I need to get a training credential for CPR. Where do I go?
If you live in the San Francisco area, choose San Francisco CPR as the CPR training provider you will enroll in. We have a total of eight courses. Five are training courses and three are re-certification classes. They are all very affordable – the cheapest in the city without compromising on quality. You won’t find better offers for CPR training than San Francisco CPR.
Do I need to submit anything before applying for training?
You can sign up for any of them as long as you meet the basic requirements for each class or training category. The basic programs do not have any requirements but advanced courses require students to have a Basic Life Support training certificate and a passing grade on the pre-test. All of the courses have a post-test, the certification exam, that a student needs to pass before he or she is awarded a training certificate.
What courses can I apply to?
We have three training courses under basic training (Basic Life Support). These courses focus on:
- Adequate giving chest compressions and rescue breaths
- Using an automated external defibrillator (AED)
- Basic first aid for common injuries
Out of the three courses, one is for the general public (laypersons) and two are for healthcare providers (HCPs).
- Heartsaver CPR training is for the general public. It lasts 4 hours and has no re-certification available. This basic training course teaches students how to give CPR when they are alone, termed one-person rescue.
- Heartsaver CPR (C) training is for healthcare providers (HCPs). It lasts 4.5 hours and covers the same topics as the other Heartsaver course but tailors the lessons for people in healthcare.
- Basic Life Support for HCPs is an HCP course that also lasts for 4.5 hours. It has an available re-certification class that runs for 4 hours. The program teaches both one and two-person rescue to trainees.
We also have two advanced life support courses, one for adult patients and the other for pediatric patients. The basic curriculum structure is the same, focusing on the following:
- Basic CPR, first aid, and AED
- Use of medication and support equipment
- Diagnostic examinations
The two courses are both two-days long, and run between 14 and 16 hours.
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is 16 hours long, and focuses on the medical management of adult cases of cardiac arrest.
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) is 14 hours long, and focuses on the medical management of pediatric cases of cardiac arrest. Pediatric is a term used to describe patients 17 years old and younger but our PALS program usually covers management of infants, toddlers, and smaller or younger children.
What about certification? How often do I have to renew?
When you complete your enrolled program and pass the certification exam, we will award you with a training certificate that is valid for two years. Before it expires, you have to sign up for re-certification classes. Re-certification is offered for the following courses with the following program lengths:
- Basic Life Support for HCPs – 4 hours
- ACLS – 5 to 6 hours
- PALS – 6 hours and 20 minutes / 8 hours and 20 minutes