Bay Area Free CPR Classes
Free/ Low Price Public CPR Training
I frequently receive phone calls and emails from people looking to take a CPR class for free. It is possible to find free or low cost CPR classes throughout the Bay Area. The American Red Cross and the American Heart Association offer these type of classes about once every 3 months. The name of this course is called Hands Only CPR or sometimes it is advertised as CPR Saturday or Sidewalk CPR. Theses courses do not provide any type of certification card, but it offers a chance for students to practice the steps of CPR on a manikin.
Also, the Sports Basement in Walnut Creek offers American Safety and Health Institute basic CPR classes about once per month. These courses are not valid for medical professionals, since those in the medical field must take an American Heart Association BLS renewal. The current price for these classes in 2016 is $15. Their phone number is 925-941-6100.
Official Certification Card
If you need to receive an actual CPR certification card as part of a job requirement, you would need to take an official American Heart Association class. The reason these certification courses are not free, is because there are lots of expenses involved with taking a course. The CPR company must purchase thousands of dollars of equipment such as infant CPR manikins, bag valve masks, AEDs, DVDs, and provide the certification cards. Also, there are other expenses such as rent, insurance, instructor pay, tables, chairs, utilities, etc.
Low Cost CPR Classes/Online CPR Classes
It is possible to find low cost CPR classes by taking a course over the computer. However, online CPR classes are an internet scam that has been around for the past few years. It is possible to pay $50-60, and then print out a CPR card within 5 minutes. There is no practice involved, and the certification card you would receive is not valid. To be on the safe side, take an official American Heart Association CPR class. You can call us if you have any questions: 415-437-1600