Quality CPR Training
There is a big difference between just getting a
certification card and quality CPR training. The first step is between your
Are you ready for the training, ready to get the
knowledge of how to save a life?
All too many employers and employees look for the easy fix,
they really are not interested in having their trainees know how to save a
life, and they just want to pass the requirements of OSHA, WISHA, L & I, or
whatever regulatory agency they have to report.
Is your instructor qualified and do they teach
Many part-time instructors or those who for the employer, do
not teach often enough to stay current on the trends, new subjects or to keep
relevant. Part-time instructors who teach for themselves are more interested in
making extra income rather than maintaining a quality reputation as a quality
teacher who is interested in your return in two years. We can forget a lot of
training in two years. It is important that the instructor adhere to the hard
truth, most students need almost a complete retrain of their stills.
What is the cost, this reveals in most cases,
the quality of the instruction
The price for CPR and AED certification has a broad range of
costs. The Range is from $19.95 to
$110.00. The time to learn the material can range from 1 hr to 3.5 hrs. Here
the saying is appropriate, “you get what you pay for.” Think to those info
commercials you see on TV, you can almost predict what the price is, yep, most
often it is “$19.95 or just 3 easy payments of $19.95” Do you ever get anything of quality?
Class size should be no greater ratio than 1:
10 or 12.
Anymore and the instructor cannot engage and interact with the
Does the Instructor have adequate equipment?
Again, the ratio should be no greater than 1:3, preferably
Does the instructor follow the curriculum?
This is a hard thing for the student to know, unless they
have been through the material before. Do not be afraid to ask the instructor
questions, to slow down and to repeat a step. Many times, many students say
they did not do this or that in their past training, when I know the certification
required it. This means the instructor was more worried about his time and
money than teaching the student.
In many courses these days, the workbook is an optional
purchase, but if you do not have a workbook, you should buy one to have in your
library. This is the only way to know if training has been left out.
The most common abuses by trainers are the following:
The leave out Infant CPR hands on training
They leave out (in BLS Levels) The Bag Mask or
They leave out Infant Choking
The leave out Hands on Training with the AED,
and only show the video, or do not even have a training unit.
Reduce Adult CPR hands repetitive training so
that the student has the skill engrained within them. (This is an AHA
Often the instructor leaves something out because he believes
“you will never use it or it is not part of your employment needs.” Yet he is
willing to certify that you completed that part of the course.
Well it is up to you the student to choose.
What liability do you wish to be yours, the Good Samaritan Law doesn't cover negligence.