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5 Questions About CPR Certification

Frequently Asked Questions About CPR Certification


Updated January 24, 2014

CPR certification might be required for your job and you need to know if an online class is proper. Maybe you just want to know what to do in case a loved one suffers sudden cardiac arrest. It could be that you're last CPR certification was from high school and you're wondering if it has changed much.

Below are some of the most common questions I hear about CPR certification. If your question isn't covered, contact me. I'll be happy to answer your question and add it to the list.

1. Do I have to do CPR if I'm CPR certified?

Some folks are reluctant to get CPR certified because they believe they could be sued if someone collapses near them and they don't do CPR. Do you have to do CPR if you are CPR certified?

2. Can I do CPR if I don't have a CPR certification?

Now the opposite question: Is the card all that important? Can you still do CPR if you don't have a CPR certification?

3. Now that new CPR guidelines are out, do I have to retake the class?

When the newest CPR guidelines were released by the American Heart Association, a reader asks what happens now? Do all the folks who just got CPR certified have to go back and take the class again?

4. Are online CPR certifications valid?

For a few bucks and a computer, any number of web sites will let you print out an official-looking card, suitable for your wallet, proclaiming you certified in the basics of CPR. That's a great time-saver, but how valid are online CPR certifications?

5. Where can I find CPR training?

There are two reasons to find CPR training classes: to get a CPR certification or to actually learn CPR. Unfortunately, not every CPR class will satisfy both goals. Ideally, CPR training is always going to be about learning to do CPR well. Where do you go to find good CPR training?
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