Choosing the Right CPR class

One of our most common questions is “What CPR class do I need?”  Here is a quick guide to Virginia CPR requirements (with notations for DC and Maryland).

We will use your profession to determine the correct CPR class:

Non-Healthcare: This includes Personal Trainers, Child Care Professionals, Daycare Providers, some Holistic Practitioners (such as massage therapists) and in Maryland: Pharmacists who do not deliver vaccinations.  This is also the course of choice for the workplace that has initiated an AED program and needs to certify it’s employees.

SES Students learning AHA Heartsaver AED

For this category the AHA Heartsaver AED and/or Heartsaver First Aid with CPR/AED class is most appropriate.  This course covers CPR and using an AED, as well as Choking.  The First Aid course covers initial actions in basic first aid emergencies.  Determine if you need to learn criteria for all ages-Adult, Child and Infant.  Or, when you take a class from SES, all ages are covered in every class.  The Heartsaver courses do not require a written exam, however, some employers/government agencies (Virginia’s CASA program, for instance), do require a written examination.

Healthcare: This includes nurses, CNA, GNA, RN, BSN, MSN, Physicians, MD, Dentists, Dental Hygienists  Anesthesiologists, Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, Lifeguards and, in Maryland, Personal Trainers.

For this category, the AHA Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, or Healthcare Provider CPR is most appropriate.  This program covers Adult, Child and Infant protocols, using an AED, working as a Team and has a required written examination.

Practicing AHA BLS 2-rescuer CPR with AED

If you are in doubt as to which type of course is most appropriate, please choose the Basic Life Support (BLS) course.  As this course is more advanced, it is most likely to meet your needs.

To see a list of all Safety Education Specialists CPR and BLS courses in Ashburn, VA, please visit our website: .  We offer easy online registration and promise to never cancel a class for low-enrollment.

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1 Response to Choosing the Right CPR class

  1. I like how you say that you would want to consider if a first aid class covers CPR as well. Getting training in both at the same time would probably be a pretty good idea. My brother needs to learn CPR, so he’ll have to consider a first aid class as well.

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