Do You Know How to Check Your CPR Card Status?
So you have taken the CPR or First Aid class and mastered the skills, and possibly even used your skills in real life? However, do you not know if you are still CPR certified? With everything moving so quickly nowadays it is easy to forget your CPR certification due date and when to renew your CPR certification. But remember that it's important to remain current on your certification and learn those updated CPR and First Aid training techniques.
Additionally, once you’ve completed the training course, you might think that you are all done. On the contrary, a CPR certification does expire. So don't forget to understand how long your certification is valid for, how to check your status, and what to do if it has become void.
Why Does A Certification Card Expire?
Taking a CPR or First Aid class is different than participating in a hobby or a sporting event as you you can't practice it everyday! Further, if you are not a healthcare provider where you might use CPR and First Aid skills at work, you might not ever use the lifesaving skills you've just learned. As a result, it is possible to forget how to administer CPR or even use an AED. After a few years, it is important to get re-certified and go over these critical techniques again as science changes and new information becomes available. Staying current with your CPR or First Aid certification allows you to be knowledgeable of not only the latest and greatest best practices but also advancements in science.
How Long Does a certification last?
So you might ask “how long is CPR certification good for?” The answer: the American Heart Association and American Red Cross CPR certification is valid for 2 years from the date you complete the training course. After that date, either your certification becomes void, or you can take another class to maintain certification and keep your skills sharp.
Please remember that the certification expires 2 years from the date of course completion, not necessarily from the day you receive the card. At Help-A-Heart CPR, we provide our students with their certification card within 24-48 hours after the class.
Why is it important to renew your cpr certification?
Most healthcare providers such as nurses, physicians, and paramedics are required to maintain a BLS certification (BLS is the healthcare equivalent for CPR and stands for Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers). Consequently, if you are in the medical field your employer will most likely require proof of BLS certification. On the contrary, for the general public whose jobs might not require a CPR or First Aid certification, it might be easy to accidently forget and let your current CPR or First Aid certification expire. Don't let that happen as it’s still essential to take renewal classes and maintain your certification.
Regardless of whether an active CPR or First Aid certification is required by your employer, it’s always a good idea to add to your existing knowledge and refresh those important life-saving skills. A CPR or First Aid renewal class will help provide clarity and maintain your own CPR expertise.
Renew Your CPR certification with help-a-heart cpr!
Now that you know how to check CPR certification status, did you find out that your CPR certification has expired? Don't fret. It’s easy to renew your certification with Help-A-Heart CPR! The course typically takes between 2.5 hours and 4 hours depending on what certification you need to complete and there are various options to choose from. Upon completion of the course, you’ll also receive a certification card within 24-48 hours that renews your status. Sign up for a course here: CPR & First Aid Training.
If you’ve never been CPR certified, don't waster another minute. Our CPR Certification Classes are taught by medical professionals who have actually used CPR in the field. With real-world examples, engaging lessons, and hands-on practice, we create a positive, fun learning environment for our students. You’ll learn incredible life-saving techniques, including how to administer CPR and proper AED usage.
So, what are you waiting for? Sign up for a Help-A-Heart CPR course today! Give us a call at (210) 380-5344 or register online anytime at www.helpaheartcpr.com.
Dr. Tracy A. Jones is the CEO of Help-A-Heart CPR, LLC and an American Heart Association, ASHI, and American Red Cross Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.