff have the skills and confidence to act in the moments that matter. Red Cross Basic Life Support (BLS) is meant for healthcare professionals and first responders. This comprehensive, evidence-based curriculum goes beyond a cardiac focus, making our programs unique and more robust. Red Cross BLS courses meet competency verification, education, credentialing and privileging requirements. EMS professional or a healthcare provider, CPR classes are the foundation of workplace safety training, giving immediate responders a mastery of lifesaving techniques and the confidence to act when moments matter, be the cardiac emergency be at home, at school or in their community.
Is there a CPR test?
- Our in-person and blended learning CPR classes include an in-person skills session where you will be asked to demonstrate your proficiency. Successful completion of an in-person skills session is necessary to secure certification.
How long do CPR certifications last?
- After successfully completing CPR training, your certification will be good for two years. After that, you can extend your certification and stay up to date on the latest techniques through abbreviated CPR and First Aid renewal classes. Look for courses marked “Review” or “Challenge.”