American Red Cross CPR training classes give you the information and the skills you need to help adults, children and infants during cardiac emergencies. Whether you choose 100% in-person or blended learning CPR classes, our world-class instructors deliver the most up-to-date information that's engaging and effective, preparing you for the moments that matter.
Getting Your CPR Certification
CPR certification takes just a few short hours, but can help you add years to someone's life. Successful completion of an in-person or blended learning course gives you a two-year certification in adult and/or pediatric CPR.
Taking CPR Classes
With our in-person classes or our award-winning blended learning opportunities, it's easy to find a class that suits your schedule and your learning style.
CPR Online Classes
Our online CPR courses educate you on how to respond to cardiac emergencies. But remember, hands-on skills training is needed if you need to satisfy a workplace training requirement for certification.
CPR Renewal & Recertification
If you've already been through Red Cross CPR training and feel that your skills are still current, you can renew your certification in an abbreviated class designed to refresh your skills and test your knowledge. Look for a course marked either “Review” or “Challenge.”
CPR Programs for Schools
Teachers and administrators can get the CPR training they need to help their students during times of crisis, and we offer programs with special pricing for students. Learn more.
CPR for Healthcare Providers
Red Cross CPR training for healthcare providers delivers evidence-based learning in the classroom and through blended learning programs. Look for courses such as CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers, Basic Life Support, Responding to Emergencies and/or Emergency Medical Responder.
What is the best way to learn CPR?
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.”
Can you perform CPR if your certification is expired?
Yes. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), if cardiac arrest happens to someone near you, it's better to act than to do nothing, even if you've never had formal training or your certification is expired. Call 9-1-1, send someone to get the AED, begin CPR, and continue CPR until medical professionals arrive. Even if your technique isn't perfect, it'll give the victim a far better chance of survival. Of course, the best way to save lives is by staying current on your CPR certification, so if it has expired, go to our Find a Course page to sign up for you CPR training.
Why Train With the Red Cross
Red Cross CPR Training Matters
More than 4.6 million people are trained in Red Cross lifesaving programs every year. Many go on to use their training to save lives.
Watch as the team at Shelby Electric Cooperative receives the Certificate of Merit, one of the highest awards presented by the Red Cross. Listen as they share how their Red Cross safety training gave them the skills to save their co-worker's 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