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An in-person CPR training program is the perfect option for those who prefer to learn in a traditional classroom setting, ask questions along the way, and get hands-on experience with the guidance of an instructor in real-time.

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How In-Person CPR Classes Work

Just 3 Easy Steps


1.Find a CPR Instructor Near You

Do you prefer learning in a classroom setting with an instructor?

In-person CPR classes are ideal for people who learn best when they can interact with people and ask questions along the way. Find CPR instructors near you!

2.Register, Attend & Pass

Once you’ve found an instructor who is offering classes and contacted them, all you have to do is show up for your CPR certification class and enjoy the experience!

Your test will be given at the end of the course and you need a score of 80% or better to pass.

3.Receive Your CPR Card

After passing your test, your wallet card will be emailed to you immediately and a professional copy will be mailed to you 5-7 business days after completing your program.

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In-Person CPR Classes & Trends

Increasing Popularity of Blended CPR Training

It’s a little known fact that there is no governing body that sets universal standards for CPR training and certification. In fact, each state department, agency, and employer has the freedom to choose which CPR training methods they’ll accept.

While most organizations teach the research-backed ILCOR and American Heart Association steps for CPR, the requirements for learning and the process for teaching those steps through an online, blended, or classroom course vary greatly.

To determine if a blended CPR training program is right for you, consider the effectiveness of blended training programs, the organization offering the training, and the current trending acceptance of such programs and whether acceptance is increasing or decreasing over time.  

Is the acceptance of in-person CPR training expected to increase or decrease in the future? Over the years, in-person CPR classes have always been available, but blended and online learning programs have become increasingly popular. The demand for flexible, study-from-anywhere CPR courses has largely been affected by the busy schedules of healthcare workers and other professionals who require CPR certification. The COVID pandemic accelerated the development and acceptance of online programs, as well.

However, as convenient and efficient as online learning can be, it doesn’t replace the valuable hands-on experience a CPR student gets in a classroom setting. In fact, many employers prefer for their employees to complete a CPR training that includes a hands-on component.

Is in-person CPR training proven to be effective? Absolutely! While there is debate on whether in-person CPR classes are the most effective learning method, they are by far the most time-tested and long-running CPR education programs. The question of efficacy depends less on the training method and more on the learning method of the student, so be sure to choose a CPR certification class that best suits you.  

Who offers in-person CPR training? Every major training provider offers a blended CPR course including, ProTrainings, the AHA, the ASHI, and the ARC.

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In Summary

Blended CPR programs provide the best of both worlds – self-paced, convenient online lessons with the addition of hands-on manikin practice. What initially started as a way to safely continue CPR training has become the preferred method of training around the country. As of 2022, almost all employers and licensing boards accept CPR certifications earned through blended training programs. 

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Who Is In-Person CPR Training Best For?

In-person CPR classes are best suited for someone who has never taken CPR education before and is completely new to the concepts and techniques. 

You may also be a great candidate for an in-person CPR certification class if you enjoy asking questions of an instructor to make sure you understand the material, or if you learn well in a group setting or traditional classroom setting. 

Also consider the accessibility of in-person classes versus online classes. If you have a poor internet connection or you have easy access to nearby classroom courses, then an in-person CPR certification class may be the best fit for you.

Some employers will require you to complete a hands-on skills assessment and pass an exam with an instructor who can watch you perform CPR on a manikin. If your employer has these requirements and you meet some of the other criteria described here, an in-person program may be right for you. 

In-Person CPR Certification Class Frequently Asked Questions

What are the pros and cons of classroom CPR training?

The pros and cons of classroom CPR training versus a blended or fully online program are very subjective. What might be a benefit to one person could actually be a drawback to another person.

In general, though, students typically find that in-person classes can help them learn better because they are in a traditional classroom setting with an instructor. If you have questions along the way, you can ask your instructor in real-time, which is not something you can do with an online training program.

With in-person CPR classes, you also get hands-on experience and receive feedback on your technique from the instructor. This is something that can be achieved in a blended program, as well, but not a fully online program.

The downside to in-person CPR classes is that you need to find a class near you, you’ll need to travel to the class, and they typically take longer to complete than blended or online CPR classes.

Are in-person CPR classes better than online CPR classes?

“Better” is relative. The short answer is: no, an in-person CPR class is not inherently better or worse than an online CPR class. The important thing to focus on is: how do you learn best?

From an education standpoint, in-person CPR classes are better for those who learn best in a physical environment with an instructor, such as a traditional classroom setting. In-person classes are also best for people who prefer to ask questions and reinforce their learning along the way before progressing in the lesson.

An in-person CPR certification class may also be a better fit for you if you need the accountability of attending a class with other people; whereas blended and fully online programs require you to pace your own learning and hold yourself accountable to completing the program.

To help you decide which learning method is right for you, think back to when you were last in school, whether it was college or high school. Were you an independent learner? Or did you enjoy getting feedback and clarification from an instructor?

Then choose the program that best suits your learning style.

What does an instructor do in a CPR certification class?

During your in-person CPR certification class, your instructor is responsible for facilitating learning of all of the students in the classroom. He or she may lecture, show videos, answer questions, and provide hands-on demonstrations.

During your hands-on portion of the class where you get to practice your skills on an actual manikin, the instructor will watch your form and technique, and provide feedback for you to improve.

If you have questions or get stuck on any point of the material, your instructor is there to help explain the information in different ways to make sure you understand the course curriculum.

Lastly, your instructor will administer your exam at the end of the class. Depending on the program, your instructor may also be responsible for grading your exam.

How long does a CPR certification class take?

In-person CPR classes typically take 3 to 8 hours depending on the instructor and the skills being covered.

If you are taking an adult CPR class that does not cover first aid or other skills, then you can expect your class to be on the shorter end of the spectrum.

If you are taking an adult, child, and infant CPR class that also teaches healthcare skills (such as a BLS class) and first aid, then your CPR certification class will likely run on the long end of the spectrum.

Because in-person CPR classes are taught by an instructor in the room, the length of your class will also depend on your instructor’s teaching method.

Some instructors love telling stories, repeating points, and doing a lot of hands-on work.  This can increase the length of the class and can be quite unpredictable.

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