One requirement to get into a personal trainer program is to be CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillator) certified. Every certified organization that we recommend require this prerequisite.
The easiest way to become CPR/AED certified is to take a course through the American Red Cross. They have a ton of locations all over the United States so there more then likely is one near you. To find a class near you go to the link below or click on the logo and enter your zip code and under Category select “First Aid, AED & CPR for Lay Responders”:
A list of courses will appear offering various locations and class types. Look for a class called “Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED” listed at a price of $90. Even the class called “Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” will work but costs more; $110. Choose the one nearest you or one that fits into your schedule the best. Add to cart and proceed to checkout. When checking out, many times you can get a promotional code that will take off a nice chunk of the cost if you are pinched for money. Simply search “Red Cross Promotional Codes” on Google and try a couple to see if they work.
There are two parts to the course. The first part is a online portion that needs to be completed before the respective live workshop (takes a couple hours at home, or longer if this stuff is brand new to you). You will have to print off a certificate indicating that you completed the online portion and bring that to your instructor before your live class. The live class is the second part of the CPR/AED certification. It usually takes 4-5 hours to complete and will cover all of your CPR/AED questions.
Upon completion of the entire course you will be given or mailed a Red Cross CPR/AED certification card that is valid for two years. If you are over 18, you now have all the prerequisites required to enter many certified personal trainer programs!
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