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 Simulation 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.
To stay fresh on your skills between training classes and for the preparedness information you need every day, download the FREE Red Cross Mobile Apps. In addition, we recommend you review your course materials on a regular basis. Digital copies of our participant materials may be accessed here: www.redcross.org/participantmaterials.
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 redcross.org/confirm 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.